STEMfest planned for Sept. 29

STEMfest planned for Sept. 29

Sept. 21, 2018


The Maryville College chapters of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society (BBB) will host the 6th annual STEMfest on Sat., Sept. 29, from 3 until 7 p.m. on the lawn of the College’s Sutton Science Center.

STEMfest is a science fair-based festival celebrating the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is being held in coordination with the Admissions Office's Meet Maryville preview day for prospective students and their families.

The 2018 festival will include fun games, such as “Life-Sized Operation,” “Beat-the-Heart,” and “Name that Element,” as well as exciting contests like the pie eating competition and “CRASH Test Engineering.” The event will include interactive mini-science experiment demonstrations, informative booths from community partners dedicated to STEM and chances to win prizes from earning points and buying raffle tickets. Prizes range from science gadgets to miniature ecosystems.

STEMfest is open to the public and appropriate for all ages, elementary children through adults, according to Victoria Deal ’19, president of the campus Tri-Beta society. Admission is free and includes 15 tickets to play games.

“Student members of ACS and BBB have put in countless of hours of planning, organizing and setting up, as well as creating innovative games and finding fun new prizes so we can interest more people in STEM fields,” said Sarah Glenn ’19, president of the campus ACS chapter. “We hope local students and residents will take time out of their day to enjoy STEMfest and celebrate these sciences.”

Follow ACS and BBB on Facebook and on Twitter at @ACS_Maryville to learn more – and follow the accounts during the Sept. 29 event to see live-streamed videos and photos. Weather-related changes will be announced through these social media channels.

For more information, contact Dr. Nathan Duncan, assistant professor of chemistry.

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 2019 semester is 1,148.