Community Science Day

double helix, microscope, microorganisms and science-related items

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Calkins Science Center
GRCC Main Campus


Join us for an exciting day packed with hands-on science and health-related activities! We have more than 30 unique, interactive sessions to enjoy with your fellow community members.

Admission is free and open to all ages! There will also be giveaways, prizes, face painting, temporary tattoos and, of course, hot beverages! Our sessions will also feature:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Obstacle courses to learn the science behind exercise and thinking
  • A traveling zoo
  • Investigating and testing pH levels
  • Using red cabbage to explore acids and bases
  • Extracting DNA from Wheat Germ
  • Creating your own silly putty
  • Building your own DNA model
  • Teddy Bear X-ray Clinic (bring your teddy for an X-ray!)
  • Building your own robot (5th graders and up)
  • And so much more!



Community Science Day takes place over the course of four entire floors in the Calkins Science Center — we’re making a lot of room for a lot of fun! Volunteer greeters will be holding balloons so you can easily identify them. They will be handing out brochures and directing you to your activity.

*Activities are ongoing unless otherwise noted.

Room 103

Baby Got Vax

You survived chickenpox. You don’t know anyone with polio. So, why are vaccines necessary, and what are the risks of skipping or delaying your child’s immunizations? Spin the Wheel of Disease and find out!

Questions About Immunizations? Ask the experts at the Kent County Health Department (KCHD)

Room 106

Biology Learning Center

Check out the free drop-in tutorial support offered for all of our Biology courses. You can warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and enjoy some simple arts and crafts activities for kids.

Rooms 125 & 127

The Science of Exercise and the Brain

Twist, bend, and jump through obstacles and activities while learning the science behind exercise and thinking. All abilities and ages welcome.

Room 138

Discover Nutrition: Learn and Give

*Sessions begin every 30 minutes starting at 10 a.m.

Are you confused on how to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat? This workshop provides information for all age groups on proper nutrition and the whys behind each food group and its benefits for body and brain. You will walk away not only with knowledge of nutrition and resources to guide you and your family, but we will also give back to a community organization that serves more than 7,500 children daily with sack suppers and learn about another organization that helps almost 1,100 area food banks and agencies.


Room 139

Rethink Your Drink

How much sugar are you consuming? The answer might surprise you! Compare sugar amounts in popular drinks and learn about the effects on your teeth. 


Second Floor Hallway

Pick out a temporary tattoo and have your face painted, for free!


Room 228

John Ball Traveling Zoo

*45-minute programs begin each hour starting at 10 a.m.

John Ball Zoo educators will focus on how animals play and how our zookeepers keep the animals happy and healthy. Come and have an up-close encounter with live zoo animals.


Room 232

Why Do Apples Turn Brown?

Learn why apples brown by testing them in various liquids and comparing results.

Investigating pH

Middle school students from Immaculate Heart of Mary School will teach you about pH. You can then use pH probes to test household products.

Inheritance and Variation of Traits

Just like animals, plants offspring differ from each other in their traits. Investigate these differences by observing the seed pods of a red bud tree.


Room 235

Using Red Cabbage to Explore Acids and Bases!

*Sessions begin every 30 minutes starting at 10 a.m.

Make your own pH indicator from red cabbage juice, and then use it to test several different household products to determine if they are acids or bases. 


Extracting DNA from Wheat Germ!

*Sessions begin every 30 minutes starting at 10 a.m.

DNA will be extracted from wheat germ so it can be spooled and viewed.


Room 241

Wash Your Hands of This ... Are You a Good Hand Washer?

Use glow-in-the-dark lotion to determine which hand-washing techniques are most effective in removing germs.


Room 242

What's That Smell ... Exploring Your Senses.

Put your sense of smell and taste to the test, and learn how these senses are connected to each other.


Incredible Edibles

Create your own edible beads and learn the science behind the project.


Room 243

GRCC GUARDIAN GANG: Invasive Species Awareness

Learn about invasive species in Michigan, their impact on the environment and what you can do to help! Kids can play games, join the GRCC GUARDIAN GANG and learn how to protect the environment from these alien invaders!

