• Science night event held in partnership with Penn State

    By Brit Milazzo
    bmilazzo@basd.net
    Public relations, BASD

    The Bellefonte Area School District is hosting Bellefonte Science Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Bellefonte Area High School gymnasium.

    Science department head Kevin Harman said the event is held in partnership with the Penn State Science Outreach Center, and is open to the public. The event, he added, has been held at least once annually for more than 10 years. About 40-50 projects will be featured.

    “Mostly it is either BAHS teachers or PSU students groups (and) departments demonstrating either a scientific phenomenon or research,” Harman said.

    For example, high school chemistry teachers use liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze and show the effects on marshmallows; the PSU advanced vehicle team brings their project car to discuss the latest technologies; and the American Helicopter Society at the university sometimes brings in a rotor with blades.

    Local amateur radio operators will also be featured to show equipment and answer questions about the district’s latest initiative to allow students to communicate with astronauts at the International Space Station.

    Other activities include student science project with about 10 high school students, a bake sale with the student council, and a presentation about a student trip to the Galapagos.