Date: November 20, 2013
by Eloise Ravell
From November 14–17, Andrews University hosted the first annual SciFEST weekend, put on by the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Division in the College of Arts & Sciences. The event celebrated science and gave high school students a taste of what goes on around campus. For this first-ever SciFEST, Seventh-day Adventist academies within the region were invited to visit Andrews and participate in science-related events and activities along with the University community and the public.
“We want to show students that careers in the sciences can fulfill God’s purpose for people’s lives and that God has deigned each of us in a special way,” says Rachel Boothby, STEM Marketing & Enrollment Coordinator. “It is up to us to discover His design for our lives.”
Students attended a science show put on by STEM faculty and participated in a quiz bowl where they won prizes and were graded for their effort. As fun for the whole community, SciFEST also featured an egg drop event with a live play-by-play where engineering students dropped homemade vehicles carrying raw eggs from the top of the Science Complex and were judged on the vehicles’ performance. On Saturday, students, faculty and community members enjoyed spiritual fellowship during a special Sabbath School and church service put on by various faculty and University students.
Current Andrews students were involved with the events to better connect with the participants on a student-to-student basis. High school students and their teachers learned about what is happening in the departments in a fun and tangible way.
“The purpose of this event was to bring together our departments and share this connection with the participants,” continues Boothby. “It forms a community—to work together, to worship together and to enjoy science together.”
Image: Student celebrates after his raw egg survives the drop from the roof of the Science Complex to the pavement below, encased only in his handmade protective vehicle. Photo by Christa McConnell, IMC student photographer)