GCC SciTech Festival 2013
ready for the 2014 SciTech Festival at GCC!
Date: February 21, 2014
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Place: Life and Physical Sciences Plaza, GCC Main Campus
Community College hosts the 2014 GCC SciTech Festival! Exciting fun for all
ages: current students, prospective students, parents, kids, and the
community are welcome! This page is your portal to the latest news and
events as we prepare for the Festival on February 21, 2014. Check back
often for updates -- you won't want to miss it!
Come learn about the Mars Curiosity rover from a
NASA funded scientist!
Dave Williams, a research professor from ASU who works on several NASA
missions, will come to GCC to tell us the latest about the Curiosity
rover. He will present a brief presentation with Mars images and video
clips from Mars on the half hour:
4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30 in PS 148. This is a don’t
get your Wyld on! The GCC Department of Physics
will feature a number of events at the GCC SciTech Festival:
Lightning: Physics Wyld
will fire up the Van Der Graff generator with a event that will make your hair stand on end!
You'll love this shocking experience!
Book Tug-o-War: As
featured on Mythbusters! We will take two standard
telephone books and interleave the pages together -- no glue or other
adhesives. Can you put together a team that can pull them apart?
Target Gallery: Think
you're a good shot? See if you can hit the target when the ball does a
complete 360-degree vertical loop before launching!
in the West: Do you
think you're fast? Find out just how fast you are in this test of
reaction time for all ages. Drop a ruler and catch it again as fast as
you can -- try for the smallest drop possible. Do video games really improve
the Tables: When an ice skater spins, she
tucks her arms in to go faster and extends them to slow down. Make
yourself turn by tilting a bicycle wheel? How does this work? Experience
it for yourself! This event is definitely not for the weak of stomach --
you were warned!
Soda? Diet or regular soda, it's
all the same, just without the calories, right? Not so fast! Come see a
demonstration of how these two nearly-identical soft drinks aren't so
identical after all.
Come join the GCC Chemistry
Department for exciting explosions, geysers of goo and perhaps even a
little glow-in-the-dark magic!
Toothpaste: Does an
elephant need toothpaste? If it did, it would have to be a lot, right?
This exciting experiment creates a dramatic fountain of pasty goop,
enough for a whole herd!
Nitrogen: Freeze the air into a liquid!
See how this amazingly cold liquid superfreezes
anything it contacts. Don't touch!
Bottle: A roaring detonation and a
fountain of flame - you won't want to miss this!
Snake: It's just sugar, right? Wait
'til you see what happens when concentrated acid turns common sugar into
a slimy, slippery, sinister serpent!
Fireflies have nothing on us! Once the sun goes down, we'll be making our
own glow-in-the-dark fun!!
Skygazing! Separate event on March 7, 2014 at
North GCC campus at 7:30pm!
get a taste of the heavens at the GCC SciTech Festival on the North
Campus! The astronomy department will have telescopes available that will
enable you to see our stars and constellations. Once you've seen the
stars, launch outward with a game of "Solar System Golf" --
walk through a scale model of the Solar System and try to get the best score
in this fun target game. Great for kids and adults alike! Located in the west parking lot.
Gold and Fossils!
for gold (is it real or is it fool's gold?) and make your own rubbing of
an actual fossil -- it's yours to keep! The GCC Geology Department will
show you everything you need to know to learn to pan for gold. Create
your own ancient work of art that you can take home and display. Come see
a miniature watershed on the stream table! The Geology Department also
will have a number of fossils, crystals, and other geological wonders on
display. Is that really
dinosaur dung over there...?
Visit the Biology and Life
Sciences area for exciting demos and activities! The Biotechnology Lab on
the third floor of the Life Sciences Building will be open for tours as
Triathlon: Come test your knowledge and
your athletic abilities by competing in the GCC Science Triathlon. Teams
of two will complete a course made up of three physical feats alternating
with questions about science. Final score will be based on time and
accuracy. Perfect for teams of all ages -- parent and child, two friends,
two siblings, two teens, two adults -- questions will be age-appropriate.
GCC Science Triathlete Certificates (with score) will be awarded to all
read about in crime stories, watched in on CSI, and maybe even seen the
results of it in your relatives. Now see it in person as the Biology
Department extracts actual DNA during the festival!
Corner: Biology in the study of life
in all its forms. Come see preserved specimens of animals of all types!
impact does carbon dioxide have on the ocean? Come do a simple experiment to find
AZ SciTech Festival 2014
Arizona SciTech Festival is the BIGGEST Arizona celebration of innovation
EVER! Over 250 organizations have partnered together to showcase
Arizona’s leadership in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
through a series of hands-on activities, workshops, conversations,
debates, stunning exhibitions, concerts, guided walks and tours. There
are over 150 FREE events in your neighborhood taking place in February
and March 2014. Visit AZSCITECHFEST.ORG
for event details and more information.