Lori Safrit, RCCC welding instructor, shows the virtual reality welder to the Makary family at the RCCC STEM Open House on April 4, 2019. Yasmin Bendaas/EducationNC
Last Thursday, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) hosted their eighth annual STEM open house at their research campus in Kannapolis. The event was part of the North Carolina Science Festival, celebrated across the state throughout April (find an event near you here). Featuring three floors of activities representing programs from criminal justice technology to dental assisting to welding, the STEM open house provided a massive center of activities for all ages.
“I just keep smiling. I love the energy of this event, I really do, ” said Carol Scherczinger, RCCC dean of science, biotechnology, math and information technologies.
View video of some of the activities on my Twitter, here, and check out a recap of the event in the photo story below.
Yasmin Bendaas is a Science writer. A North Carolina native, she received her master’s degree in Science & Medical Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 2013 from Wake Forest University, where she double-minored in journalism and Middle East and South Asia studies. As an undergraduate student, Bendaas gained insight into public health when she interned at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a statewide grantmaker focused on rural health, including access to primary care, diabetes, community-centered prevention, and mental health and substance abuse.
As a journalist, Bendaas has been funded twice by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for fieldwork in Algeria — first to cover a disappearing indigenous tattoo tradition, and again to look at how climate change affects rural sheepherding practices.