ArtFEST and SciFEST have been held by the department of Visual Art, Communication and Design and the STEM departments at Andrews University for the past five years. They offer high school students coming from nine different schools across the country a unique opportunity to see and experience college life. This year’s ArtFEST/SciFEST was the biggest yet.
“The purpose is to educate and inspire these students to go into these fields and to share what Andrews has to offer,” said Monica Nudd (STEM Marketing and Enrollment Coordinator). The attendees of the ArtFEST are eligible to receive a $2,000 per year scholarship while the SciFEST attendees will get a free 17th credit if they choose to attend Andrews University in these respective departments.
The theme for the ArtFEST this year was “Building Blocks” with the activities focused on what you can use to create a masterpiece.
Marc Ullom (Associate Professor of Photography) said, “These students express [amazement] when they realize that a person can really make a living doing things like photography, film, and design… Students are fascinated by the variety of opportunities in the visual arts that Andrews offers.”
The SciFEST was built around the theme of “Cells”. Each of the seven STEM departments had a different way of presenting this theme, from the cells seen in mitosis and meiosis in pond water to cells that are found in beehives.
Edward Barboza (senior, Great Lakes Adventist Academy) said, “I want to do nursing, but I actually came to the ArtFEST to see the graphic design program. Andrews University has a great program and I’m definitely interested in doing a minor in graphic design.”
SciFEST attendee Jianing Hu (junior, Loma Linda Academy) especially enjoyed the chemistry experiment of measuring the density of water, while Zheng Cao (junior, Loma Linda Academy), enjoyed the adventurous escape room in the science complex.
On Saturday afternoon the students collected the artwork and photos that they had created earlier in the week. There were beautiful pastel paintings as well as photographs of the high school students in which colorful powder exploded and water splashed around and on them.
The weekend finished off with a quiz bowl in which teams of five students (two rounds with different teams to represent in each round, and then a final round of the top competitors) represented their respective academies in the competition to win a trophy. The questions asked were on topics covered and experiments performed throughout the SciFEST.
The runner-up for SciFEST, Andrews Academy Group One, received medallions and to the joy of their classmates, the winner of the SciFEST was Andrews Academy Group Two! To include ArtFEST participants, three prizes were awarded for Best Fine Art Pastel, Best Photo, and Spirit of ArtFEST.
Students participated with enthusiasm and soaked up the information as they experienced the opportunities presented at Andrews University. ArtFEST/SciFEST accomplished everything it set out to do: educate, inspire and create amazing memories for the students.