The program will run once a month during the school year. Each program will feature a public presentation by a Wittenberg faculty member on an accessible science topic, likely something outside the typical high school curriculum. After a continental breakfast on the second floor of the David L. Hobson Atrium, students will then take part in a hands-on science experience led by current Wittenberg students and their professors.
Wittenberg's biology, chemistry, computer science, geography, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology departments are all participating in Wittenberg Science Saturdays.
"The first time that a student sees science outside of a textbook can be a powerful experience – both for the student and the teacher," said Adam Parker, assistant professor of mathematics. "We hope that this outreach program will have a dramatic effect on both high school students from the Springfield area, as well as our current Wittenberg science majors."
The new program is funded by a grant from Future Jobs, a regional workforce development program. Wittenberg is a partner with Future Jobs and University President Mark H. Erickson is a member of its board of directors.
The first meeting of Wittenberg Saturday Science is scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 24, in Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center. The mathematics department will host the program titled "The Symmetric World." Students will examine the mathematics behind some of the patterns seen in the brickwork, tiling, fabric, woodwork, or metalwork around campus. Future events will be hosted by Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Anes, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ray Dudek and Assistant Professor of Michelle McWhorter.
There is no cost to participate in Wittenberg Saturday Science, and the public is welcome to attend the lecture portion. However space is limited for the hands on experience. Click here to register for the event or send an e-mail to request additional information.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Robert Gantt
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