More than 200 people from Appalachian State University and the Boone community volunteered at Playhouse Buildfest, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival.

Buildfest is the largest annual event hosted by The Children’s Playhouse, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit children’s museum.

Each year BuildFest offers activities suitable for children of all ages, as well as activities specifically designed for children in preschool and grades K-3 and 4-6. Organizations and individuals from both Appalachian and the Boone community served as activity partners by sponsoring and running various STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities throughout the day.

“BuildFest involves months of planning, but it’s worth it to see how much the kids and parents love it,” said Kathy Parham, executive director of The Children’s Playhouse.

BuildFest 2016 activity partners included Appalachian’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Geology, Department of Chemistry, Department of Art, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) and the Aging, Growth, & Experience (AGE) Labs.

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