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COTC to Hold Family STEM Festival

NEWARK, Ohio, Sept. 14, 2018 – Math and fun are not words often in the same sentence for kids or adults, but Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Assistant Professor of Mathematics Emily Dennett is hoping the Family Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival will help change that.

On Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to noon, students, faculty, staff, their family and the public are invited to enjoy STEM games and more. The free festival will be in the Melissa Warner Bow Grand Hall located in the John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Drive. COTC faculty and students in programs like math, nursing, culinary science and more will be facilitating the activities.

Families will be able to solve puzzles, play games and take part in activities that explore how the technical programs at COTC use STEM in the classroom. At 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. children can enjoy math storytime that will invoke imagination to show them that math isn't just about numbers. Beyond those activities, attendees will also see how STEM can be used in everyday life. Dennett hopes that they will identify the STEM skills they already have by attending the festival. Ideal for anyone age three or older.

"Since many of our students are also parents, I wanted to help them feel confident when talking about STEM with their children. Being able to do so will be beneficial to them as they take classes and their children as they learn too," said Dennett. "The objective is for everyone to have a positive experience with STEM."

With more than 40 programs in areas like healthcare, engineering technology, public service and safety, and business and information technology that employ in-demand STEM skills, the college offers students an education that pays. Associate degrees, one-year certificates and short-term skills certificates provide the way to a new career or career advancement.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.