HPU Hosts Fifth Annual Science Fair

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 6, 2009 – High Point University recently hosted more than 150 parents and children for the fifth annual Piedmont Science Fair for Non-Public Schools.
The event, held on Jan. 31, included two one-hour demonstration shows – a chemistry demonstration by Dr. Harold Goldston from the Department of Chemistry at HPU, and a physics demonstration by Dr. Bill McNairy, a lecturer and physics lecture demonstration coordinator from Duke University. Dennis Hands, an astronomy instructor at HPU, also set up a telescope for solar and daytime lunar observing.
Children participating in the science fair presented their projects and were interviewed by judges as well. This year, the event welcomed students from around the Triad, including children from Greensboro Montessori School, Greenhills School, Our Lady of Mercy and Community Baptist School, as well as children from Classical Conversations home-school groups and independent home-school families.
While waiting for their interviews, children and parents enjoyed hands-on experiments. In chemistry, they had a contest to see how many drops of water could be stacked on top of a penny. They also extracted iron from cereal, separated components of ink and food coloring from each other using paper chromotography, made polymer worms, extracted DNA from strawberries and produced a hissing carbon snake (from the dehydration of sucrose). In physics, they made an electric generator, made homemade speakers out of a cup, wire and magnet, made spirograph patterns with a laser and rotating mirrors, and got a shock out of a Van de Graff generator. Approximately 20 HPU chemistry and physics students assisted with the experiments.
Dr. Aaron Titus, assistant professor and chair of the HPU Physics Department, says the event was highlighted by the amazing curiosity of such talented young people who exhibit the excitement of scientific discovery. “During the physics demonstration show, Dr. McNairy looked at the children and said, ‘You are scientists!'”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if many of these children go on to study science in the future,” says Titus, who organized the hands-on exhibits and demonstration show along with Goldston. “Not only do we hope to turn kids on to science, but we also hope to recruit them to HPU.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.
Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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