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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to host STEM open house

KANNAPOLIS — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will hold its sixth STEM open house at its facility on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

From 5 to 8 p.m. April 6, the college will have an interactive showcase for the college’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. It is open to the public.

“Almost everything we do in life has STEM applications, but not everyone realizes it,” said Carol A. Scherczinger, dean of the college’s science, biotechnology, mathematics and information technologies. “STEM subjects are very concrete. Science deals with our natural and physical world. Technology has given us the iPads, smartphones and computers we use every single day. Engineering is all about building things. Mathematics ranges from financial decisions to gaming strategies, such as playing pool or engaging in games of logic.”

The college will have dozens of interactive STEM exhibits for children and adults. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about astronomy or engage in activities involving 3D printing and forensic recovery.

“The STEM open house is a true celebration of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “One of my goals since coming to Rowan-Cabarrus is to increase the breadth and depth of our STEM education. I fully believe that everyone can be interested in STEM – and that it is critical that we embrace these subjects. America used to be the leader in technology and innovation. It’s time for us to reclaim that role.”

The exhibits will include live welding and blacksmithing demonstrations, an escape room and a display on how to build a house in 10 minutes.

“Holding this event at our building on the North Carolina Research Campus makes a lot of sense. Our NCRC building is the home of our biotechnology and nursing programs – two of our most STEM-intensive curricula,” said Spalding.

Many surrounding public and private schools are planning to bring students to the open house.

“The target audience for this open house is broader than it has been for open houses of the past. In addition to driving more traditional-aged prospective students, we also want younger children (elementary- and middle-school age) to participate with their parents,” said Scherczinger.

The STEM open house is one of the many events that are part of the N.C. Science Festival on April 7-23. The college has committed to play a large role in the festival. Activities will focus on engaging the younger generation in science. Programs across the state are designed to bring science to life for students and their parents.

For more information about the open hosue or to bring a school group, contact Dusty Saine at 704-216-7105 dusty.saine@rccc.edu. The location for the STEM open house is on the North Carolina Research Campus at 399 Biotechnology Lane.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, visit www.rccc.edu.

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