STEM Fest planned for April 9

‘Kids of all ages’ invited to Sunday’s STEM Fest

April 5, 2017

With activities like “Egg Drop Engineering” and “Coke and Mentos Jousting,” members of Maryville College’s American Chemical Society and Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society hope this Sunday’s STEM Fest event will make science fun and accessible for kids of all ages.

The outdoor fair, scheduled for 2-6 p.m., April 9 on the front lawn of Sutton Science Center, is open to the public. Entry is $5 and includes 20 tickets to play games. MC students and prospective students are admitted at no cost.

“We hope to make a positive impact on how kids and young adults view things within the fields of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math],” said Thomas Moore ’17, Tri-Beta secretary. “Everyone can enjoy this event as it has a little something for everyone! Science games can be fun and educational for kids, while competitive for adults.”

Community partners participating and offering activities and prizes include Appalachian Bear Rescue, Blount County Eye Center, Tennessee Valley Authority, Blount County Public Library and the Muse Knoxville, an interactive children’s science and art museum.

An inflatable obstacle course and slide and “Dunk the Professor” station is planned.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.