Super Science Saturday 2020 Update:
Due to the hands-on nature of Super Science Saturday and the fight against COVID-19, the event has been postponed until further notice. While we are still as dedicated as ever to promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the safety of our attendees and community comes first. Thank you for your continuing support of science outreach in Baton Rouge.
About Super Science Saturday
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. This year there will be 20 stations with 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 each of 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 will 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 – so students should hang on to their Passports if that is the case.
We typically have 1,000 to 1,100 K-12 students and 1,200 parents attend the event. Over 150 volunteers help with SSS, from staffing the activity booths, to blowing up 800+ balloons to give to the K-12 students that attend the event.
The activity stations this year will be staffed by Albemarle, BASF, Dow, ExxonMobil, the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, LSU College of Science Departments and organizations, LSU Engineering Diversity Ambassadors, LSU Food Science, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Solutions Through Science, Iota Sigma Pi, and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady of the Lake University Chemistry Department.
The event is free, but we are collecting non-perishable food items (and/or monetary donations) for the Baton Rouge Food Bank.
The organizer of the event is Prof. Andrew Maverick (LSU Chemistry, phone: 225-578-3361, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Please contact him for more information or questions about Super Science Saturday. Information is also posted on the LSU Chemistry website (chemistry.lsu.edu).
Photos from Past SSS
LSU Chemistry Graduate Student Activity Station – liquid nitrogen experiments
ExxonMobil activity station
Albemarle activity station
LSU Student Physics Society activity station featuring a van der Graff generator to illustrate static electricity.