Viruses, Magnets and Bio-materials, Oh My!
October 21, 2008 -- Excerpted from Martha Peters, Center for Bio-inspired Nanomaterials
Science Saturdays, a free program to teach kids aged 10 to 15 about cool new research and technology at MSU, was launched in 2008. Kids get to participate in hands-on experiments, learn about exciting new projects, and meet the scientists and MSU students who are shaping the future in Montana. Attendees get their own MSU “SciPass” passport, which is stamped after completing activities and can be used at future Science Saturday events.
The following topics were featured at Science Saturdays during the 2008 and 2009 academic year: viruses (November 2008), magnetism (December 2008), bio-materials (January 2009), computer simulations (February 2009) and energy alternatives (March 2009).
In October of 2009, Science Saturdays went on the road conducting sessions in the towns of Crow Agency and Pryor which are both located on the Crow Indian Reservation. The kids in Crow Agency gave a unanimous show of hands when asked if they want to come to a Science Saturday at MSU!
“Science Saturdays have been a great way for MSU scientists and MSU students to interact with kids and teen-agers,” said Trevor Douglas, professor of chemistry and director of MSU’s Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials, which sponsors Science Saturdays along with MSU Extended University and the Undergraduate Chemistry Society. “We hope more kids and parents will join us to see the exciting research happening right here in Bozeman.”