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Physics Students Host Science Day for Children

The free event is part of the Society of Physics Students' celebration of the World Year of Physics

4/12/2005 9:36:42 AM


LYNCHBURG — Randolph-Macon Woman’s College will host a Science Day for students in fourth through the sixth grades on Saturday, April 16 from noon until 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the College’s Chapter of the Society of Physics Students in conjunction with the SVEA, the event will all students from all across the region to test their science skills.

The event is free for students who registered by April 8, and will be held in the Physical Education and Recreation Building off Norfolk Avenue.

R-MWC students will divide the younger students into groups and guide them through a series of demonstrations and activities, which include trivia and building contests and a science obstacle course.

The physics chapter felt it was important to get young students excited about science, said Tracey-Ann Wellington, president of the chapter.

“We hope that students realize science is fun, and that everything you do has some element of science in it,” she said. “We hope to change students’ misconceptions of science and scientists from early on. We want to challenge their minds, so that there will be the hope of another Marie Curie or Albert Einstein in the future.”

This program is part of the College’s celebration of the World Year of Physics. The chapter has conducted surveys, participated in field trips and hosted speakers to talk about the importance of physics in everyday life.

By celebrating the science, the college students hope to open minds to what it’s done for the world.

“People can then see how the things that they take for granted came about,” Wellington said. “And hopefully, they will better appreciate what they have and their surroundings.”

For more information, please contact Brenda Edson at 947-8142.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations