Halloween wasn’t just about costumes and candy this year for a group of children in Baltimore.
This past Saturday, October 31, Towson University’s Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics hosted an open house at the Columbus Center in downtown Baltimore – home to TU’s Center for STEM Excellence. During the event, children took part in demonstrations designed to introduce them to different careers in science.
The open house was held in conjunction with the annual Geological Society of America (GSA) conference, which ended on Wednesday, November 4.
“We wanted to do something that was outreach-oriented to give us an opportunity to show why we are excited about rocks and minerals and planets,” said David A. Vanko, dean of the Fisher College and general chair for the GSA’s annual meeting.
At last Saturday’s event for kids not only were geologists on hand to interact with the children, but scientists from the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, NASA, the U.S. Forest Service, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology and other organizations also participated.