Northwest Nazarene University to host annual Science Extravaganza
Northwest Nazarene University will host the annual Science Extravaganza for area middle school students Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 at its Thomas Family Health and Science Center, 606 Dewey St.
More than 1,000 students come to NNU’s campus and learn from selected undergraduate students who provide them with a hands-on experience. The Idaho National Laboratories sponsors the event that has been held at NNU for more than a decade.
Dr. John Cossel, NNU professor of biology and leading herpetologist, looks forward to this time of year because, “it allows middle-school-age students to experience science at a different level and exposes them to the thought of higher education as well as potential career opportunities in the science field.”
One of the favorite sessions is “Creepy Crawlies,” which focuses on reptiles and amphibians from NNU’s tropical rainforest vivarium. NNU college students share about the research they are conducting with endangered species of amphibians – as well as letting the middle school students see living examples of the exotic species.
In addition to the “Creepy Crawlies,” this year students and teachers will also spend three days learning about photosynthesis, osmosis and robotics. The physics club from Mountain View High School (in Meridian) will display their hovercraft project, and Micron will guide students through explorations involving the physics of catapults.
(photo: courtesy NNU)