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Free Science Saturdays being offered in Knoxville

Weekly event features interactive presentations and activities presented by local teachers and ORNL scientists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 28, 2014
FY14-07

ORAU has partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to bring students and scientists together through a weekly program called Science Saturdays about a variety of engaging science topics through interactive presentations and hands-on activities.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU has partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to bring students and scientists together through a weekly program called Science Saturdays. Students in grades 8-12, along with their parents, are invited for three Saturday morning presentations in February where they will learn about a variety of engaging science topics through interactive presentations and hands-on activities.

“Science Saturdays provide a unique opportunity for students to have direct interaction with scientists from ORNL,” said Marie Westfall, Interim Associate Director for ORAU’s Center for Science Education. “Through this program we hope to excite students about the subject of science by introducing subjects and activities not found in their daily education.”

One local teacher, paired with an ORNL scientist, will cover discussion topics such as climate change and climate modeling with supercomputers, nuclear sciences, robots and sensors, neutron detection and light diffraction.

During the first Saturday program, which drew more than 100 participants, students used kits to experiment with the levitation and suspension of superconductors.

Upcoming topics include:

  • Feb. 1 - How to power your cell phone for a week
  • Feb. 8 - Less energy in buildings, more dollars in your pocket
  • Feb. 15 - Shedding light on solar energy

The programs, held in West High School’s auditorium, begin at 9:00 a.m. and are expected to end around 11:30 a.m. Participation is free. Please visit the Science Saturdays website for registration and further program information.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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