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ASU Fall Science Days Announced

September 24, 2014

More than 750 local fourth graders will get an up-close look at some of the wonders of science during Angelo State University’s fall Science Days on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, 7 and 9 in the Cavness Science Building and Mathematics-Computer Science (MCS) Building on the ASU campus.

Students from Belaire, Fannin and Santa Rita elementary schools will attend on Sept. 30; Fort Concho and Goliad elementary students will attend on Oct. 2; students from Holiman and Lamar elementaries will attend on Oct. 7; and Bradford, Glenmore and San Jacinto elementary students will attend on Oct. 9.

During Science Days, students will see specimens from the Angelo State Natural History Collections (ASNHC), showing the variety of wildlife found in the Concho Valley. They will also learn about geology and participate in several hands-on science demonstrations and some interesting math activities throughout the Cavness Building, 2460 Dena Drive. Following lunch on the lawn, the grand finale of the program will be a chemistry magic show in Room 100 of the MCS Building, 2200 Dena Drive.

The activities are conducted by ASU faculty, staff and students from the Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Physics and Geosciences Departments. Students from ASU’s Tri-Beta biology honor society and San Angelo Central High School also provide volunteer support.

Activities will begin at 9:20 a.m. each day and culminate with the magic show starting at 12:20 p.m.

The Science Days program is intended to provide elementary students with the opportunity to experience science in an educational setting and to interest them in science at an early age. Studies show that once students reach the upper elementary grades, it is much harder to stimulate their interest in the sciences. Since its inception in 2006, the Science Days program has hosted more than 10,000 local and area fourth graders.

Marcia Revelez, ASNHC manager, organizes the Science Days program during each fall and spring semester. Area elementary schools interested in participating in future sessions of Science Days can contact her at 325-486-6699.

For more information, call Revelez or go online to www.angelo.edu/dept/biology/sciencedays.html.