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Science and Art Saturdays at Randolph College
Science and Art Saturdays at Randolph College
Science and Art Saturdays at Randolph College
Science and Art Saturdays at Randolph College
Science and Art Saturdays at Randolph College
Science and Art Saturdays at Randolph College
Science and Art Saturdays at Randolph College
Science and Art Saturdays at Randolph College
Randolph At A Glance
The Randolph Plan sets your course from your first day of classes to graduation. You will receive personalized academic counseling that delivers an outstanding liberal arts education and enables you to graduate in four years. You can add internships, summer research, and study abroad into your college experience as well. The Randolph Plan ensures that you derive full value from your college investment.
Randolph's students come from 34 states and 23 countries. The student body includes 13% international students and 21% domestic students of color.
Randolph students are high achievers, with SAT scores averaging over 1100 and GPAs averaging about 3.5; about a quarter of Randolph students were in the top 10% of their high school classes; 55% were in the top 25% and 85% were in the top 50%.
A full 91% of our faculty members hold the highest possible degree in their fields. Randolph offers a rigorous liberal arts curriculum in small classes taught by engaged, caring professors, never a graduate student.
Randolph ranks higher than the national average for "student-faculty interaction" according to the National Survey of Student Engagement and has been designated by Newsweek magazine as having the "most accessible" professors in the country. Randolph consistently ranks among the top liberal arts colleges.
Science + Art Saturdays at Randolph College

How rare is a double rainbow?

What kind of tricks does you brain play on you?

Have you ever been haunted by zeitgeist?

Is graffiti art?

Have you ever seen a real Basquiat?

How clean is our water?

What is the shocking truth behind TV forensic labs?

What does *your* DNA look like?


Join Randolph College science faculty, museum staff, and high school students from throughout the region for Science + Art Saturdays! to explore these questions and many more.

The hands-on, laboratory activities are taught by Randolph College faculty and the interactive tours and art workshops are taught by museum staff. All sessions are free, include lunch, and are open to all high school students. Any student that attends 4 or more science sessions will be designated a Randolph College Science Scholar. Students who attend all 4 art sessions will be designated a Maier Museum of Art Scholar. Certificates will be awarded during a reception in the spring.

Sign Up For As Many Sessions As You Like

Select from the list below to register

Each session starts at 10 a.m., lasts about 2 hours, and is followed by a complimentary lunch. Space is limited. Registration for each session closes at noon the day before the session. Tell your friends—and sign up today!

Got questions? sciencesaturdays@randolphcollege.edu

Session Descriptions

Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?
Laura McManus, Curator of Education at the Maier Museum of Art
1-Sep
Watch visiting artist, Al Diaz, as he creates site-specific graffiti on the walls of Thoresen Gallery.  We will discuss the history of graffiti and create anagrams and text-based art.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at our new contemporary exhibition before it opens to the public!  

The Mathematics of Picture Hanging
Marc Ordower, Associate Professor of Mathematics
8-Sep
Explore the relationship between shape, movement and modern algebra. 20 

Whodunit? A water pollution mystery.
Sarah Sojka, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Physics
15-Sep
Put your investigative skills to work to help discover who polluted the drinking water? Based on a real case, we will examine how water pollution moves and find the culprit! 20 

Life of Pi
Jia Wan, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
29-Sep, 10:30 a.m.
A brief history of seeking Pi: How does a machine beat us? 25 

Zeitgeist: Art Imitates Life
Laura McManus, Curator of Education at the Maier Museum of Art
6-Oct
Zeitgeist translates from German to "spirit of the age" or "spirit of the times." We will explore how American artists reflect time and place.  

