science festival

Physics professor Peter Sheldon named Leader of the Month by Lynchburg Business magazine

Peter Sheldon

Peter Sheldon, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics & Engineering and director of the Center for Student Research at Randolph, is featured as Leader of the Month in the latest issue of Lynchburg Business magazine. In the article, Sheldon answered questions about his work at Randolph, the SUPER program, and his role in founding... READ MORE >>

SciFest 2019 – Recap

Local children enjoy a physics activity at Randolph College SciFest

Stories, news coverage, video, and photo galleries from SciFest, Pi Run, Science Day, Maker Fair, and more.... READ MORE >>

Origami and engineers: SciFest speakers show interconnectedness of art and science

Jessica Sidebottom Jones ’17, Danielle Stone ’17, and Laura Williams spoke during the Women in Science Panel Friday

As Robert J. Lang clicked through a slideshow featuring his most impressive creations, the students in the audience gasped in amazement. His origami works include everything from a 500-micron bird that’s so small it can only be seen through a microscope, to a more than 20-foot-tall Hero’s Horse monument shaped like a Pegasus in Irving,... READ MORE >>

2019 Science Festival explores ‘The Art and Science of Origami’

Child participating in science activities during the 2018 Science Festival

Did you know there is a mathematical algorithm to the art of origami? Did you also know that the algorithms and theorems of origami design have shed light on long-standing mathematical questions and have solved practical engineering problems? Robert J. Lang, a physicist and one of the world’s leading origami artists, will explain the connection... READ MORE >>

Randolph Science Festival receives Technology Program of the Year Award

Participants in the 2018 Science Festival work on computers

Randolph College’s Science Festival was recently recognized for its impact on the region at the Lynchburg Regional Technology Council’s 2018 Tech Edge Awards ceremony. Randolph received the Technology Program of the Year Award, which recognizes an educational institution or group of students who have shown outstanding achievement in the areas of technology and innovation in... READ MORE >>

Sign up now for Science + Art Saturdays this fall!

A student carefully measures liquid being poured into a beaker

This fall, Randolph College will continue its popular (and free) Science + Art Saturdays, featuring a wide range of scientific and creative ventures for local high school students. Each session begins at 10 a.m. and includes lunch. Laboratory activities are taught by Randolph faculty, and interactive tours and art workshops are taught by staff from the Maier Museum... READ MORE >>

Science of sound keynote, alumnae panel kick off Science Festival Weekend

Nicholas Perna leads students on a vocal exercise using straws.

Randolph College’s 10th annual Science Festival is now underway, following a musical keynote performance and open class and an engaging panel discussion led by alumnae in science careers. The Science Festival continues this weekend with a wide variety of free, family friendly events and activities. For the keynote on Thursday evening, Nicholas Perna spoke—and sang—about... READ MORE >>

Science of sound keynote to highlight 10th annual Science Festival

A Science Day attendee takes a look through a microscope

Have you ever wondered how a small person can have such a big voice? Or, how does an opera singer belt the high notes so easily? Nicholas Perna will answer both of those questions and more in his keynote performance to headline the 10th annual Randolph College Science Festival. The Science Festival is a series... READ MORE >>

See the stars and planets at the Winfree Observatory Star Party!

Students use the telescope in the Winfree Observatory during a recent Star Party.

Randolph College will host several Star Parties at the Winfree Observatory this spring, including one this Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. During the Star Parties, Randolph students open the observatory to members of the campus community and the general public to use the telescope to view celestial objects. In case of inclement weather, check http://randolphscience.org to... READ MORE >>

Society of Physics Students named Outstanding Chapter for 10th straight year

The annual Science Festival is one of the Randolph Society of Physics Students' biggest events. Here, a Randolph student shows children how to create a circuit.

The Randolph College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) recently reached a special milestone when it was recognized with an Outstanding Chapter award for the 10th-straight year. Presented by the national SPS organization, the designation honors the group for its activities during the 2016-17 academic year. Fewer than 8 percent of chapters are... READ MORE >>