DACC plans science night
DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College is gearing up to host its Family Science Night event for area elementary school students and their families.
The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Mary Miller Gymnasium at DACC, 2000 E. Main St. It is free and open to the public.
Wendy Brown, a microbiology instructor; her colleagues in the math and science division; and DACC student volunteers will put on more than 50 interactive science stations at the event. While most of the activities are geared toward K-5 students, Brown said everyone is welcome to attend.
Brown launched the first Family Science Night a decade ago and has been putting it on every other year since then. Each of the previous events have drawn more than 500 children and their families.
"Science is best learned hands-on. Younger children need to be exposed to the fun side of science before they lose the ability to be wowed by it," she said, explaining the reason behind the event.
Planned activities include building and flying rockets, seeing your DNA, creating recycled paper, using a microscope to view pond water, flying a hot air balloon, investigating worms, interacting with reptiles, making slime, extracting colors and more.