Oct 3, 2011

New science club

The newly formed Science Club of Central Lakes College invited students to view the world of science during Student Success Day, Sept. 28. Club members and faculty demonstrated experiments and projects of science; Rocket launching, Trebuchet throw, balloon rocket race, Thermite and dry ice experiments along with sun gazing through a filtered telescope. Student participation was exciting. The club’s success is largely due to the support, advice and enthusiasm of faculty members; Mark Platta, Kirby Scott, Yoshinao Hirai and Dave Kobilka. These exceptional educators make a difference in a student’s success in the journey of higher education. Study in the areas of science requires deep thinking and often difficult learning scenarios. The professional educators in the science areas make this task intriguing, fun and rewarding. The event ended with a drawing for prizes donated from the Brainerd Lakes area businesses; MarJons, Famous Daves, Perkins, Giovannis, Papa Murphys, Jimmy Johns, Ernie’s on Gull, Buffalo Wild Wings, KFC, Dominos and Poncho and Lefty’s. These businesses are a shining example of our wonderful community and their support for the education of future generations. Special thanks to L&M Steel owner Richard Tyner, who donated his time and shop to special grind aluminum for the Thermite experiment. The club's next activity is observation of the Draconid Meteor shower 8-9 pm Oct. 8. The club is planning a day field trip of hiking and biking in the beautiful Cuyuna Lakes Recreation area with a BBQ; then up to the park lookout for star-gazing. Students interested in joining may contact club President Lindy Johnson at: lindyj@charter.net