GRCC’s Community Science Day includes free activities for all ages



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

Nov. 17, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Families can get a peek into the world of science -- and try out some of the equipment and techniques used by professionals -- during Grand Rapids Community College's Community Science Day on Nov. 21.

Students, staff and faculty from GRCC's biological sciences, physical sciences, exercise science, radiologic technology and occupational therapy programs have organized experiments, projects and tours for budding explorers of all ages. The event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Calkins Science Center, 226 Bostwick Ave. NE.

Professor Leigh Kleinert, of GRCC's biological sciences department, said organizers hope to make this an annual event.

"GRCC science and health faculty and students look forward to hosting a fun, interactive science day for all ages," she said. "There are more than 30 different activities that will be going on simultaneously."

Funding for the event was awarded to the biological sciences department through a grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Community partners include Immaculate Heart of Mary School, the Blandford Nature Center, the Kent County Health Department, the Michigan Invasive Species Coalition, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and the Michigan Campus Compact.

Activities include:

  • extracting DNA from wheat germ.
  • operating adaptive equipment that helps people eat and get dressed.
  • visiting a Teddy Bear Clinic to get an X-ray of your favorite stuffed friend.
  • working with polymers to create "slime" or play putty.
  • Making sherbet or hand warmers.
  • crafting your own canoe -- and testing it out.
  • twisting, bending and jumping through the science behind exercise and thinking.

Most of the activities are designed for all ages. The session on "Skeletal Forensics: How to 'Read' a Skeleton" is only for high school students, who must register in advance by emailing Jan Colvin, biological sciences laboratory coordinator, at

Parking is available in the visitor ramp at Bostwick Avenue and Lyon Street. You may enter the ramp from Bostwick.

For more information, contact Kleinert at or (616) 234-4251.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 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.