Montana State University

MSU Science Saturday for kids takes place Jan. 24

January 16, 2009

Scientists such as (l-r) Janice Lucon, Chris Broomell and Emily Buckhouse, all from the MSU Department of Chemistry, will help local kids create materials in the lab inspired by nature at the next MSU Science Saturday, set Jan. 24 in the atrium of the MSU EPS Building. Photo courtesy of the Burns Technology Center.   High-Res Available

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Montana State University's next Science Saturday for kids takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 24 in Studio 1080, the Burns Technology Center's interactive multimedia center in the atrium of the EPS Building on the MSU campus.

The topic of the session is bio-materials. Participants will make stretchy slime and nylon polymers while learning how scientists create materials in the lab that are inspired by organisms found in nature.
Science Saturdays, which are free, are designed for kids aged 10 to 15, but younger kids may attend if accompanied by a parent. Everyone will participate in hands-on activities and learn about new research and technology. Attendees will also get their own MSU "SciPass" passport, which is stamped after completing activities and can be used at future SciSat events. Students who have attend a previous Science Saturday should bring back their SciPass for more stamps.

Future MSU Science Saturdays will be held on Feb. 14 and March 7.

"Science Saturdays have been a great way for MSU scientists and MSU students to interact with kids and teen-agers," said Trevor Douglas, 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."

Science Saturday enrollment is limited to 100 students. Please register by calling (406) 994-6550 during MSU business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) For more information and a video featuring Science Saturday kids, go to:

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