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Natural and Behavioral Science
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Activities and Organizations

Take a trip to Cape Canaveral to watch a space shuttle launch. Build and follow a weather balloon. See the world’s only moonbow at Cumberland Falls. Construct a Ruben’s Tube.

Explode a watermelon with dry ice. Make ice cream using liquid nitrogen.

If this sounds interesting, you might want to join the Pellissippi State Community College Science Club or the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society Club, both of which have members who share a passion for adventure and science.

The Science Club, sponsored by Natural and Behavioral Sciences faculty Jerry Burns and Kathleen Affholter, is open to any interested students.  This student-driven organization structures activities by student requests and hosts the annual Young Inventors Fair, open to all area middle and high school students to bring in their school projects or inventions for a chance to win cash prizes and receive feedback before the annual Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair.

The Science Club often takes educational trips for members, including some to Cape Canaveral, CDC headquarters and Cumberland Falls. The club also provides members hands-on learning activities such as building a weather balloon or constructing a Ruben’s Tube.

Students also can join Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, or SAACS Club, led by NBS faculty advisor Rachel Glazener. SAACS is open to anyone with a science-oriented major, including chemistry, biology, biochemistry, engineering, microbiology, pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacology and others. The club is oriented toward educating students about what they can do with a science degree, particularly focused on degrees related to chemistry.

SAACS is student-led, so activities are determined by member vote. SAACS has hosted speakers who have talked about real-life views of chemistry career options, hosted fundraising events and T-shirt design contests. During the summer, SAACS members often hold chemistry demonstrations, such as using dry ice to blow up a watermelon or making ice cream with liquid nitrogen.

For more information about SAACS, contact Rachel Glazener. For more information about Science Club, contact Jerry Burns or Kathleen Affholter.