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Celebration of National Youth Science Day Features Mayor & Fab Lab

For University of Illinois Extension EC3’s first year participating in Lights On Afterschool, the organization hosted an open house on October 22nd from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Attendees enjoyed a gallery walk promoting ten 4-H groups, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiments and demonstrations from the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab. Students participated in experiments, such as the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment, “Motion Commotion,” which taught students about physics and the dangers of distracted driving, and the “Pennies in the Boat” project where students create a hand-sized, aluminum foil boat, and then test how many pennies it can hold without sinking. Staff from the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab demonstrated different machines, such as a 3-D printer and an embroidery machine. Guests also  admired a wall of student-decorated lightbulbs, printed from the Lights On Afterschool website. As many as 80 people attended the festivities including Urbana City Mayor Laurel Lunt Prussing, who presented a proclamation in support of Lights On Afterschool at the event.