Blandford Nature Center

The center will offer two meet and greet sessions with wildlife: 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 12:30 to 1 p.m.


Third Floor Hallway

Best and Worst Thanksgiving Foods

Evaluate and choose which is the "healthier choice" between the typical foods served at Thanksgiving.


Room 302

Macaroni Skeletons

The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone's connected to the hip bone ... find out what bones connect together and if you can identify any of their scientific names as you assemble your very own skeleton out of macaroni noodles to take home.


Room 303

Build Your Own DNA Model!

All ages are welcome to learn more about DNA structure while creating an edible double helix!


Habitat Sweet Habitat

Can you help lost animals find their home? We are looking for bold explorers ages 2 to 8 years. who can follow clues and relocate our wild friends to habitat where they can live long lives.


Room 327

The Amazing Human Cell

Have you ever seen a brain cell? A cell from the heart? Explore the exciting microscopic (tiny) level of your body! View cells under the microscope and design your own giant cell out of a cupcake and candy!


Anatomy Bingo

Think you know your body parts? Can you match them to their functions?  Then B-I-N-G-O — there's a prize for you!


Room 333

"OH MY" Butterflies

Visit live caterpillars and butterflies with Dr. Matt! You can also check out a large display of butterflies.


Room 339

Frog Surgeon!

*Adult supervision needed for our younger surgeons. 
Dissect a frog during this event to learn about its anatomy while seeing how much we have in common with this amphibian! This will be an on-going/drop-in activity until we run out of frogs. Scissors will be used for the dissections.


Room 348 (Auditorium)

Blandford Nature Wildlife Presentation from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

*Limited to 50 participants

The excitement of nature comes to you with Blandford’s Wildlife Ambassadors. Learn why these special animals came to Blandford and why they can no longer survive in the wild. The featured animals include turtles, a rabbit, a falcon and an owl.  You can also learn about Blandford Nature Center and all it offers the community!

Room 427

Rocks Rock!

Play with our augmented reality sandbox, and change the landscape using our stream table. You can also predict the path of contaminants in a groundwater model, look at rocks under a microscope, or make our seismometer “jump” by recording your own earthquakes.


Room 444

Artistic Robots

*Fifth graders and up
Design and build your own artistic robot. Work through design challenges to make it move around and spin to draw pictures using markers!


Room 503

Can-Do Canoe

Build a canoe out of Popsicle sticks, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, tape, etc. and see how long it floats and how much weight it carries. The winner will be awarded a prize.


Room 506

Make Your Own Silly Putty!

Have you ever wondered how fun toys like Silly Putty, Gak, and Slime are made? It's the properties of polymers that make them delightfully bouncy, stretchy, sticky, moldable, breakable, hard, soft, and just plain fun! Learn about polymers while our own version of Slime or Silly Putty. 


Room 538

Into the Rainbow

Explore the chemistry and physics of light and colors with hands-on — and eyes-on — activities.


Sessions in Cook Hall

(GRCC Students on the first floor will direct you to the Cook Building)


Room 323: Radiologic Technology Lab

What Caused the Injury?

Match the fracture to the injury!

Know Your Bones!

Place the correct bone on the human body diagram, and you are a winner!

Teddy Bear Clinic

Bring your teddy bear to get a radiograph!

Skeleton Face

Kids can have their picture taken as a skeleton and take home the photo!


Room 421

Eating and Dressing with Ease

Operate adaptive equipment that those with disabilities use to perform these daily tasks.


Room 423

Wheeling in a Wheelchair

Complete a wheelchair obstacle course to experience the challenges of mobility limitations.


Room 425

Show Your Strength

Compare your grip strength to others your age.


Room 427

Speaking Without Sound

Use the iPad as an alternative communication device.


Room 436

Meet Max! 

Max is the mannequin that blinks, breathes, and talks. See how nursing students learn to palpate pulses, take blood pressures, and listen to his beating heart and breathing lungs.