Coe’s Playground of Science celebrates its 15th year

Coe Playground of Science

Coe College — Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m.

Find out what the shin bone’s connected to at the Playground of Science. — photo courtesy of Coe College

According to Steve Feller, a professor in the Coe College physics department, an annual tradition on campus began in the mind of a student.

“The Playground of Science was a Coe student’s idea,” Feller says. “Her name is Sara Campbell. The first year, we had 400 attend, and it went into the low thousands within in three years.”

The 15th annual Playground of Science is set for Thursday, Nov. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Peterson Hall on the Coe campus. The event is free.

Photo courtesy of Coe College

Coe students and faculty engaged in a variety of science disciplines will be on hand to share the joys of science with kids and adults of all ages. Interactive demonstration are at the heart of the event — objects will be levitated, pumpkins will be launched, Mentos will collide with diet soda, flames will shoot, ice cream will be made with liquid air and much more.

For Feller, the 15th edition of the event is just the beginning. “I hope it becomes a great tradition for Cedar Rapids.”

Arguably, it already is.

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