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Families are Invited to Free Starry Night Art & Science Festival on April 8

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The Starry Night Art & Science Festival, sponsored by Westerville Partners for Education, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Westerville City Schools, will take place from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at Westerville North High School, which is located at 950 County Line Road.  The event will feature more than 60 exciting hands on activities for students in elementary and middle school. Starry Night is free and open to the public.  Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about medical research and activities with 10 Nationwide Children’s departments
  • Practice medical and dental skills
  • Meet animal ambassadors and insects
  • Work a loom, spin some yarn, and sew
  • Use tools to work with wood and clay
  • Experience music
  • Build an electric guitar
  • Learn some recipes
  • Make a community tree
  • Do drama
  • Work with artists
  • Make LED spark art
  • Make aluminum rods sing
  • Draw with a Drawbot and an Egg Bot (robots)
  • Learn origami and make origami based robot grippers
  • See the difference between virtual and mixed Reality
  • Explore sweets with Otterbein Biochemistry
  • Build some electronic circuits
  • Explore the Antarctic
  • Learn to use a telescope
  • Learn about HAM radio and communicate around the world
  • Borrow some seeds from the library
  • Plan a garden and learn about plant science
  • Fix a power line
  • See and do some serious LEGO
  • Create some code
  • Build a fractal pyramid
  • Make and record an earthquake
  • Control robots
  • Run science experiments
  • Compete with robots
  • See sunspots
  • Run LEGO robots
  • Learn about competition robots
  • Make some soft robots

New this year is an emphasis on “Citizen Science,” where students will learn how to collect important data about their community and the natural world.  Citizen Science activities include:

  • Studying hummingbirds
  • Collecting Westerville’s trees and putting them on the map
  • Mad Scientists – environmental monitoring
  • What is your reaction time?
  • Discovering new medicines from dirt
  • Exploring art with artificial intelligence
  • Mapping noise pollution

To volunteer and help stage this exciting event, please visit https://westervillepartnersforeducation.org/be-a-wpe-volunteer-star/.