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North Carolina Science Festival (NCSciFest)

April 09, 2021

06:00 PM - 08:00 PM


GTCC is pleased to participate in the North Carolina Science Festival (NCSciFest), the country’s first statewide celebration of science. This virtual event is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NCSciFest showcases science you can do from home with several taped videos and live-streamed sessions. 

6:00-8:00 pm on Friday, April 9Please join us as STEM students present several activities and demonstrations.

Live demonstrations:

  • Shadi Quiroga will be giving a presentation about her salamanders and why salamanders have been useful for finding toxins in our water supply.
  • Fernando Maia will be demonstrating his Arduino electric car, illustrating electronics and coding techniques.
  • STEM students will also facilitate an experiment extracting DNA from a strawberry. Below is a list of supplies to purchase if you would like to try this at home. All items can be found at the grocery store or a Dollar Store:
    • Plastic baggie
    • Frozen strawberry
    • Detergent/hand soap/shampoo 2 tsp
    • Salt 1/2 tsp
    • Water 1/2 cup
    • Coffee filter or two layers of paper towels
    • Household rubbing alcohol 1/4 - 1/2 cup
    • Popsicle stick, tweezers anything to grab the DNA

Recorded demonstrations:

  • Volcano: Short demonstration on how to make a volcano at home.
  • Growing Crystals: How do you grow crystals?  This video is a short demonstration of how to grow crystals and what to expect.
  • Using Red Cabbage as a PH Indicator: Short demonstration on how to use this vegetable as a PH indicator.
  • Density/Buoyancy Demonstration: Have you ever tried to pick a person up in the swimming pool or ocean?  Does it seem easier than on land?  Have you ever tried to pick to objects up that are the same size but made of different materials? Do they weigh the same?  In this video we are going to learn about density and buoyancy.  We will explore why some things sink or float when submerged in water.