By Gary Manier – Collegiate Staff
The Biological Sciences department at Grand Rapids Community College will host a free Community Science Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 21 at the Calkins Science Center. The event will be filled with hands-on health related activities. There will also be giveaways, prizes, face painting and hot beverages. The Kent County Health Department will be available to answer questions regarding immunizations and new school vaccination requirements.
“This is our first Community Science Day, we plan to make it an annual event,” said Leigh Kleinert, GRCC Department Head and Professor of Biological Sciences.
Hot beverages and tours of the science building start in room 106 and face painters will be in the second floor hallway. Community Science Day will have more than 30 interactive lessons for all age groups, and some of them are run on a schedule. These lessons include:
Baby Got Vax, located in the first floor hallway. This is an interactive lesson is all about immunizations. Visitors can spin the Wheel of Disease to learn about health risks, and there will be healthcare professionals available to ask any questions that one might have.
The Science of Exercise and the Brain, located in rooms 125 and 127. This is an obstacle course that teaches the science of exercise and thinking. When visitors finish the obstacle course, they will be able to participate in a gentle yoga session.
Guardian Gang, Invasive Species Awareness, room 204. This is an opportunity for visitors to learn about and defend themselves from invasive species in MI. Representatives from both Blandford Nature Center and Michigan Invasive Species Coalition will be on site to answer any questions.
There will also be astronomy, butterfly and rock exhibits. For a complete list of activities, visit the GRCC website.