The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

October 29, 2013

DACC science event to 'wow' youngsters, adults

DANVILLE — Seeing a need to expose children to science early in life, Danville Area Community College’s instructor of microbiology Wendy Brown initiated the first family science night 10 years ago at the college.

“Science is best learned hands-on,” Brown said. “Younger children need to be exposed to the fun side of science before they lose the ability to be ‘wowed’ by it.”

The free event, which is scheduled every other year, will be conducted for the sixth time from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday in Mary Miller Gymnasium.

While the event is open to the public, most activities are geared toward children in grades K-5. More than 500 children and their families have attended each of the previous events.

“It’s a fun evening no matter what age you are,” Brown said.

Brown’s colleagues in the math, science and health professions division, along with volunteers made up of DACC students, faculty and staff, will assist in engaging area grade school children and their parents with 53 different interactive science stations.

“We’ve cycled out some of the old activities and cycled in new ones,” Brown said.

Some of the 10 new science stations this year will include the nursing faculty demonstrating a human patient simulator with heart beats that can be heard and can be hooked up to an electrocardiogram machine; building twirly birds after learning how helicopter blades rotate; pumping fog from a fog machine into an air cannon to see the puff of air; making UV exposure bracelets that turn colors when sunlight hits them; creating plant heads with nylon foot socks that have soil and grass seed inside of them; learning about tornadoes, rain cycles and other weather phenomenon and making a pet cloud to take home; and learning how an image is formed in a camera.

Other planned activities include seeing an individual’s DNA; creating recycled paper; using a microscope to view pond water; flying a hot air balloon; investigating worms; interacting with DACC’s newest reptile, a bearded dragon named Shadow II; extracting colors; and much more.

Text Only
Local News
  • Auditions set for musical

    August 23, 2014

  • Program helps Hoopeston Area students HOOPESTON — Karla Coon, the director of Danville Area Community College’s Hoopeston site, and high school principal Larry Maynard presented a new idea to the Hoopeston School Board at Thursday’s meeting.Project Future: Creating the Dream is an extrac

    August 23, 2014

  • Watseka man arrested in shooting incident HOOPESTON — A shooting has taken place in Hoopeston for the second time in as many years.City police officers responded to a report of gun shots just before 2:30 a.m. Friday in the 500 block of East Seminary Street.Chief Mark Drollinger said officers

    August 23, 2014

  • Homeless veterans project hits snag DANVILLE — A $17 million project to house homeless and at-risk veterans was not awarded 65 project-based Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.“We’re trying not to make it a dead i

    August 23, 2014

  • City officials to discuss video gaming cafes DANVILLE — Five to six outside developers have approached city officials about the possibility of opening video gaming cafes. Members of the city council’s Public Services Committee will discuss the issue Tuesday.Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said he’s seek

    August 23, 2014

  • Mildred Christine Utesch Mildred Christine Utesch, 83, peacefully passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. She was born on Dec. 25, 1930, in Georgetown to Andrew and Arzella Acord. In 1951, she married William Albert Utesch, and together they raised their children, William Edwa

    August 23, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    August 22, 2014

  • Donate tennis shoes Sunday

    August 22, 2014

  • Tilton board approves new TIF district

    Village trustees took the first step Thursday toward enticing more economic development in the village by approving an agreement with Moran Economic Development of Edwardsville to create a second tax increment funding district.

    August 22, 2014

  • New program to help Hoopeston Area students

    Karla Coon, the director of Danville Area Community College's Hoopeston site, and high school principal Larry Maynard presented a new idea to the Hoopeston School Board at Thursday's meeting.

    August 22, 2014

Spring 2014 Photos

Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn
NDN Video
School serves diabetic girl trashcan pizza Battle of the Butts at the 2014 MTV VMAs! Four-Year-Old Reviews Exclusive Restaurant's $295 Fixed Price Menu Mariah Orders Nick Cannon to Stay Quiet About Divorce Details U.S. Military Strategy Against ISIS The London Zoo holds its annual animal weigh-in VIDEO: Goliath Grouper eats shark in one bite Rapper Almost Walks Off CNN Over Ferguson Coverage 2 American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital Whoa! Jimmy Fallon Shaves Jared Leto's Beard US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Reggie Jackson's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Amazing Encounter With Sea Otter Caught on Video Motorcyclist Sticks Landing Sicilian hilltop homes on sale for one euro Are Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Breaking Up? Joel McHale Interviews Chelsea This 'Breaking Bad' Reunion is the Most Hilarious Thing You'll See All Day! President Obama talks about who James Foley was Nicki Minaj Unleashes Her 'Anaconda' On the World
Must Read