​Ohio State’s First “West Fest” a Success

Dozens of families headed to Ohio State’s West Campus in Columbus to check out the first West Campus Science and Technology Festival on Saturday, May 20. Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, the Center for Applied Plant Sciences, and the Office of Energy and Environment hosted the festival for members of the central Ohio community to see the many science laboratories and research centers housed on Ohio State’s West Campus.

Other participating attendees included the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center, Center for Automotive Research, OBIC, Sea Grant/Stone Lab, COSI, Franklin Park Conservatory, and Orton Geological Museum. Displays with hands-on activities from each center provided fun and educational opportunities for both kids and parents.

A shuttle bus looped through west campus from the festival, carrying passengers to enCORE, Ohio State’s student-designed and -built solar home, and CAR, the Center for Automotive Research, for free tours.

“We are thrilled that our inaugural “WestFest” was such a success,” Jason Cervenec, Education and Outreach Director, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, said. “More than 400 people attended, and many families brought their children to take part in the hands-on activities and the laboratory tours. Watching the genuine excitement of the children was wonderful.”

Ohio State plans to expand the event to include even more research groups and laboratories in 2018.

Written by Natalie Michalski, Communications Assistant in the Office of Energy and Environment