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Lynchburg's Only Science Festival Planned for March 26-28

March 5, 2010
Randolph College to host weekend of demonstrations, activities, movies, and observatory viewings

LYNCHBURG – Randolph College will hold its second annual Science Festival March 26-28. The weekend is Lynchburg’s only Science Festival.

The free event is held by the College’s Society of Physics Students and will feature hands on activities and demonstrations including a women in science panel, an open viewing at the college’s observatory, drop in science activities, and a showing of the movie 2012, just to name a few. The event is for all ages.

The Science Festival also includes Science Day, an annual program geared toward younger children. Science Day has become increasingly popular since its inception in 2005.

6th Annual Science Day

The Science Festival incorporates the 6th Annual Science Day, which requires pre-registration, and is geared to students in third through sixth grade. The event, schedule for Saturday, March 27, is sponsored by Areva. Students will be divided into groups and guided through a series of fun, hands-on science demonstrations and activities that reinforce the Virginia Standards of Learning. Activities include everything from laser demonstrations to slime to recycling to activities in Randolph College’s organic garden. All participants receive a free t-shirt. Teachers can attend Science Day as well and can register to receive recertification points and access to educational resources. For more information on Science Day or to register, please see: http://physics.randolphcollege.edu/sps/sciday/

2nd Annual Science Festival

Randolph College’s Science Festival activities are all free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Schedule for Randolph College 2010 Science Festival

Friday, 3/26

Women in Science Panel , 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Martin 315
Alumnae in the sciences come back to campus to share their experiences in various scientific careers. Brought to you by Kathy Schaefer. Refreshments will be served.

Sustainable Living @ Randolph College presents Lisa Heinzerling , 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Smith Theatre
Associate Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation will speak.

A Production of Einstein’s Dreams , 9- 10:30 p.m., Leggett Lab Theatre From the Randolph College Theater Department, directed by Melora Kordos. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, 3/27

Science Day for 3rd-6th graders and teachers , 11:45 am - 4:30 p.m.
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 .

A Scientist Goes to the Movies: 2012 , 6 – 9 p.m., Student Center, Main Hall
Seismologist Tatiana Gilstrap will offer commentary to this complete screening (film runtime 2.5 hours). Free bags of popcorn.

View the Heavens at Winfree Observatory *, 9 -10:00 pm
Astronomer Tom Michalik will direct the telescope at the planets and the stars for all to see.

Sunday, 3/28

Drop in Science Activities, 1– 3:00 pm, Martin Science Building

§ Robots : come and try to control a number of different robots (Martin 320)

§ Touch and Feel Animal Pelts (Martin 323)

§ Non-Newtonian Fluid : sometimes a liquid, sometimes a solid, come and experience this large-scale demonstration for yourself! (Martin Porch)

§ Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby Showcase (Martin 3rd Floor)

Experimental Archaeology: A Workshop with Masks and Tragedy , 3– 4 p.m., The Dell, Rain Location: Houston Chapel
Classics Professor Amy R. Cohen and Randolph students present excerpts from next year’s Greek Play and a hands-on demonstration of the science of the Greek masks.

Randolph Professors Go to the Movies4:30-5:30 p.m., Student Center, Main Hall
Can a drop of liquid turn a planet into a black hole? If it is not science, how does Hollywood do it? Come and learn about the science and the filmmaking tricks that make the magic of Hollywood. Presented by Professors Gauthier and Sheldon.

* Rain Date for Winfree Observatory , 8 – 9 p.m.

For more information, please see: http://physics.randolphcollege.edu/sps/scifest/

For more information, please contact Brenda Edson at (434)947-8142, ext. 2 or bedson@randolphcollege.eduor Peter Sheldon at psheldon@randolphcollege.edu.

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