Zero-K Science Club inspires students to explore new things

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Sponsor Ed Siek tries out the hovercraft the club created. Zero-K has been around for three years.

Bryanna Farmer

When some individuals have a science question, their first instinct is to head to Google to find all their answers. On the other hand, the members of the Zero-K Science Club head to experiments and observations to obtain their answers. The members strive to find out things that others don’t. When they have a question or idea, they pursue it.  

With the inspiration of previous club president Waleed Rehman, junior Josh Escamilla has led the Zero-K club through multiple experiments and helped find the answers to many questions with the help of the club members and Sponsor Ed Siek.

“Dedication and the ability to ask questions are very important when it comes to the Zero-K Club,” Escamilla said.

Over the past three years, some activities the Zero-K Club have done include building aluminum foundry that they later smelted down, creating a hovercraft, making Co2 ice cream, completing a solar scorcher activity, and making match rockets. The club gains their ideas from the various members in the group. When a question is asked, they create a way to find the answers through experiments, studies, and observations.

Every year, the Zero-K Club travels to University of Nebraska-Lincoln to attend a science emporium. Last year, some of the various activities they did at the emporium included attending a lecture. At the lecture, they debated whether Superman was immortal and could fly. They also attended a theoretical discussion over zombies along with seeing a design for a 3D printer and viewing a contest on programing and developing games.

“We are always looking for ambitious people with a passion and interest in science or engineering,” Siek said.

The club plans on having a camp out at a lake where they will spend their night doing nature-based explorations, star observations, and survival skill activities. They also plan on organizing a science competition.