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Science & Art Saturdays

What’s it like to take a college class? Find out on Science + Art Saturdays this fall.

These hands-on labs, workshops and interactive tours are taught by Randolph College professors and professional experts from the Maier Museum of Art.

All sessions are free, include lunch, and are open to all high school students. Please note that each student needs to have their own email address in order to register.

Any student that attends 4 or more science sessions will be designated a Randolph College Science Scholar. Students who attend all 4 art sessions will be designated a Maier Museum of Art Scholar. Certificates will be awarded during a reception on March 29, 2020 at 2 p.m.


Sign up for as many sessions as you like. See course descriptions below for more details.

Each session starts at 10 a.m., lasts about 2 hours, and is followed by a complimentary lunch. Space is limited. Registration for each session closes at noon the day before the session. Tell your friends—and sign up today! All sessions are free and are open to all high school students.

How to Register

  • Browse the course description list below.
  • Click the “register” link for each session you wish to attend.

Please note that each student needs to have their own email address in order to register. For example, if two siblings want to attend, then we need two different emails. Please call Joy McGrath at 434.485.8032 if you have any questions about the registration process.

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Course Descriptions

Cyanotypes and Chickens

What’s going on in the organic garden? Allison Brooks, sustainability coordinator at Randolph College, will lead a tour of the ½ acre garden adjacent to the Maier and discuss sustainability practices on campus.  Then, gather natural materials and harness the power of the sun to create cyanotypes, a camera-less photographic printing process.

Laura McManus, Curator of Education at the Maier Museum of Art
September 7, 2019 

The Science of Skywatching

Sky watchers know the view above our heads is filled with extraordinary things—rainbows and double rainbows, ice crystal haloes, aurorae, and clouds of astounding variety. We’ll explore some meteorology and physics behind a variety of atmospheric phenomena, and learn when, where, and how to keep our eyes on the skies to spot them.

Karin Warren, Herzog Family Professor of Environmental Studies
September 14, 2019  

Sport Psychology for Performance Enhancement

This session will discuss resources and strategies to improve performance and mental toughness (in a variety of domains) and will reiterate main points with a couple of interactive, fun, hands-on activities.

Meghan Halbrook, Assistant Professor of Sport and Exercise Studies
September 21, 2019 

Picture Books

Examine the works of art featured in Children’s Book Illustrations: Visual Storytelling and learn about the history of children’s literature. Then, create chapbooks, pocket-sized books that were the first books illustrated for children.

Laura McManus, Curator of Education at the Maier Museum of Art
October 5, 2019

Math and Strategy

Checkers and tic-tac-toe are what are known as combinatorial games – games with no random elements, and no hidden elements. We’ll take a look at a few such games, and see what math has to tell us about strategy.

Marc Ordower, Associate Professor of Mathematics
October 12, 2019 

Protein Folding with Matlab

In this session we will learn a bit of Matlab programming to visualize real protein folding data!

Katrin Schenk, Associate Professor of Physics
October 19, 2019

The Science of Illusions

Have you ever wondered how your minds see and hear the world around us? In this class we will explore a variety of mind-blowing visual, auditory, and taste illusions that teach us the inner workings of how our perceptual systems construct our experiences of the world around us.

Blair Gross, Assistant Professor of Psychology
October 26, 2019

Narrative Monoprints with Jill Jensen

Award-winning artist Jill Jensen joins us! Explore ways to use texture, stamped and stenciled images, and layered colors to create bold, graphic monoprints that tell a story. We will use a small printing press and discuss a brief history of printmaking.

Laura McManus, Curator of Education at the Maier Museum of Art
November 2, 2019

Whodunit? A Water Pollution Mystery

Put your investigative skills to work to help discover who polluted the drinking water? Based on a real case, we will examine how water pollution moves and find the culprit!

Sarah Sojka, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Physics
November 9, 2019

Colors to Dye For!

In this session, we will talk about dyes and dyeing, and test the factors that affect several natural dyes.

Ann Fabirkiewicz, Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry
November 16, 2019

Life of Pi

A brief history of seeking Pi: How does a machine beat us?

Jia Wan, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
November 23, 2019

Experiments with Gouache, Ink and Watercolor

Several of the artists featured in Children’s Book Illustrations: Visual Storytelling use gouache, ink, and watercolor to render fanciful and realistic imagery.  Learn about the chemistry and history of the media and experiment with each material.

Laura McManus, Curator of Education at the Maier Museum of Art
December 7, 2019

Presto Change-o! Colorful Kitchen Chemistry

Jesse Kern, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
December 14, 2019 – register

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