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October 2008

Release Date: Oct. 21, 2008ASU Logo

Dates Set for Fall ASU Science Days

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 programs held this fall in the Cavness Science Building on the ASU campus.

Students from Wall, Big Lake and Angelo Catholic elementary schools will attend Oct. 28, while students from various San Angelo Independent School District elementary schools will attend Oct. 30, Nov. 4 and Nov. 6. 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 and Biochemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics Departments.

The Science Days programs are intended to provide elementary students with the opportunity to experience science in a fun and engaging 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 ASU Science Days. Prior to each program, he also provides teachers with materials to share with their students to help enhance their understanding and enjoyment.

For more information, contact Flynn at 942-2181, ext. 250, or go online to http://www.angelo.edu/dept/chemistry/sciencedays.html.