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Randolph College Hosts Lynchburg’s Only Science Fest March 21-24

LYNCHBURG — Want to hear about the recent discovery of what many believe is the elusive Higgs Boson? View the stars from Randolph College’s observatory? Critique Avenger while in costume? Participate in fun, hands-on activities? Compete in an animal drawing contest? Walk on Non-Newtonian Fluid? Hear winning poetry contest entries from area students? Catch the action of a Cub ScoutPinewood Derby race?

You can do it all at Randolph College’s fifth annual Science Festival March 21-24. The weekend offers Lynchburg its only Science Festival, and all activities and events are free and open to the public.

“We want to show people how much fun science can be,” said Peter Sheldon, a physics professor heading the event. “The event has grown over the past five years, and there is something for everyone.”

The packed weekend also features a Women in Science Panel featuring the College’s alumnae, a reading of winners of Randolph’s poetry contest for local elementary, middle and high school students, and a cool drop-in science activity period.

Science Fest is for all ages, and is for people of all interests (not just science) and is sponsored by Randolph’s Society of Physics Students.

Science Fest also includes Science Day, an annual program geared toward younger children. Science Day has become increasingly popular since its inception in 2005, and this year a Science Day Fun for Little Scientists session was added for children ages 3-7. While Science Day activities on March 23 require registration, all other Science Fest activities and events do not.

Randolph College provides Science Fest free to the community with the help of our sponsors: American Elements, AREVA, B & W, Dominion Electric Vehicles, Fleet Laboratories, Frito Lay, Future Focus Foundation, Givens/Little Dickens, Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, High Peak Sportswear, Langley, Lynn Hume Stuart ’60, The News & Advance, Pepsi, and Randolph College


For more information and details, please see www.randolphscience.org



Randolph College Science Festival 2013

Final 2/24/13All Events are Free and Open to the Public

A limited number of free t-shirts will be given at each event


Thursday, 3/21

Keynote Lecture and Book-Signing: “Fireworks in July — An Insider’s Account of the Discovery of the Higgs Boson.” Dr. Don Lincoln, Senior Scientist, Fermilab

7:30 pm, Wimberly Recital Hall, Presser

July 4th has always been a time for fireworks in the US, but the truly exciting pyrotechnics in 2012 were of a scientific, rather than an incendiary, variety. Physicists at the CERN laboratory announced the end of a hunt nearly half a century in the making. In a bit of scientific wizardry that would put medieval alchemists to shame, scientists turned pure energy into a form of matter that hasn’t been common in the cosmos since fractions of second after the beginning of the universe itself. In doing so, they may have discovered the long-elusive Higgs boson Dr. Don Lincoln is a member of the team of scientists who announced the discovery. He is a senior scientist at Fermilab and an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame. He is author of two books for the public about particle physics and cosmology and has two more books in press. He has written for the cover of Scientific American and is a blogger for NOVA. Please join him as he tells us what we know, and what we don’t, about this new discovery and the Higgs boson. http://www.facebook.com/Dr.Don.Lincoln

Free and open to the public.

Friday, 3/22

Class with Dr. Don Lincoln, Senior Scientist from Fermilab

11:30-12:30, Martin 323

Please contact Peter Sheldon (psheldon@randolphcollege.edu) to reserve your space since space is limited. Free and open to the public.

Alumna Career Lunch with Kacey Meaker ‘08

12:00-1:30, Darden One Conference Room

For Randolph College students. Come meet and talk with Kacey Meaker ’08. Kacey is seeking her Ph.D. in physics at University of California, Berkeley. This lunch is for any student, but particularly for those who are going into the sciences or who hope to go to graduate school.

Center for Student Research Open House

2:30 — 3:30 pm, West 106

Come and see the new Center for Student Research. The Center is the hub for student research and creative endeavors (all subjects, not just science, on campus and presides over the Summer Research Program, the RISE Program, and the Symposium of Artists and Scholars. Drop by to see our new space, to see displays of student research, and to learn more about what we do. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

Women in Science Panel

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Campus Center Nichols Theatre

Learn how our science alumnae have succeeded in their fields. Come if you are interested to hear successful women scientists, but come especially if you are considering going into a career related to science. Reception and Refreshments will be served at Open House (previous event). Panelists: Mindy Cox Dunn, PhD, ’03 Microbiology; Tiffany Paonessa Kuenzi, ’09 Nuclear Engineering; Kacey Meaker, ’08 Physics; Catherine R. Ratliff, PhD, ’75 Nursing. Free and open to the public.

Poetry Competition/Reading

6:30-7:30 pm, Wimberly Recital Hall, Presser

A reading of all the finalists in our K-12 science-based poetry competition. Finalists and details will be posted on the website (www.randolphscience.org) and the mobile app. Refreshments will be served. Poetry submissions are due February 15 and finalists will be announced on March 15. Free and open to the public.

A Scientist Goes to the Movies: The Avengers

8:00 pm -10:30 pm, Campus Center Nichols Theatre

Dr. Marc Ordower will show and share commentary on the science in The Avengers. Come in costume and win a prize! Free popcorn for all! Free and open to the public.

Saturday, 3/23

Science Day Fun for Little Scientists

12:00 — 1:00 and 1:30-2:30 pm, Randolph College Nursery School

Ages: 3-7 years old. Child must be accompanied by a parent at all times. Each session will be identical. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time for check-in.

This event is free, but requires pre-registration so that we can plan accordingly: www.randolphscience.org.

Science Day for 3rd-6th graders and teachers

11:45 am – 4:30 pm, Physical Education and Recreation (PER) Building

Participants will be led through a series of 30 minute, fun, hands-on activities. T-shirt, snack, and certificate of completion are given to all participants.

This event is free, but requires pre-registration since space is limited: www.randolphscience.org.

Star Party

8:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Winfree Observatory

Come view the heavens! Rain or shine; if there is cloud cover, we will still show off the equipment and a slide show. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, 3/24

Art and Animals and Drawing Contest

1:00 – 3:00pm, Martin Science Building

Do you like animals? Do you want to draw animals? Now is your chance!

Join us at the Randolph College Science Festival, and hone your skills while drawing animals from the RC Department of Biology Bird and Mammal Collection. Art materials-and some really cool animal subjects-will be provided. Bring an interest in animals and a desire to draw! There will also be a drawing contest for children with a prize! Free and open to the public.

Drop in Science Activities

1:00 — 3:00 pm, Martin Science Building

Robots, lasers, sound demos, Amazement Square, AREVA, Nature Zone, DEQ, and more. Local companies and organizations will be on hand with interesting activities, and do not miss the Non-Newtonian Fluid Pool! Check out the website or the mobile app to see more details of exhibits. Free and open to the public.

Pinewood Derby Regional Competition

1:00 — 4:00 pm, races begin at 2 pm, Houston Memorial Chapel

Cub scouts race their cars in competition starting at 2 pm, then tracks are open for the public to join in.


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