Nearly 100 local children take part in WVSOM science carnival

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine's Pediatrics Club and Student Osteopathic Medical Association hosted its first-ever Kids Science Carnival on Feb. 27, with nearly 100 children from the area participating.

The free event, offered to elementary and middle school-aged students, provided local youth with a variety of hands-on science experiments such as creating rainbow prisms and playing a water xylophone. Activity stations included fingerprint dusting, constellation creation and a human anatomy puzzle.

Pediatrics Club Historian Elizabeth Mazeka said the science carnival was an opportunity to give children a chance to learn about "fun" aspects of science in an environment that's not a typical classroom.

Professor Science, from the PBS children's television show Abracadabra, joined the students to share some entertaining science experiments.

"The first Kids Science Carnival has been an incredible success," said Jim Nemitz, Ph.D., WVSOM's vice president of administrative and external relations and Professor Science. "The WVSOM students have done an excellent job in terms of organizing and implementing an outstanding science carnival. This is a great idea and we've got to keep doing it."