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ASU Fall Science Days Set for October

September 28, 2011

More than 800 local and area fourth graders will get an up-close look at some of the wonders of science during Angelo State University’s fall Science Days on Oct. 4, 6, 11 and 13 in the Cavness Science Building on the ASU campus.

Students from Fannin, Glenmore and Reagan elementary schools will attend on Oct. 4; Bonham, Lamar and McGill elementary students will attend on Oct. 6; Alta Loma, Angelo Christian Academy, Holiman, San Jacinto and Paint Rock ISD elementary students will attend on Oct. 11; and Bowie, Crockett and Reagan County ISD elementary students will attend on Oct. 13. 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 activities are conducted by ASU faculty, staff and students from the Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Physics Departments. Students from 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 12:40 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.

Dr. Bonnie Amos, ASU professor of biology, 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 Amos at (325) 486-6656.

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