Wilkes University


Wilkes University Hosts “Passport to Science” Oct. 10 Community Open House

Wilkes University will hold a community open house at the Lawrence and Sally Cohen Science Center on Saturday, Oct. 10 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.

The event is free and pre-registration is encouraged and is required for groups of 8 or more. To register online, visit www.wilkes.edu/PassportToScience. Complimentary parking is available behind the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St.

Adults and children in grades 4 through 12 can join Wilkes faculty, staff and students in conducting interactive laboratory projects and observing demonstrations. 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.

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” demonstrates why candies have different colors. While they contain colored dyes, which dyes are used in which candies? The lab will answer this question through the use of chromatography, a system that dissolves the dyes out of the candies and separates them.
  • “Please Don’t Call Us Weeds” will demonstrate the intricacies and beauty of common Pennsylvania wildflowers through use of a taxonomic key.
  • “Water to Fruit Punch to Milk” demonstrates how acid-based chemistry and solubility produces nicely colored drinks.
  • “Water for Health and Everyday Living” will demonstrate how the drinking water process works and what environmental engineers do to make drinking water clean, safe and tasty.

The 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.