Northwest Nazarene University again hosted the annual Science Extravaganza for area middle school students to visit NNU’s campus and learn from undergraduate students who provide them with a fun, hands-on experience. The Idaho National Laboratories sponsors the event that has been held at NNU for more than a decade.
One of the middle-school kids’ favorite sessions is “Creepy Crawlies” that focuses on reptiles and amphibians from NNU’s vivarium. A highlight of this session was not only seeing the University’s live, campus American alligator named Al, but being able to touch him.
“Taft Elementary brings its model sixth graders to the Extravaganza, which provides an incentive for students to consistently turn their homework in on time and to help out around the classroom and school,” stated science teacher Karen Abbot. Robin Hausheer, Taft Elementary counselor, indicated she appreciates that the event gives students the opportunity to learn about science from young, energetic college students who make the subject fun for the middle schoolers and gives them exposure to higher education and career opportunities.”