Rowan-Cabarrus Community College brings back in-person STEM Open House event

KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) – From the RCCC: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites the community to enjoy a range of exciting exhibits and interactive experiences as it resumes its popular in-person STEM Open House after canceling the event for the past two years in due to COVID-19.

The event will take place on Thursday, April 28 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the College’s facilities on the North Carolina Research Campus, including the state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Center that houses engineering and other high-tech programs. Participation is free and the public is invited.

Engaging interactive exhibits will make this a fun evening for all ages. Exhibits will be designed by College departments to stimulate the curiosity of children and adults, and visitors might be surprised to learn some of the STEM-related facets of everyday life.

The College’s engineering department will showcase 3D printing, electronics, automation systems, robotics and more. The Chemistry and Life Sciences departments will offer fascinating lab activities such as burning ice, oxidizing gummy worms, and exploring blood type. The math department will show how common games involve concepts such as accuracy, pattern recognition, strategy and probability.

Public safety departments, including criminal justice, emergency medical services and fire protection, will offer activities such as virtual reality (VR), and visitors can visit a Kannapolis Police Department exhibit and check out a Kannapolis Fire Department fire truck.

The College’s nursing programs will highlight topics such as sleep health in exhibits featuring student research projects.

The STEM Open House is part of the NC Science Festival, a month-long celebration across the state designed to bring science to life for people of all ages. The Rowan-Cabarrus event is one of hundreds planned across the state in April to showcase science, technology, engineering and math. The North Carolina Science Festival, founded in 2010 by Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, is the premier statewide science festival in the United States. Celebrating its 12th anniversary this year, the festival continues to highlight the economic, educational, and cultural impact of science in North Carolina.

“There are hundreds of thousands of vacancies in STEM-related industries, but many people are unaware of the opportunities and fields that exist,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, President of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Bringing STEM to life for the community helps raise awareness of the many avenues that can lead to fulfilling, well-paying jobs.”

The STEM Open House will be held at the College’s Advanced Technology Center and North Carolina Research Campus, located on Biotechnology Lane in Kannapolis. For more information on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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Joseph K. Bennett