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Celebrate Pi Day at IHCC’s STEM Festival

    Celebrate Pi Day at IHCC’s STEM Festival, March 14th, 2015 Students and families welcome to attend this free event


    Indian Hills Community College will host a free, family-friendly STEM Festival on Pi Day, March 14, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Visit STEM exhibits that feature interactive learning activities, hands-on demonstrations and fun make-and-takes. Booths will be hosted by local business and industry, high schools and colleges, and student and professional groups. The event is free and open to the public.


    Abby, a student who attended last year, had this to say about the event, “I liked how we got to try activities. I learned so much more than I ever expected. I would have never guessed that science, technology, engineering and math could be this fun!”


    In addition to the booths, festival goers are welcome to bring a sack lunch, and in honor of Pi, we’ll be serving free Pie for Pi at noon. Then, at 1 P.M., festival goers can Try the Pi. Come and try your luck at saying as many numbers of Pi (3.14159+) as you can. Prizes will be awarded based on age and correctness. Finally, take a selfie during the festival and Blast the Pi out on social media at 1:59, which is part of Pi and the close of the festival.


    In the past, festival-goers, ranging in age from pre-school to retirement, learned about the geometry of bubbles, technology in robotics, germs on a cell phone and the science in music and art. “This festival is a one-stop exposure to a variety of STEM opportunities,” said Sarah Derry, SC STEM Hub Manager. “It’s also a way for business, industry, educators and the community to network.”


    Partnering with the South Central/Southeast STEM Hubs and Great Prairie Area Education Association, Indian Hills Community College hopes to introduce Iowans to educational and career opportunities offered in STEM. Once curiosity is sparked, its potential is limitless.


    The event will be held at the Rural Health Education Center on the Indian Hills campus, located at 525 Grandview Avenue in Ottumwa. For more information or to register for the event, please visit https://scstemhub.drake.edu/. Walk-ins are welcome.