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Sci-Quest unveils new student exhibits from UAHuntsville and Boy Scouts of America

DSC_0986Sci-Quest Unveils New Student Exhibits from UAHuntsville and Boy Scouts of America

Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center is partnering with UAHuntsville and the Boy Scouts to unveil three new student exhibits at Sci-Quest.

Sci-Quest has been working with Dr. Christina Carmen and her students in the Mechanical and Aerospace Design Class at UAHuntsville to design and build exhibits to display at Sci-Quest. A team of students were responsible for the conception, design and build of a unique and patentable project using hybrid car technology for their senior project. This exhibit shows how energy is stored in a hybrid car and can be harnessed and used to increase fuel economy. The UAHuntsville students are Dakota Gomez, Jordan Steelman, Chandler Wicks, Paul Fryer and Jeanette Zatowski.

The hybrid car energy exhibit is sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Chapter (TVC) of Women in Defense (WID) as part of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative. Deborah Fraley, director of WID-TVC, has worked closely with the UAHuntsville student team by supporting and sponsoring their design. The goal of this exhibit is to promote public interest in STEM education and careers, which aligns with Sci-Quest’s mission.

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Sci-Quest also assisted two local high school students with their Eagle Scout projects. Both students chose Sci-Quest to benefit from their projects. For the first project, Ryan Soprano with Boy Scout Troop 361 provided Sci-Quest with a Recycling Station to collect used cans and plastic bottles and two Garden Benches for additional seating on the exhibit floor. For the second project, James Bateman, from Boy Scout Troop 351, removed two sets of weather instruments from the roof at Sci-Quest and restored them to create a new weather station exhibit inside the Science Center. Bateman also restored one working weather instrument on the roof to provide real-time streaming weather information at the weather station exhibit. Both students were responsible for the plan development and gave leadership to these service projects.

These three exhibits are on display now at Sci-Quest and are part of the permanent exhibits on the Science Center exhibit floor. Sci-Quest is open seven days a week: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Sci-Quest, visit www.sci-quest.org.

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