More than 300 people attended a fun night filled with science as Fuquay-Varina High School on April 18 as school officials celebrated the seventh annual Fuquay-Varina Science Night.
Those who attended the event learned about meteorology, geology, the anatomy of a sheep eye and had the opportunity to talk to the Carolina Tiger Rescue volunteers.
Meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth from WRAL-TV was a first time presenter at Science Night. Retired FVHS science department member Randy Senzig returned as a presenter about his nonprofit, The Center for Human-Earth Restoration. The Leopold Club from N.C. State University visited and displayed skins of animals. The Fuquay-Varina Police Department brought their drunk-driving simulator for students to try.
Although participants had a lot of fun learning about a wide array of science topics, the highlight of the evening was the ice cream. Dr. Victor Ferrell of the Lord Corporation used liquid nitrogen to make the yummy treat.
“If I can just inspire one student to go into a science career, then I have done my job,” Ferrell said.
When not helping set up and clean up the event, Fuquay-Varina High School Science Club students were able to assist the different presenters and conduct experiments, including making plastic from milk, firing trajectory devices and showing off their hovercraft.
Science teacher Rebecca Subat’s students presented projects on environmental impact and they made gold pennies. Some students debated stem cell research, took genetics lab data, presented genetic disorder projects and played broom-ball with a broom and bowling ball.
The event was considered a huge success and Fuquay-Varina High School officials were thankful to all who participated.
“The FVHS Science Department thanks all of those who graciously donated their time and talents to make our night such a huge success,” according to a press release.