Protein folding fun with Matlab
Katrin Schenk, Associate Professor of Physics
13-Oct
In this session we will learn a bit of Matlab programming to visualize real protein folding data!  16 

Eyes on the Sky: The meteorology and physics of atmospheric phenomena
Karin Warren, Professor of Environmental Studies
20-Oct
Sky watchers know the view above our heads is filled with extraordinary things—rainbows and double rainbows, ice crystal haloes, aurorae, and clouds of astounding variety. We'll explore some meteorology and physics behind a variety of atmospheric phenomena, and learn when, where, and how to keep our eyes on the skies to spot them. 50 

Solving mysteries through chemistry: Identification of unknown fluids
Jesse Kern, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
27-Oct
Quick identification of compounds in solution has uses in water testing, law enforcement, quality control testing, and more. In this session, we will test a known set of standardized chemical solutions and use those observations to determine which compounds are present in a mock forensics lab sample. 18 

Monoprints and Multiples
Laura McManus, Curator of Education at the Maier Museum of Art
3-Nov
Discover different printmaking processes and create a mono-print of your own. We will look at works of art not currently on view!  

The Science of Illusions
Blair Gross, Assistant Professor of Psychology
10-Nov
Have you ever wondered how your minds see and hear the world around us? In this class we will explore a variety of mind-blowing visual, auditory, and taste illusions that teach us the inner workings of how our perceptual systems construct our experiences of the world around us. 25 

Assume or presume? The use of presumptive tests in forensic chemistry.
Ann Fabirkiewicz, Professor of Chemistry
17-Nov
Often in forensic work there is a need for a quick and simple test in the field to determine if a substance is a cause for concern (or arrest!).  Using simple, over the counter medications as examples, we will look at the chemical basis for some tests, then use them in the lab to identify an unknown white powder. 20 

Zines and Altered Books
Laura McManus, Curator of Education at the Maier Museum of Art
1-Dec
A Zine is a tiny handmade magazine and an altered book is created when the appearance of an existing book is changed using mixed-media. Take inspiration from works in the contemporary exhibition, Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat, to create a work of your own.  

How Big is Your Genome?
Amanda Rumore, Assistant Professor of Biology
8-Dec
Popular TV shows such as Law & Order and NCIS routinely use DNA evidence to solve cases but have you ever wondered how this forensics work is actually performed in the lab? Scientists have developed specific methods that which allow them to extract and analyze DNA from even a single cell! In this session you will have the chance to extract DNA from your own cells and analyze it through the method of gel electrophoresis.  


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Sciences
Randolph's roster of alumni innovators in medicine and the sciences is long and impressive. The National Science Foundation recently recognized the College's excellent track record by awarding a grant for scholarships. There's no better place to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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The Campus
Be part of an inspiring learning community nestled within a beautiful and historic 100-acre campus. Majestic, classically-designed brick buildings, sweeping lawns, a Greek amphitheater, and breath-taking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are just a few of the surprises you'll find.
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Hands-on Learning
We emphasize independent research and keep our class sizes small. You get personal attention--and internships--that strengthen your resume for your career. You're even eligible for the RISE grant, which provides up to $2,000 for your own research, in your junior and senior year.
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Sports
Randolph competes in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, one of of the most competitive NCAA Division III conferences in the nation. The WildCats are perennial contenders for the conference title and earn bids to the NCAA tournament. Whether you want to compete or just cheer on the Black and Yellow, 'Cat Nation is the place to be.
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Arts
The arts are the heart of Randolph College. Dance, studio art, theater, music, and creative writing enable you to explore your artistic potential. Bring your talent and add to our rich artistic heritage.
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Student Body
Randolph is a place where we work hard and play hard. Students attend from nearly every region in the U.S. and 28 foreign nations. There are opportunities to lead, participate, and support the community. Small campus, big experience!
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Facilities
The new Student Center boasts a Nichols Theatre, Alice's E-cade, a two-level fitness center, dance studio, and the Skellar--a great place to eat! WildCat Stadium is where 'Cat Nation gathers to watch Randolph's soccer, lacrosse, and track and field teams take on opponents from the competitive Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The newly-renovated Library is a great venue for study and research, and you cannot beat the excellent food (and freshly-baked cookies) in Cheatham Dining Hall.
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Faculty
Randolph's faculty members are ranked 13th in the nation by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. They are experts and researchers in their areas of expertise, but they are teachers first. You will enjoy their accessibility and their willingness to help you learn.

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