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It's Rocket Science at Vol State March 29

Submitted on March 09, 2012 at 9:31 AM

The Volunteer State Community College Science and Math Expo goes to new heights this year with a rocket theme that should provide plenty of excitement. It's titled "2012: A Rocket Odyssey." It's the eleventh year for the annual event, which brings in hundreds of kids and parents to explore science. There will be more than fifty demonstrations and hands-on activities covering subjects from chemistry and biology to environmental science and astronomy.

"We'll have Moon rocks and meteorites on loan from NASA on display," said event co-organizer Parris Powers. "We're also going to have an event where the kids can make bottle rockets and compete as they fire them off."

The Expo is designed for kids from kindergarten through middle school. The activities are put together by Vol State Science and Math students, who gain a new perspective on science and math education.

"It enhances our student's critical thinking skills by taking something they have learned in class and then having to conceptually understand it, to the point where they can explain it to elementary and middle school students," said Powers.

Activities this year include: telescope viewing with the Cumberland Astronomical Society, wildlife rehabilitation and animals from Walden's Puddle, a talk by News2 Meteorologist Davis Nolan and the always popular egg drop contest.

The Vol State Science and Math Expo will be held on Thursday, March 29 from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. It will take place in the Wallace Building on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information call 615-230-3261.

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