Lycoming students wow school-aged children with science demonstrations

Lycoming students wow school-aged children with science demonstrations

Ryan Orgitano explains how hellbenders survive in the natural environment at the booth staffed by Clean Water Institute interns.

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Several Lycoming College students staffed exhibits at the Science Festival held Feb. 18 on the campus of the Pennsylvania College of Technology. More than 1,400 elementary and middle school students enjoyed the hands-on exhibits and experiments offered by 30 colleges and businesses.

Clean Water Institute Intern Mitch Shirk ’16 showed students how to test water quality at the booth sponsored by the Williamsport Water Authority. Another CWI intern, Justin Potuck ’16, described the local watershed and why it is important to other water sources for the Lycoming County Conservation District. Ryan Orgitano ’18, Tracie Curtis ’16 and Dom Novella ’17 displayed information on fish, crayfish, and the hellbender salamander research at the CWI booth.

“The fair is a great way for our students to share their excitement about environmental studies and encourage an interest in science, technology, engineering and math in younger students,” said Mel Zimmerman, director of the Clean Water Institute. “We also get to showcase how our students apply what they learn in the classroom to the work world through internships.”

Mitch Shirk

Mitch Shirk demonstrates how to test water quality at the booth sponsored by the Williamsport Water Authority.

Children from several local school districts including Williamsport, South Williamsport, Montoursville, Warrior Run, Loyalsock, Millville, Muncy, East Lycoming and Sullivan County participated in the festival. Older students, parents and students from other schools enjoyed the exhibits during the evening hours.

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