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February 2007

Release Date: February 7, 2007

Spring Science Days Set for Feb. 13, 15 at ASU

Hundreds of local and area fourth graders will get a close look at some of the wonders of science during Angelo State University’s Science Days Feb. 13 and 15 in the Cavness Science Building on the ASU campus.

San Angelo Independent School District students will attend Feb. 13, while students from the Wall and Big Spring ISD’s will attend Feb. 15. The Cavness Science Building is located at 2460 Dena Drive.

During Science Days, students will see specimens from the Biology Department’s Natural History Collections, 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. Following lunch on the lawn, the grand finale of the program will be a chemistry and physics magic show. The different activities are conducted by ASU faculty, staff and students from the Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics Departments.

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.

Dr. Nick Flynn, associate professor of biochemistry and director of the ASU Honors Program, organizes the Science Days program. Prior to Science Days, he also provides teachers with materials to share with their students to help enhance their understanding and enjoyment of the program.

For more information, contact Flynn at 942-2181, Ext. 250, or go online to the ASU Chemistry Department.