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Science Saturdays at Randolph College
Science Saturdays at Randolph College
Science Saturdays at Randolph College
Science Saturdays at Randolph College
Science 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 *does* one get struck by lightning?

What is foxing?

Who benefits from neuroscience?

What is the "secret" of Project Y?

What’s the difference between recto and verso?

How clean is our water?

What’s a cornucopia of texture and color?

Is it really possible to make a rocket with an egg?

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!

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Session Descriptions

Wilderness and Waffle Houses
Laura McManus, Curator of Education, Maier Museum
Saturday, Sept. 2 — Maier Museum
Does a landscape painting have to include natural scenery? Explore depictions of the American landscape and the distinct ways artists have portrayed the world around them. Session includes art-making activity. 

The Science of Skywatching
Karin Warren, Professor of Environmental Studies
Saturday, Sept. 9 — Martin Science Building
The Science of Skywatching: learning how to look for atmospheric phenomena 

It's not easy being green
Ann Fabirkiewicz, Professor of Chemistry
Saturday, Sept. 16 — Martin Science Building
Have you ever wondered how artists make paint?  Or where pigments come from, especially in the days before art supply stores?  In this session, we’ll synthesize the green pigment malachite and talk about its use in oil, acrylic, and tempura paint.  We’ll mix our pigment to make each type of paint and compare their uses in painting. 

The Science of Illusions
Blair Gross, Professor of Psychology
Saturday, Sept. 30 — Martin Science Building
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. 

Objets d'art
Laura McManus, Curator of Education and Debbie Spanich, Museum Registrar, Maier Museum
Saturday, Oct. 7 — Maier Museum
How does a museum acquire, care for, and organize its collection of art objects? What does a curator do? Go behind-the-scenes at the Maier Museum of Art and hear from experts in collections management and interpretation. Session includes art-making activity. 

Protein Folding Fun!
Katrin Schenk, Professor of Physics
Saturday, Oct. 14 — Martin Science Building
In this session we will learn a bit of Matlab programming to visualize real protein folding data! 

How to succeed with your college application
Randolph College Admissions Counselors
Saturday, Oct. 21 — Martin Science Building

What's in the water?
Sarah Sojka, Professor of Environmental Science and Physics
Saturday, Oct. 28 — Martin Science Building
We use water to generate electricity, drink, clean, and much more. Given the importance of water, understanding water quality is crucial. In this lab, we will use biological and chemical techniques to examine local water samples and explore why water quality varies among the samples. 

Installation Art and Triangular Tables
Laura McManus, Curator of Education, Maier Museum
Saturday, Nov. 4 — Maier Museum
Explore Shared Dining, an installation created by a group of ten women incarcerated at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. The work uses individual stories to raise questions about politics, gender, and the prison system. Session includes art-making activity. 

Algae Magic: Making Food from Air, Water, and Light
Amanda Rumore, Professor of Biology
Saturday, Nov. 11 — Martin Science Building
Did you know that algae produce the majority of oxygen on Earth? And they are a primary food source for aquatic life? And they do this with just three simple ingredients? In this session you will learn about these fascinating organisms and conduct your own experiment after making your own “algae beads.” 

Picture Hanging, Permutations, and Abstract Algebra
Marc Ordower, Professor of Mathematics
Saturday, Nov. 18 — Martin Science Building
Explore the relationship between shape, movement and modern algebra.  

Art and Activism
Laura McManus, Curator of Education, Maier Museum
Saturday, Dec. 2 — Maier Museum
Can art change the world? Explore the connections between social activism and artistic practice.  Discussion will include the Maier’s contemporary exhibition, Carceral States, as well as other socially engaged artists.  Session includes art-making activity. 

Life of Pi in Mathematics
Jasmine Wan, Professor of Mathematics
Saturday, Dec. 9 — Martin Science Building
A brief history of seeking Pi: How does a machine beat us?

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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