Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces STEM Open House



“STEM subjects are very concrete. Science deals with our natural and physical world. Technology has given us the iPads, smart phones and computers we use every single day. Engineering is all about building things. Mathematics ranges from financial decisions to gaming strategies, such as playing pool or engaging in games of logic.”

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites people of all ages to its second STEM Open House at its building on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC).

On Friday, April 12, from 2-5 p.m., the college will open its doors to the community for a fun, interactive event showcasing the college’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.

“Almost everything we do in life has STEM applications, but not everyone realizes it,” said Dr. Marcy Corjay, dean of the college’s science, biotechnology, mathematics and information technologies.

The college will have dozens of interactive exhibits for kids and adults of all ages to dazzle the senses and stir curiosity for all things STEM! The community will have the opportunity to perform DNA extraction in the college’s science labs, help a robot disarm a simulated bomb and even engage in activities involving making bouncy balls and firefighting.

“The STEM Open House is a true celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “One of my goals since coming to Rowan-Cabarrus is to increase the breadth and depth of our STEM education. I fully believe that everyone can be interested in STEM – and that it’s critical that we embrace these subjects. America used to be the leader in technology and innovation. It’s time for us to reclaim that role.”

The college wants younger children to attend with their parents. The exhibits will be extremely diverse – everything from the complexity of balancing pH in dying hair to the chemistry of making ice cream and how to develop videogames to race cars and fire trucks.

“Holding this event at our building on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) makes a lot of sense. Our NCRC building is the home of our biotechnology and nursing programs – two of our most STEM intensive curriculum,” said Spalding.

Surrounding public and private schools are busing in students for the occasion.

“The target audience for this open house is broader than it has been for open houses of the past. In addition to driving more traditional-aged prospective students, we also want younger children (elementary- and middle-school-aged) to participate with their parents,” said Corjay.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s STEM Open House will be one of the many events occurring as part of the NC Science Festival taking place from April 5-21. Activities will focus on engaging the younger generation in science. Events across the state are designed to bring science to life for students and their parents.

Given that STEM is an important focus for Rowan-Cabarrus, the college has committed to play a large role in the NC Science Festival. Locally, the college has coordinated with other universities, schools and groups in Kannapolis to design events that will appeal to the whole community (http://www.cityofkannapolis.com/celebratescience).

For more information about this event or to bring your school, please contact Marcy Corjay (704-216-7217, marcy.corjay@rccc.edu).

The college’s building where the STEM Open House will be held is on the North Carolina Research Campus at 399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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