Black Hawk College East Campus recently hosted the 3rd Annual Science Fest for area high school students. Approximately 118 students representing Wethersfield, Galva, Stark County and Alwood high schools attended the event sponsored by the Black Hawk College East Foundation.
The morning began with Dr. Alan Abbott demonstrating physics and chemistry principles in a way that was both entertaining and informative. Following the demonstrations, six students from each high school formed teams that competed against each other in a quiz bowl that included both “hands-on” challenges and scholastic bowl type questions. Several physical science topics were addressed including flight, acid and base chemistry, sound, the laws of motion and electromagnetism. The Galva High School team won the quiz bowl.
Assisting Dr. Abbott, was Katie Rushing-Anderson and Charlie Brown, both Biology instructors along with a number of students.
The Science Fest and a $2.1 million science lab addition are indicators of the growth in science programming at the East Campus. The science lab addition is scheduled to open in August 2013 with laboratories designed to better facilitate teaching and the latest teaching technology and equipment for bench-top experiments.
With the recent addition of two new biology instructors and a part-time physics instructor, new science courses and a new Science Club have been created.