Randolph College Science Festival: fun for all ages

For all you parents and students in the Lynchburg regional area interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Randolph College is having a Science Festival on March 25-27, 2011. It looks like it will be a great time for all ages. We hope to see you there!

From the Randolph College Department of Physics website:

“The Randolph College Society of Physics Students is proud to bring you the Second Annual Randolph College Science Festival. Begun as a Science Day for kids in 2005, we are joined by science, humanities and arts departments across the campus, and by numerous presenters to bring a weekend of activities for all.

All activities are free and open to the public, and are for all ages. Only the Science Day activity on Saturday afternoon requires pre-registration, please feel free to drop in on any of the other events. All Science Day participants receive a t-shirt, and the first 100 people who attend other Science Festival events will receive a t-shirt.”

  • Admission to all events is FREE!
  • No registration required (EXCEPT for Science Day, on Saturday afternoon) SCIENCE DAY REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.
  • All events are open to ALL ages EXCEPT Science Day which is for 3-6 graders
  • Have lunch or dinner in our dining hall either day, or snack at our coffee shop.  Click for more information on dining.

All Events are Free and Open to the Public

Friday, 3/25

Physics-based ballet class with Dr. Ken Laws of Dickinson College.
Visitors are welcome to watch a ballet class of Randolph College dancers. This class, although “physics-based,” is a ballet class, with barre and centre, and appropriate music.
10:20 – 11:50 pm, Dance Studio

Women in Science Panel
Alumnae in the sciences come back to campus to share their experiences in various scientific careers. Moderated by Dr. Kathy Schaefer, Associate Professor of Biology. Refreshments will be served.
4:00 – 5:30 pm, Martin 315

Science and Dance – A New Pas de Deux? by Dr. Ken Laws of Dickinson College
An intriguing challenge is now evolving – to find ways that different fields of knowledge and interest can speak to each other.  Seldom have science and dance spoken the same language, much less benefited each other through common sharing of ideas and analyses.  Physics Professor Emeritus Kenneth Laws and Graduate Student Melanie Lott have been finding valuable ways of applying physics to dance.
7:30 – 8:30 pm, Smith Theatre

Saturday, 3/26

Science Day for 3rd-6th graders and teachers
Participants will be led through a series of 30 minute, fun, hands-on activities. T-shirt, snack, and certificate of completion are given to all participants.
This is the only event that requires pre-registration at http://physics.randolphcollege.edu/sps/sciday
11:45 am – 4:30 pm, Physical Education and Recreation (PER) Building

A Scientist Goes to the Movies:The Day After Tomorrow
Professor Dr. Karin Warren will offer commentary to this complete screening (film runtime 2 hours). Free popcorn!
6:00 – 8:30 pm, Student Center, Main Hall

View the Heavens at Winfree Observatory*
Astronomer Katrin Schenk will direct the telescope at the planets and the stars for all to see. Refreshments will be served.
8:30 -10:00 pm

Sunday, 3/27

Drop in Science Activities

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Martin Science Building

  • Robots: come and try to control a number of different robots (Martin 320)
  • Non-Newtonian Fluid Pool: sometimes a liquid, sometimes a solid, come and experience this large-scale demonstration for yourself! (Martin Porch)
  • More! Check back at this website for updates

Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby
Cub scouts race their cars in competition, then tracks are open for the public to join in.
1:00-5:00pm, Front Campus, Rain/Wind Location for Pinewood Derby: Houston Chapel

Scientific Methods: “the passion of the scientist, the precision of the poet”**
A reading of science-inspired poetry and prose by Randolph College students and Professor Laura-Gray Street. Refreshments will be served.
**Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature
7:00 – 8:00 pm, Jack Lounge of Smith Memorial Building

* Cloud-Cover Date for Winfree Observatory
In overcast conditions, observing may not be possible. If in doubt, call ahead to the College switchboard 434-947-8000.
8:00 – 9:30 pm

For more information as it becomes available go to the Randolph College Physics Department website.

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