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Science Day to Stoke the Curiosity of Inquiring Young Minds on April 20

Astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics among the sciences to be explored

April 9, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Four floors of experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on activities will beckon children of all ages when The College of Wooster hosts its annual Science Day on Saturday, April 20, in Taylor Hall (308 E. University St.). The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. and continues through 4 p.m.

Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a wide range of experiential learning exercises, including observing cells through a microscope, discovering how sunglasses work, learning how fluorescence is used to solve crimes, creating comets with dry ice and dirt, and chilling with some liquid nitrogen ice cream.

The event is designed to engage young minds through interactive projects, according to John Lindner, professor of physics at Wooster. “Science Day enables us to perform more demonstrations,” he said. “It also gives us a chance to involve the other College science clubs, and to reach both home-schooled children and entire families.”

The Astronomy, Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Neuroscience, and Physics Clubs work collaboratively to provide exposure to a variety of sciences.

Science Day has a long history at Wooster, but the most recent generation sprung from the Wooster Physics Outreach Program, an award-winning project developed by the Physics Club in which students perform science experiments at local elementary schools.

“Normally, we go out to middle schools and do demos for students in the local area,” said Lily Christman, senior physics major and Physics Club president, “but the Physics Club members get very excited for Science Day because we get to bring local families into our college community to show them the demos and give them a sense of what our work at the college is like.”

Science Day is organized by the Physics Club with funding from the Student Government Association. For additional information, contact Physics Club President Lily Christman, or visit the organization's website.

 - Libby Fackler '13 also contributed to this story