NNU hosts “Science Extravaganza”

February 2, 2009, 11:45 am

Northwest Nazarene University welcomed more than 1,300 Treasure Valley students to campus Mon.-Fri., Jan. 26– 30, for its annual Science Extravaganza. Students received exciting, hands-on science lessons as they explored human brain anatomy, rocketry, “creepy crawlies” and photosynthesis.  This unique learning experience allowed area students to learn about important science concepts while connecting with local scientists and NNU science students.

“We always look forward to hosting this event.  The Science Extravaganza allows us to showcase our students’ research.  For example, the NNU students involved with researching Idaho Giant Salamanders, a species found nearly exclusively in Idaho, will share their findings with the young students.  Visiting school children are excited by the hands-on activities and look up to our students as science role models,” said Dr. John Cossel Jr., NNU biology professor. “Teachers often comment on how well the activities correlate with their curriculum and how much their students anticipate the event.”

Sponsored by the Idaho National Laboratory, the Science Extravaganza works with educational organizations such as universities, school districts, industry and museums to excite students about learning through exploration and discovery.  In addition to presentations given by NNU students, popular presentations include physics demonstrations by Mountain View High School physics students and their teacher Chris Stoker.

More information on the Science Extravaganza can be found online at  Inquires may also be directed to Dr. Cossel at or 467-8893, or Hollie Lindner at or 467-8531.

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