GRCC hosts Community Science Day on Nov. 19



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

Nov. 11, 2016 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College has teamed up with the Kent County Health Department, John Ball Zoo and other West Michigan organizations to offer free activities on Community Science Day.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19, budding scientists of all ages can take part in experiments, projects and tours. Activities take place in Calkins Science Center, 226 Bostwick Ave. NE, and nearby Cook Hall, 143 Bostwick, with volunteers to direct visitors between buildings.

Students, staff and faculty from GRCC's biological sciences, physical sciences, exercise science, dental assisting, nursing, radiologic technology and occupational therapy programs have organized the event, which is funded through a Grand Rapids Community Foundation grant.

Leigh Kleinert, anatomy and physiology professor, said the activities are just as rewarding for the GRCC students who volunteer as they are for the community. 

"Community Science Day is a great way for students to apply what they are learning in class while giving back to their community," she said. "Plus they earn a service recognition certificate to use in their portfolio. It's a win-win for our students and the community!"

The county Health Department will answer immunization questions, while the John Ball Traveling Zoo will demonstrate how animals play. The Blandford Nature Center will lead activities centered on invasive species, and participants in the "Discover Nutrition" sessions will have a chance to help Kids Food Basket and Feeding America West Michigan.

Other activities include:

  •          Using Red Cabbage to Explore Acids and Bases! Make a pH indicator with red cabbage juice and then test it out on household products.
  •          The Amazing Human Cell. View cells under a microscope and then design your own with a cupcake and candy!
  •          Come Meet Max! Nursing students will show how they learn to take pulses and blood pressures with Max, a mannequin that blinks, breathes and talks.

Most activities are open to all ages. 

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.