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October 2003

Release Date: October 23, 2003

ASU Schedules 3 Science Day Sessions for Elementary Students

Allowing fourth-grade students to explore the mystery and majesty of science so that they might one day consider careers in one of the sciences is the goal of three Angelo State University science departments sponsoring three sessions of "Science Day" this fall on campus.

ASU's Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Physics Departments are sponsoring Science Day programs Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 20 at Angelo State University. The Science Days program will provide elementary students with the opportunity to experience science in the university setting where the science resources are more extensive than in the typical elementary school classroom.

Participants in Science Day will visit the Biology Department's Natural History Collection to see various animal specimens collected from the Concho Valley and used in biological research. The young students will also attend chemistry and physics laboratory demonstrations that will explain scientific concepts at a level they can appreciate and understand. Many of the demonstrations are designed to astound the young students, like crushing a frozen apple or making an egg float.

Dr. Nick E. Flynn, a member of the biochemistry faculty and director of ASU's Honors Program, is coordinator of the Science Day activities.

"The goal of this program is to interest students in the sciences early," Flynn said. "Since studies indicate it is much harder to stimulate student interest in the sciences once they reach the upper elementary grades, we have designed this program for fourth graders."

For the U.S. to maintain its global preeminence in the sciences in the future, Flynn said the nation needs to attract more students toward careers in the sciences. "While this is a fun day for the kids, we have serious reasons for doing it," he said. "Our scientific future depends on it."

Flynn indicated ASU science majors will lead many of the demonstrations and not only provide participants with a hands-on scientific experience but also offer them a greater and more compelling perspective on the sciences.

For additional information, contact Flynn at 942-2181, Ext. 250.