On September 24, GO-Science and East Carolina University (Division of Research and Graduate Studies, The Center for Science, Math, and Technology Education, and RENCI) partnered to host the Eastern Region NC Science Festival. It was held at the East Carolina Heart Institute at the ECU Medical School near the PCMH.
Over 50 exhibitors had hands-on fun programming from a Segway Human Transporter, to building a brain, creating your own hurricane, exploring biodiversity, a working steam engine, various live wildlife exhibits, DNA extraction, electrolysis and artifacts, and making your own biodiesel
BARC members participated with construction and radio demonstrations. Margaret McGuire, 12, KJ4RQG, was the BARC star. She demonstrated circuit board soldering techniques by building an AM/FM receiver. Cheryl McGuire, KJ4RQP, assisted Margaret with the demonstration. About 1500 young visitors from the Pitt County elementary schools with their parents and teachers attended the 3 hour fair.
Taylor Millar, W4WTM, operated the VHF/UHF radios and Murray Merner, K4MHM, demonstrated his Elecraft transceiver. Paul Fletcher, KS4YF, operated the HF radio in the Renic van while Doug Ferris, K4ROK, demonstrated digital modes. Dave Langley, W4YDY, assisted where needed and along with others, answered questions and explained Amateur Radio licensing requirements. John McCoy, K4KBB, also helped set up the BARC table but wasn’t able to stay for the Festival.