Wilkes University will hold a community open house at the new Lawrence and Sally Cohen Science Center on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The science center is located at 140 S. River St. in Wilkes-Barre. Refreshments will be served. Adults and children in grades 4 through 12 can earn a “Passport to Science” by joining Wilkes faculty, staff and students in conducting interactive laboratory projects and observing demonstrations.
The event is free and pre-registration is encouraged and required for groups of 10 or more. To register online, visit www.community.wilkes.edu/PassportToScience
. Complimentary parking is available behind the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St.
Tours will begin every 30 minutes, starting at 10 a.m. Each participant will be given a complimentary Passport to Science, which will be stamped at each of the lab and science demonstrations throughout the open house. Participants may submit their stamped passport to win a Wilkes prize package.
More than a dozen laboratory demonstrations will be offered highlighting some of the science concepts and technology that are used to solve “real-world” problems. A sampling of the lab projects includes “Candy Chromatography,” which demonstrates why candies have different colors. Through the use of chromatography, a system that dissolves the dyes out of the candies and separates them, participants learn which dyes are used.
Students interested in more advanced labs may attend other demonstrations, such as “Our Incredible Micro-universe,” which allows participants to explore different types of cells and how they work together. “Please Don’t Call Us Weeds” will reveal the intricacies and beauty of common Pennsylvania wildflowers. “Water to Fruit Punch to Milk” will demonstrate how acid-based chemistry and solubility produces nicely colored drinks. A lab called “And the Beat Goes On” will measure heart and respiratory rate changes through the use of a computer interface system and hand-grip heart rate monitors.
The new science center is named for Lawrence Cohen, a graduate of Wilkes’ class of 1957, and his wife Sally. The 72,500-square-foot building houses the University’s award-winning biology and health sciences, chemistry and biochemistry and environmental engineering and earth science departments. Each of the four floors features state-of-the-art equipment and related laboratory space to facilitate student “hands-on,” experiential learning – a hallmark of the University’s mission.