BC’s SAMI hosts science fair

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(SOURCE: Amy Leong/The Jibsheet)

On Saturday March 12 Bellevue College hosted the annual Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CSRSEF). The event was sponsored by the Microsoft Store, Rotary Club of Redmond, Bellevue College Association of Higher Education, D.E. Hokanson, Inc. and BC’s Science and Math Institute (SAMI).

Eighty high school students from all around the King and Snohomish counties were able to enjoy a day at BC presenting their science experiments and a fun day of participating in BC’s Science and Math Institute’s fun day of events. The activities were coordinated by BC Chemistry professor, Dr. Gina Fiorini. BC’s Chemistry and Physics clubs demonstrated engaging experiments, “Faith in Physics” and “Fumes, Flames, and Colors,” for the student participants to observe. “Faith in Physics,” led by BC Professor Robert Hobbs, allowed students to see a cool experiment with liquid nitrogen. “Fumes, Flames, and Colors,” led by BC Professor Carole Berg, allowed students to see demonstrations involving blowing up gummy bears and Cheetos and turning copper into silver and gold.

After these presentations, the students were able to present and discuss their presentations with the judges. Many BC professors donated their time to help judge this event. After lunch, the students toured BC’s highly acclaimed ComGen laboratory, the DNA analysis research laboratory.

The activities were not just for the students. The parents were able to meet the BC Physics Club and tour ComGen as well. Not only that but they also had the option to attend Running Start information sessions and to view “IGOR!” the movie in BC’s state of the art science building.

For more information on this event, check out http://scidiv.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/scifair or talk to CSRSEF’s Director and Program Manager of BC’s SAMI, Katie Souza