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SciTech Festival @GCC

Get ready for the 2016 SciTech Festival at GCC!

Date: February 19, 2016

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Glendale College Astronomy Observatory and Dinnebito Building, GCC North Campus (see map).

Glendale Community College hosts the 2016 GCC SciTech Festival! Exciting fun for all ages: current students, prospective students, parents, kids, and the community are welcome! This page is your portal to the latest news and events as we prepare for the Festival on February 19, 2016


The featured event of the evening! Come get a taste of the heavens at the GCC SciTech Festival on the North Campus! The astronomy department will open the Glendale College Astronomy Observatory to the public, enabling you enjoy the wonders of the night sky for yourself. Skyquides from GCC's A.S.T.R.O. Club will be on hand to start you on your journey. Great for all ages, you won't want to miss this opportunity.


Physics Wyld!

Come get your Wyld on! The GCC Department of Physics will feature a number of events at the GCC SciTech Festival:

 Makin' Lightning: Physics Wyld will fire up the Van Der Graff generator with a event that will make your hair stand on end! You'll love this shocking experience!

Loop-the-Loop Target Gallery: Think you're a good shot? See if you can hit the target when the ball does a complete 360-degree vertical loop before launching!

Fastest in the West: Do you think you're fast? Find out just how fast you are in this test of reaction time for all ages. Drop a ruler and catch it again as fast as you can -- try for the smallest drop possible. Do video games really improve reaction time?

Turning the Tables: When an ice skater spins, she tucks her arms in to go faster and extends them to slow down. Make yourself turn by tilting a bicycle wheel? How does this work? Experience it for yourself! This event is definitely not for the weak of stomach -- you were war

It's a Drag: Explore the fundamentals of aeronautics and air resistance in this great exploration opportunity. When you're finished, use what you've learned and build your own rocket and launch it down the hallway for fame and prizes! Build the amazing soda straw airplane and send it flying. How does that thing fly so well?? Take home your creations and show them off to your friends!

You can download handouts for all of these activities here!

Chemical Madness!

Come join the GCC Chemistry Department for exciting explosions, geysers of goo and perhaps even a little glow-in-the-dark magic!

Elephant Toothpaste: Does an elephant need toothpaste? If it did, it would have to be a lot, right? This exciting experiment creates a dramatic fountain of pasty goop, enough for a whole herd!

Liquid Nitrogen: Freeze the air into a liquid! See how this amazingly cold liquidsuperfreezes anything it contacts. Don't touch!

Whoosh Bottle: A roaring detonation and a fountain of flame - you won't want to miss this.

Gummy Bears: Have you ever heard a gummy bear scream?  Watch sparks fly when a gummy bear is dropped into a molten salt.  We can try to save it with a Life Saver, but that just might make things more exciting!

Chemiluminescence: Fireflies have nothing on us! Once the sun goes down, we'll be making our own glow-in-the-dark fun!!

Chemistry of Chocolate: Who doesn't love chocolate?  Come see and experience the magic of everyone's favorite treat during this fun and engaging demonstration.



Everyone loves the droids of Star Wars.  That future is today!  At the GCC SciTech Festival, you can witness a demonstration of actual full-size robots performing tasks live.   Come see these technological marvels from the future! 

Build a comet!

Comets have fascinated humans for centuries. What are these celestial visitors made of? You find out when you build a comet for yourself in our labs in one of our most popular activities. One of Glendale's own astronomers will guide you through the process of making these amazing solar system bodies.



Meteorite Mysteries!

Touch an object from space! GCC has an extensive collection of meteorites which we will have on display at the event. Members of the GCC Geology department will explain what you're seeing and where it came from. It's a rare opportunity that you won't want to miss!

AZ SciTech Festival 2016

The Arizona SciTech Festival is the BIGGEST Arizona celebration of innovation EVER! Over 250 organizations have partnered together to showcase Arizona’s leadership in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through a series of hands-on activities, workshops, conversations, debates, stunning exhibitions, concerts, guided walks and tours. There are over 150 FREE events in your neighborhood taking place in February and March 2016.

Visit AZSCITECHFEST.ORG for event details and more information.