09/25/2014 01:53 PM
BATON ROUGE – Hundreds of future scientists and science enthusiasts will pack the PMAC on Saturday, Oct. 11 for Super Science Saturday, a free family-friendly event to help students in K-12 grade get excited about science.
From noon to 4 p.m., activity stations will line the upper level concourse of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center offering demonstrations and hands-on activities that allow the students to experience science for themselves. Though this is a free event, participants are asked to bring donations for the Baton Rouge Food Bank.
For the first time, this year’s event will feature each department within the LSU College of Science: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology & Geophysics, Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy. Other LSU participants include the School of Nutrition and Food Science, the Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical Literacy and the LA-SIGMA grant consortium.
Local companies presenting demonstrations include Albemarle, BASF, ExxonMobil, Millifluidica and ProSys. The Baton Rouge American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Our Lady of the Lake College Chemistry Department and Iota Sigma Pi organizations round out the participants.
To encourage students to explore all the activities at Super Science Saturday, they will be given a passport upon entry to track their involvement throughout the day. At each station, they can get the passport stamped and, if they accomplish every activity, they will receive a free gift. Area teachers may also use the event and passport as a bonus-point opportunity.
Super Science Saturday is sponsored by the LSU Department of Chemistry, LSU Athletics and the Baton Rouge Section of the American Chemical Society. The event began 25 years ago as a way to celebrate National Chemistry Week and has grown into an annual experience filled with science fun. National Chemistry Week this year is Oct. 19-25 with the theme: Candy – The Sweeter Side of Chemistry.
Contact LSU Chemistry Professor George Stanley for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-578-3471.
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2014