Wellsboro’s Hometown Science Festival unique and educational

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WELLSBORO, N.Y. (WETM) – The third annual Hometown Science Festival brought out many families from the community.

The festival was free and open to the public, children, and adults.

This event is a collaboration of community organizations and individuals who are passionate about local science and science education. Their goal is to show how people use and rely on science every day in their homes, backyards and neighborhoods.

“Teaching children about how harmful some of these plants are harmful some of these plants to the native biodiversity,” said Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program’s Mary Ann Furedi. “It is also teaching kid show to identify them and what they can do to help stop some of these plants,” Furedi continued.

Families learned how audio speakers work, tour an electrofishing boat, and launch water pressure rockets, among many others.

David Driskell presented “The Science of Sound and Music,” an exploration of the production, amplification, and convection of sound and how this relates to music. Simple homemade instruments were demonstrated and used in a play-along session.

Van Wagner of Danville, Pa. gave a presentation entitled “Soft Coal, Hard Time: The History of Bituminous Coal Mining in Our Region.” This singer-songwriter, historian, Pennsylvania logger and coal miner, and environmental science teacher will also give a concert of his original songs about the coal and lumbering eras. Wagner is releasing “Wales,” his 25th CD this week. It is about his Welsh ancestry.

Awards were also presented to the winners of the “Hooked on Science” art contest.

The artwork submitted for the contest will be on display from 2 to 5 p.m. this Thursday and Friday, Sept. 19 and 20 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22 at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro.

For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/hometownscience/ or email hometownscience@gmail.com.

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