Northwest Nazarene University will again host the annual Science Extravaganza for 600 area middle school students Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the week of January 30 through February 3 in the Thomas Family Health and Science Center. The visiting students will enjoy fun, hands-on learning experiences led by selected NNU undergraduate students, Micron Technology employees, Mountain View High School physics students, and Safari International and Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge representatives. Idaho National Laboratories sponsors the three-day event, which has been held at NNU for more than a decade.
Dr. John Cossel, NNU professor of biology, looks forward to this event each year because “it allows middle school age students to experience science at a different level and exposes them to the thought of higher education as well as potential career opportunities in science fields.”
A favorite session of the middle-school students is “Creepy Crawlies,” which concentrates on reptiles and amphibians from NNU’s vivarium. Students will be exposed to live endangered amphibians and other animals. Another session will feature the Mountain View High School (Meridian, Idaho) Physics Club illustrating the physics behind video games. Other workshops this year will focus on photosynthesis, osmosis and robotics.