More than 3,400 people were inspired and excited about science and its careers Saturday as the Da Vinci Science Center presented the 2014 Lehigh Valley Science Festival at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
The free carnival-style event was brought to life with colorful hands-on activities from nearly 50 companies, colleges, and organizations. The festival featured the opening round of the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s third annual Robotic simulation Olympics. Visitors tried their hands at state-of-the-art robotic surgery and saw their attempts broadcast on the ballpark’s video board. The day’s top performers were invited take part in the competition’s final round on June 28, 2014, at Coca-Cola Park.
Additional highlights included an exploding glass drop, experiments with sodas and pop rocks, several robotics and manufacturing activities, and 3-D printer demonstrations. Visitors also enjoyed scientific face painting, music, and stage shows by the Da Vinci Science Center, DeSales University, and the Lehigh Valley Zoo.
The Da Vinci Science Center produces the Lehigh Valley Science Festival with sponsor support as part of a national movement to movement to hold community science festivals across the United States.
“The Lehigh Valley Science Festival was created to showcase an expansive array of exciting opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics available for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds,” said Karen Knecht, the Da Vinci Science Center’s Director of Exhibits and Education and Director of the Lehigh Valley Science Festival. “We hope that visitors become more aware of the science pulsing throughout our region every day and are enthusiastic about discovering more.”
Gold Sponsors of the 2014 Lehigh Valley Science Festival were ATAS International, Inc.; emDESIGN; and Lehigh Valley Health Network. Support also was provided by the Gadomski Lehigh Valley Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation.
Silver Sponsors were Air Products; Avantor Performance Materials; B. Braun; Cedar Crest College; and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Copper Sponsors were AT&T; Coca-Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley; Olympus America; The Morning Call Media Group; and the Allentown Brew Works.
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