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MSU Science Saturday presents magnetism on Dec. 13

December 5, 2008

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BOZEMAN--Kids can experience the wonders of magnetism at a free Montana State University outreach event on Saturday, Dec. 13.

MSU Science Saturday offers hands-on experiments and a close-up look at science and research projects occurring at MSU. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Studio 1080, the Burns Technology Center's interactive multimedia center in the atrium of the EPS Building.

"At MSU, we are studying how magnetism generates and transfers electrical energy, records information and facilitates high-speed communication," said Yves Idzerda, a physics professor who will lead the December activities. Idzerda added that just one of many possible applications is ultra-high-density memory, in which 100 movies could be stored on something the size of a credit card.

Science Saturdays are designed for kids aged 10 to 15, but younger kids may attend if accompanied by a parent. Kids who attended the November Science Saturday on viruses should bring back their SciPass passports for new stamps; kids who have not yet attended a Science Saturday will get a free passport during the December event.

The event is free, although enrollment is limited to 100 students. To pre-register, please call 994-6550 during MSU business hours (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Science Saturdays are sponsored by MSU's Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials and MSU Extended University, with support from the Undergraduate Chemistry Society. MSU Science Saturdays will also take place in January, February and March.

Martha Peters, Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials, 994-7658,