UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For chemist Gabby Di Domizio, building rockets isn’t rocket science.
The doctoral student in Penn State’s chemistry department has been crafting homemade model rockets with her dad and brother since she was a child growing up in Lansdale. Afternoons spent in the backyard launching their aeronautical inventions are not only some of the best memories of her childhood, but the catalyst that sparked her lifelong interest in science.
Di Domizio will share her love for STEM when she and other members of Penn State’s Chemistry Graduate Student Association (GSA) lead a science, technology, engineering and math-focused workshop on building “pop” rockets at the University’s third annual Art of Discovery booth at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.
Festival-goers of all ages are invited to stop by to assemble and launch their own DIY rockets from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at the Art of Discovery booth next to Willard Building. The workshop will be one of many free hands-on activities and demonstrations highlighting the art of science and the science of art, hosted at the booth by educators and students from across Penn State.
“Helping kids construct their own rockets will be a flashback to my childhood,” said Di Domizio, who is external liaison for the Chemistry Graduate Student Association and spends her days at Penn State developing synthetic routes for making new nanoparticles. “Model rockets were my entryway into science, and eventually chemistry, and I hope to help inspire a child like my family did for me.”