ROCK SPRINGS – Western Wyoming Community College will host its annual Free Day community event on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Rock Springs campus. There will be free classes and activities for visitors of all ages. Lunch is provided, and there will be lunchtime entertainment courtesy of the WWCC Performing Arts Department.
“We have a good mix of activities this year, including some first-time events that we believe will be very popular,” said Free Day Committee Chair Christopher Sheid. “Also, we are bringing back last year’s Vehicle Dyno Challenge, in which local auto owners can bring their high-performance vehicles to our automotive technology lab to test their torque and horsepower on our dynamometer. We also have a full day of food-related classes, including a Dutch oven demonstration from 9-11 a.m., two classes on how to make freezer jam, and two afternoon cooking demonstrations by our SODEXO food service chef, Craig Thompson. We even have a class on stress management, provided by our Student Disability and Counseling Center.”
Sheid said that the Dyno Challenge event will be managed by WWCC auto tech faculty and students. All vehicles are welcome, but owners must sign a waiver form to participate and event supervisors reserve the right to decline to test any vehicle that may pose a safety hazard to the equipment, to the vehicle, or to the spectators. The Dutch oven cooking demonstration is an outdoor event subject to weather conditions and participants should dress for the weather.
Other first-time class offerings include “Do’s and Don’ts of Online Banking,” presented by Rock Springs National Bank at 10 a.m. This class will offer tips for folks who would like to make the switch to online banking but who are concerned about the security of their financial information, or for anyone who wants to enjoy a safe, painless and inexpensive online banking experience. Other courses related to the digital realm include: “The Zen of Being Digital,” which explores ways that people can maintain healthy tech habits in an era of digital overload; “Gadget Habits for Your Kids,” a session for parents who want to establish common-sense rules for their children’s tech usage; and classes on Beginning and Advanced Photoshop.
There will also be a Blood Pressure Clinic hosted by the Student Nurses Association and a fitness activity room where Exercise Science students will have fun fitness challenge activities for visitors of all ages. And, for anyone who has ever thought about earning a private pilot’s license, there will be two sessions on how to become a private pilot – flight simulator included!
One exciting new Free Day event is “Mascot Mayhem,” in which several of Sweetwater County’s familiar mascots will join Thunder the Mustang for a meet-and-greet and photo-op session with guests. Then, during lunch in the Atrium, the Mustang cheerleaders will join the mascots on stage for the Mascot Cheer Competition, when each of them will do their best to elicit the loudest cheers from the Free Day audience. A second meet-and-greet session will follow.
Other activities of interest to youngsters include: basketball and cheerleading clinics, led by WWCC student-athletes; the BOCES Planetarium; piñatas sponsored by the Spanish Club; “Got Slime?” sponsored by the Chemistry Department; Eco-Club presentations of animals from the biology lab; and Obstacle Course Fun in Rushmore Gymnasium, among others. The Aquatic Center will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. free of charge, and there will be booths, games, and other fun activities throughout the day.
“There truly is something for everyone at this year’s Free Day,” Sheid said. “We always look forward to having the community join us for this day of fun and learning, and we invite everyone to come out Saturday and have a great time!”