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Academic Village STEM event designed for grandparents and grandchildren

Staff Report • Jul 8, 2019 at 8:00 AM

KINGSPORT  — The young and young at heart are invited to a free intergenerational fun camp Thursday, July 18, for grandparents and their grandchildren ages 7 and older.

The one-day interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experience is from 1 to 4 p.m. and sponsored by the Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning, a continuing education program offered through a partnership with East Tennessee State University to provide adults, regardless of educational background or age, opportunities to attend stimulating courses, lectures and special events.

Campers will begin at 305 W. Main St. to tour Kingsport Academic Village facilities, including Northeast State Community College’s Regional Center for Applied Manufacturing (RCAM) and Regional Center for Health Professions (RCHP). Door prizes and ice cream will close out the day at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE).

At RCAM, visitors will rotate through three stations. The first will demonstrate a computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling machine used to create such things as automotive parts, household items, electronics and clothing. Next will be infrared imaging science demonstrations of infrared thermography (IRT), thermal imaging and thermal video, followed by digital instrumentation involving a control room simulation using computers to control level and flow in industrial environments.

Campers will learn about cardiovascular technology at the RCHP, such as invasive and non-invasive options, as well as dental assisting, emergency medical technology, medical laboratory technology, nursing, paramedic and surgical technology.

Chemical demonstrations will cap the day at KCHE. Participants will see demonstrations of reduction-oxidation reactions of rusting and burning fuel, and alkali metal reactions.

Parking for the intergeneration fun camp will be available in the city of Kingsport’s Clinchfield Street parking lot. The event is free to attend, but registration is required and space is limited. To register, call (423) 354-5200 or email [email protected] For more information, visit www.kingsportlearning.org. For disability accommodations, call ETSU at Kingsport at (423) 354-2000.

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