Wilkes University


Wilkes University hosts Adventures in Science 2016 on April 29

More than 250 Luzerne County fifth graders will make scientific discoveries when Wilkes University hosts Adventures in Science 2016 on Friday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participating schools include: Crestwood School District’s Fairview Elementary, Hazelton Area, Susquehanna Prep, Our Lady of Peace, Holy Rosary, and Mount Carmel.  Students, escorted by a designated Wilkes team leader and their regular teacher, will have the opportunity to attend 13 different science labs, which will run for 25 minutes on the half hour.
Labs include:
Imagination and Invention, Stark Learning Center Rm. 377
Engineers are inventors who create something brand new.  In this lab, students will have hands-on experience building something from scratch.  Students will observe demonstrations of current inventions from Wilkes engineering students and then build their own.  They will learn about engineers as creative, hard working people that they too might one day become.
Wizards of Physics, Stark Learning Center Rm. 149
In the famous words of Arthur C. Clarke: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”  Our world is full of many exciting, yet complicated things that can seem almost magical. In physics, we strive to understand and master the fundamental forces that give rise to this “magic.”  With that in mind, physicists are like the Gandalfs and Harry Potters of our world!  In this lab, students learn to harness their wizard-like potential. They will wield powers of gravity, electricity, and magnetism.
Creepy Crawlers, Cohen Science Center Rm. 204
In this classroom adventure, the students will enter the wonderful realm of the arthropods, which are the most numerous species on Earth. Students will investigate how much weight large beetles can pull when they try to get to a food source and even get to see a tarantula. Experiments will also be conducted using pill bugs to evaluate which type of food or habitat they prefer. 
Crime Scene Investigation, Cohen Science Center Rm. 202
The Forensic Sciences at Wilkes University lab provides a chance for students to solve a crime scene investigation! Forensic Sciences put together the power of observation and technology in order to resolve crimes. Students will learn the first step of the scientific method, observation. They will use the scientific method, along with examining suspect fingerprints and hair fibers to solve crimes.