16th annual TechKNOWFest set for Nov. 15 at Ivy Tech Kokomo

Free family-focused event celebrates learning with fun activities


‘Professor Steve’ entertains last year’s TechKNOWFest crowd

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will hold its 16th annual TechKNOWFest and 5th annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. This year, for the first time, indoor activities will be offered in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center with “hayride” transportation to the outdoor activities on the south end of the main campus at 1815 E. Morgan St. TechKNOWFest is a free, family-focused event that celebrates learning with exhibits, hands-on activities and useful information for all ages and interests. Here are some of the highlights:

At the event center:

  • A fall carnival of game, craft and activity booths will be staffed by faculty and students from a number of Ivy Tech programs, as well as Kokomo’s Project Access program. Activities are aimed at youngsters from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade who will have a chance to collect TKF “money” to trade in for prizes.
  • “Professor Steve” (Steve Walden of Lebanon, Ind.) will be back with his popular and entertaining science programs. This year, he’ll be presenting “Professor Steve’s Fantastic Reactions Show,” illustrating physical and chemical reactions with everything from magic tricks to explosions, and “Professor Steve’s Crazy Kitchen Laboratory Show,” humorously teaching chemistry, air pressure, friction and electricity all with things found around the house.
  • The Empire of Chivalry and Steel will offer its recreation of the culture of the Middle Ages through the Renaissance in the event center auditorium. Members share costumes, customs and jousting skills in their educational and entertaining presentation.
  • The Science Ambassadors from Dow AgroSciences will offer interactive science activities along with information about careers in agriculture.
At last year's event, youngsters got to try on firemen's gear

At last year’s event, youngsters got to try on firemen’s gear

Participants can enjoy a hayride as wagons will shuttle between the event center and the outdoor activities on the Ivy Tech Kokomo campus that include:

  • The 5th annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ event where participants can launch pumpkins from catapult devices known as trebuchets. There is no charge this year to participate.
  • A straw maze and displays of agricultural equipment.
  • A collection of emergency medical equipment vehicles – from fire truck to emergency medical helicopter – that visitors can view “up close and personal.”

For those who are interested, lunch items Harvey Hinklemeyer’s will be on sale in the event center. Kettle corn will also be available for purchase.

For more information, call Ivy Tech at 765-457-0858, ext. 100.


About Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton and Winamac. Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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