Super Science Saturday was held on October 29th, 2016 in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The photo shows members of the Chlorine Chapter of Iota Sigma Pi, a national honor society for women in chemistry, sharing science with members of the public. Many of our graduate and undergraduate students, and numerous additional volunteers, helped to make Super Science Saturday into a very successful event! Thanks to all those who contributed their time and effort.
Super Science Saturday (SSS) is a free Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education event for students in kindergarten to 12th grade, parents, and anyone interested in seeing science in action. SSS is sponsored by LSU Chemistry, the Baton Rouge local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and LSU Athletics.
SSS is held each Fall, usually around National Chemistry Week. There are hands-on demonstrations and activities to engage students and adults alike. Each K-12 student that attends is given a passport at the check-in area that has blocks for all the activity stations. When the student visits the station and participates in the activities the passport is stamped. After visiting all the activity stations located around the concourse level of the PMAC they receive some small gifts at the check-out area. Many regional K-12 teachers give students with a fully-stamped Passport some bonus points for attending and learning some science.
This year there were 19 activity stations staffed by Albemarle, BASF, Dow, ExxonMobil, the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, LSU College of Science Departments and organizations, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), and Our Lady of the Lake College Chemistry Department. The event is free, but we collect non-perishable food items (and/or monetary donations) for the Baton Rouge Food Bank.
LSU Chemistry Graduate Student Activity Station – liquid nitrogen experiments
ExxonMobil activity station.
Albemarle activity station.