KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will hold its 15th annual TechKNOWFest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Kokomo campus, 1815 E. Morgan St. Along with TechKNOWFest activities, the day will include the 4th Annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ Smash Out Diabetes event.
TechKNOWFest is a free, family-focused event that celebrates learning with exhibits, hands-on activities and useful information for all ages and interests. Each academic program at Ivy Tech hosts a relevant activity. Some examples:
• This year the School of Liberal Arts is again sponsoring a visit from The Empire of Chivalry and Steel. Visitors can experience the culture of the Middle Ages through the Renaissance as this educational, re-creation group brings history to life.
• “Professor Steve” will be back with his popular and entertaining science programs. This year his shows include “Spooky Science Show” in honor of Halloween and “Wild Water and Fantastic Fire.”
• The Science Ambassadors from Dow AgroSciences will offer interactive science activities along with information about careers in agriculture. Ivy Tech Kokomo Agriculture Program Chair Jennifer Vandeburg encourages students who are interested in agriculture careers to come to this exhibit to also meet with her and learn about Ivy Tech’s ag degree.
• The Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences will host a plethora of hands-on activities including health screenings, a mock surgery center and a visit from the college’s own tooth fairy.
“Bringing guests on campus to see, first-hand, that learning can be fun is our goal,” said event co-chair Rhonda Groves, dean of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s School of Business. “Partnering with the Punkin’ Chunkin’ event is a nice tie to our health sciences and nursing programs.”
Punkin’ Chunkin’ is an event designed to support local diabetes services in the Kokomo community. Teams from local schools, health care providers, businesses and churches will launch pumpkins from catapult devices known as trebuchets to help “Smash Out Diabetes” and will participate in a variety of pumpkin-related games and events. An obstacle course has been added to this year’s event in honor of Joan Peterson, a well-respected Kokomo diabetic counselor. As part of an effort to respond to the estimate that about 3 percent of the population has undiagnosed diabetes, Community Howard Hospital’s community vehicle will be on hand for free screenings.
Among other FREE activities available at TechKNOWFest this year are: Pin the stem on the pumpkin, pumpkin face masks, pumpkin races and a straw maze; a farm equipment display; the annual Ivy Tech photo contest and a student art exhibit; a medical emergency transportation display with a helicopter and ambulance along with a Jaws of Life car extrication demonstration and fire safety education including a fire smoke house; and health-related offerings including blood pressure screenings, diabetes education, dental education and more. The “Books are Fun” book sale will offer a place to shop and food will be available from vendors Harvey Hinklemeyers and Orange Leaf.
Community members are encouraged to attend all the activities on Nov. 9 at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s main campus at 1815 E. Morgan St. in Kokomo.