Community Science Day Encourages Exploration, Experimentation

Biology, chemistry, geology, and physics among sciences on display at The College of Wooster

11 April, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Taylor Hall will become a mecca for experiments, demonstrations, and a variety of other hands-on activities for children of all ages when The College of Wooster hosts its sixth annual Community Science Day on Saturday, April 26. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. and continues through 4 p.m. in Taylor Hall (308 E. University St.). There will also be complementary refreshments available throughout the afternoon.

The event is designed to engage young minds through interactive projects, according to John Lindner, professor of physics at Wooster. "Once again, our science departments will work collaboratively to provide exposure to a range of sciences," he said.

Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a wide range of experiential learning opportunities in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, neuroscience, physics, and, for the first time, mathematics. Highlights include the geology department's famous exploding volcano ,which erupts every 30 minutes.

Stations will be set up in 13 rooms throughout Taylor Hall, and in an effort to encourage the aspiring young scientists to sample every one, they will receive a passport for each place they visit. "It's a great way for younger students to look at science outside of the classroom," said Vanessa Logan, president of Wooster's Physics Club and one of the organizers of the event. "By giving them hands-on opportunities to experience the sciences, they are able to get excited at a young age."

Science Day has a long history at Wooster, but the most recent generation emerged from the Wooster Physics Club Outreach Program, an award-winning program developed by the Physics Club in which students perform physics demonstrations at local elementary schools. While doing so over the years, club members realized that their demonstrations were not accessible to all students in the community and not all sciences were represented, so in an effort to reach a wider audience, Science Day was recreated six years ago.

The event is organized by the Physics Club with funding from the Student Government Association. Additional information is available online or via e-mail.