Community explores STEM at Rowan-Cabarrus

  • Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:08 a.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:14 a.m.
Niccole Mackubbins, 9, of Concord, mixes water, food coloring and glitter into a sparkling vortex on a biotechnology lab stir plate as Yaw Buster, 8, of Kannapolis, looks on. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College held a STEM Open House on Friday with educational activities and demonstrations for all ages. Karissa Minn/Salisbury Post
Niccole Mackubbins, 9, of Concord, mixes water, food coloring and glitter into a sparkling vortex on a biotechnology lab stir plate as Yaw Buster, 8, of Kannapolis, looks on. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College held a STEM Open House on Friday with educational activities and demonstrations for all ages. Karissa Minn/Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS — Local residents of all ages had some hands-on fun with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on Friday.

The college held its second annual STEM Open House at the college’s teaching facility on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. It featured dozens of interactive exhibits for kids and adults of all ages.


Visitors created instant ice cream with liquid nitrogen, made bouncy balls, tested their skin for sun damage and helped a robot disarm a simulated bomb. They learned about DNA extraction, motorsports technology, the chemistry of dyeing hair and the science of firefighting.

Several microscopes gave people a peek at specimens like the wing of a fly or a tiny sea star. They could play a video game on one computer, next to another that showed the science that went into making it.

The event was started with the goal of attracting prospective college students, but the college wanted to draw in a wider audience this year. Hundreds of people, from preschoolers to grandparents, attended Friday.

The open house is one of the many events occurring as part of the N.C. Science Festival taking place from April 5-21. The college has coordinated with other universities, schools and groups in Kannapolis to design events that will appeal to the whole community. For more information, visit cityofkannapolis.com/celebratescience.

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