WCC plans a ‘spooktacular’ day

For the Tribune
Posted 9/23/21

Wayne Community College will provide a virtual “Spooktacular Science Saturday” on Oct. 9.

Children of any age are welcome to participate, but the activity is geared toward …

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WCC plans a ‘spooktacular’ day

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Wayne Community College will provide a virtual “Spooktacular Science Saturday” on Oct. 9.

Children of any age are welcome to participate, but the activity is geared toward elementary-aged kids. During the free hands-on event, children can make fizzy candy and learn about substances at opposite ends of the pH scale.

“We’ll teach participants about acids and bases, and they’ll get to make their own edible fizzy treat,” said Lynn Swafford, biology instructor and honors program coordinator at WCC. “When you taste it, you’ll get to experience a chemical reaction happening in your own mouth.”

Biology 110 honors students are planning the live event. They’ll be assisted by college faculty.

“We’ll also talk about pH and neutralization reactions, so older kids and teens can still have fun and learn something new,” Swafford said.

The first 100 registered children will be given activity kits supplied by the NC Community Colleges’ BioNetwork. Kits will be available Oct. 2 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in front of the Wayne Learning Center on WCC’s main campus.

Registered participants will receive an email with details about the virtual event, which takes place from 10-11 a.m. Individuals are asked to complete a registration form at https://bit.ly/SpooktacularScience.

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