The Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University recently hosted the 2nd annual Quantum Quest Fest featuring Dr. Harry Kloor, nationally-known science writer, director, and producer. The three-day program is dedicated to increasing science awareness and initiating a life-long love of science in the younger generation. It was attended by 1,500 students in grades 4-8 from school districts throughout the local area.
This year’s Quantum Quest Fest, held on May 11-13, consisted of a number of events including a screening of the educational, animated action film Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey, as well as hands-on activities, school presentations, and a public talk.
Dr. Kloor, the producer and co-director of the movie, kicked-off the event at the Richland Cinemas by introducing the film to 300 4-5 graders from the Northern Cambria, Shanksville-Stonycreek, and Windber Area school districts. Following the movie, the children moved to the Greater Johnstown Craeer & Technology Center to participate in the "Search for Life" hands-on activities prepared for them by 30 high-school students from Hollidaysburg Area School District and by the R-SPACE program from Saint Francis University.
During the second day of the program, Dr. Kloor introduced the movie to 110 students from North Star School District and St. Patrick’s Catholic School. He also gave a talk to over 70 students at Windber Elementary School and more than 250 students at Richland Elementary School. Children from both schools were very excited to learn about new technologies and space explorations. After the talks, they asked the speaker over a hundred questions. The day’s program concluded with a public talk at the Patton Fire Hall where Dr. Kloor was a special guest speaker of the Science Outreach Center’s Cosmic Treats program.
On the third day of Quantum Quest Fest, Dr. Kloor talked in front of 445 4-8 graders from the Northern Cambria School District. Later that day, Harry spoke to about 300 students from 4-5 grades from four elementary schools from the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. The Q&A part of the presentation turned into an interview-style short dialog during which kids told Dr. Kloor about their plans for the future.
Quantum Quest Fest 2016 was prepared in partnership with Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, Northern Cambria, Shanksville-Stonycreek, and Windber Area school districts, Richland Cinemas, and Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center. The program is expected to grow even bigger next year branching out to the Pittsburgh area.