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Kenyon College Hosts Science Saturday

GAMBIER, Ohio — This February brings a chance for middle schoolers (grades 6-8) to have an extraordinary, sensory, hands-on science experience on Kenyon College’s campus. The spring BLAST off with ATHENAS Science Saturday program will explore water and how it shapes the earth. Students will explore how glaciers move, what contaminants can be in our water, how water reflects light and so much more in this fun-filled day of experimenting.

The program takes place on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Kenyon’s Science Quadrangle, 201 N. College Road in Gambier. Registration is now open on a first-come, first-served basis and will remain open until Feb. 17, 2023, unless all slots are filled earlier. Registration and additional information can be found at kenyon.edu/community-programming/.

This program is free for students and includes lunch and snacks. Each program includes multiple sessions where participants will play and explore with different experiments related to the day’s theme; these sessions are broken up by a snack break. After lunch, students participate in a larger group demonstration session, an activity, and/or an “Ask-a-Scientist” Q&A with a professional scientist. 

The combined BLAST off with ATHENAS program stems from two Saturday science programs for middle school girls and boys that, respectively, Aimed To Heighten girls’ Experiences Near and Around Science (ATHENAS) and allowed Boys to Learn About Science Together (BLAST). Now, combining these two programs has created a stronger peer-community experience with enriched activities. This program provides students with the opportunity to associate fun with science, be introduced to a community of scientists from all levels (including college and postgraduate), and gain exposure to fields of science and experiments not often taught at the middle or high school level.

For information about this program, contact Kenyon’s Office for Community Partnerships at communityinfo@kenyon.edu or (740) 427-5419. 

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