BEA Science Night offers educational adventure

April 29, 2014 

Discoveries of many kinds await at Bald Eagle Area High School/Middle School — and that’s a scientific fact.

From 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, the Bald Eagle Area Science Committee will hold its Science Night, a smorgasbord of opportunities for young minds to learn and explore.

The best reactions might be found at the chemistry demonstrations at 6 and 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Over in the middle school gym, Juniata College will give visitors celestial tours in its Science in Motion StarLab mobile planetarium.

For more cosmic adventure, rocket over to astronomy displays by Penn State faculty and students. Their nanoscale science colleagues will bring a completely different perspective.

The rest of the event’s lineup offers a wide variety of attractions. Among the stations and activities, visitors can check out:

•  Science U-mini lava lamps

•  Pennsylvania black bear and research management

•  “Talk a Walk on the Wild Side” talk with Centre Wildlife Care

•  Photo chromatography

•  Making play dough

•  Creating maple syrup

•  Digging for gems, rocks and minerals

•  Pennsylvania wildlife and fish

•  Homemade bubble making

•  BEA Envirothon members on native wildlife, plants and aquatics

Admission is free. If the different tastes leave you hungry for more, pick up a flier for the PSU-STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Outreach Summer Workshop for students in grades 1-6 that’s coming down the pike at BEA.

BEA uses Pa. lottery as Relay fundraiser

The BEA National Honor Society has another way of winning from the state lottery.

As a cancer research fundraiser for Bellefonte Relay for Life, NHS students have been offering a prize calendar tied to the lottery. For a $5 contribution, a ticket is assigned a three-digit “winning number.”

If the number matches the Pennsylvania Lottery Daily Number evening drawing, revealed daily on TV or online at at 6:59 p.m., the holder receives the specific day’s prize package. Items include handmade items from students, teachers and staff members, and products and services from local businesses.

NHS students contact winners by email or phone.

A link to May’s prize calendar is on the BEA School District’s website at Tickets may be ordered by contacting Mandy Biddle at

Unclaimed prizes will be used as raffle items at the Bellefonte Relay for Life event on May 30 at Governor’s Park.

Chris Rosenblum writes a weekly column about news in the Upper and Lower Bald Eagle valleys. If you have news to share, email or call 231-4620.

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