Santa Monica College (SMC) will hold a STEM Festival in celebration of Earth Week, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Entry to the festival is free. It will feature hands-on experiments, live demos, and interactive workshops for children of all ages. Participants will meet in the college cafeteria at 10 a.m. Parking on any college lot is free on the day of the STEM Festival.
“SMC’s STEM faculty and students are so excited to invite community members, students, and families to come celebrate Earth Week with us on this day of learning,” said SMC Associate Professor of Chemistry Jennifer Hsieh, one of the festival’s organizers. “We promise it will be fun!”
Live demos and experiments will include learning about iron composition in iron-fortified cereals—and extracting iron using strong, rare earth magnets; extracting genomic DNA from strawberries; performing chromatography to separate the colored pigments in a permanent parker; learning principles of gravity and physics by launching water-soaked foam balls using a gigantic slingshot; and much more. Also featured is a coding workshop, an “Integral Bee” where participants can watch SMC students and professors battle it out on the whiteboard, solving calculus integrals for prizes, and a hydrogen fuel cell demo, where an SMC Chemistry professor will exhibit—and talk about—a fully functional cell that SMC students built.
To attend the SMC STEM Festival 2018, please RSVP at www.smc.edu/STEMFestival2018. The college cafeteria–on the ground floor of the Cayton Center—is located on SMC’s main campus at 1900 Pico Boulevard and is accessed via the Pearl Street entrance (parking lots 1 and 5 are closest). Please see smc.edu/MapsDirections for a detailed map of the SMC Main Campus.
For more information on the STEM Festival, please contact Jennifer Hsieh at email@example.com or call 310-434-4887.