Hands-On Expo Inspires Kids, Shows Off Careers

Elona Kadukov was in fourth grade when she visited Harper College's first-ever College and Career Expo, and she had a succinct reaction: "It's fun here," she said. The verdict - coming after a morning of folding paper airplanes under the tutelage of Northrop Grumman employees and touring the College's state-of-the-art Simulation Hospital - captured the spirit of the event, which aims to give area youngsters an interactive taste of science, math, engineering and technology and the 21st century careers that can come on the heels of higher education.

Harper will host its 2013 edition of the free Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the Avanté Center for Science, Health Careers and Emerging Technologies on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine (Parking Lot 3). Geared toward students in fourth through eighth grade and their families, the event will feature a long list of hands-on activities and demos showcasing health care, chemistry, graphic arts, astronomy, biology and more. Participants can test their DNA, see police canine dogs in action, design and print their own posters in the graphic arts lab, make slime in a chemistry classroom, get an up-close look at fire trucks and learn more about rocket-building from a NASA-bound team of Harper students.

"Our goal is to give these children an idea of the outstanding careers that are out there, and help them understand the role that higher education plays in getting there," says Mike Barzacchini, Harper's Marketing Director and co-chair of the College's Inspire Team, which is coordinating the event. "Of course, we're making sure they have fun while they're learning, which is what inspiration is all about."

The Expo, which will feature Harper faculty alongside professionals from outside companies and organizations, furthers a College goal of engaging young students early-on in their education. Refreshments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. For more details, visit www.harpercollege.edu and search "Expo."

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