Monday, March 13, 2017

Parris Powers Honored with Science and Math Expo Naming

The 16th annual Volunteer State Community College Science and Math Expo has a new name. Former Vol State Associate Professor of Chemistry, Parris Powers, organized the event for many years and passed away in 2016. He is being honored for his hard work and dedication to science education. The event will now be known as the Parris Powers Science and Math Expo. 

Students are already reacting fondly on social media to news of the naming. There are hundreds of students over the years who have worked on Expo activities and thousands of kids and parents who have attended the event. Parris helped to grow the Expo into one of Vol State's best outreach events.

The Expo will continue in 2017 as an outreach and education event. It’s a fun day of science learning for kids K-8 and their parents and grandparents.

“You can see the kids have a genuinely fun time while learning something,” said biology instructor, Billy Dye. “It’s great to see kids discover that science isn’t stodgy and stale, but it’s alive, active and interesting.”

Many of demonstrations and activities are put together by Vol State students, who gain a new perspective on science and math education.  Topics will include: water properties (cohesion, adhesion, and surface tension), dry ice demonstrations, and education on biodegradable and recyclable materials. Students can make, and take home, their own bouncy polymer balls. The Cumberland Astronomical Society and Vanderbilt Mobile Planetarium will be on hand, with much discussion of the upcoming August total eclipse of the Sun in Middle Tennessee.

The Vol State Science and Math Expo will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will take place in and around the Wallace Health Sciences Building- North. 

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