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Sign up now for Science + Art Saturdays this fall!

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 of Art at Randolph College. Any student who attends four or more science sessions will be recognized as a Randolph College Science Scholar, and any student who attends all four art sessions will be designated a Maier Museum of Art Scholar. Certificates will be awarded during a reception in the spring.

Science + Art Saturdays are an extension of Randolph College’s Central Virginia Science Festival, held in the spring. Peter Sheldon, a physics professor who helped begin both programs, said the Science Festival and Science + Art Saturdays are intended to show how science connects to other disciplines and is a part of everyday life.

“The purpose of Science + Art Saturdays is to give high school students genuine, hands-on college experiences,” Sheldon said. “And in addition to our well-known science programs, we have the resources of the Maier Museum of Art at our disposal, so it seemed natural to offer these experiences to students as well.”

The first session, entitled Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?, takes place Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Maier. Students will watch graffiti artist Al Diaz as he creates site-specific graffiti on the walls of the Thoresen Gallery. The group will also discuss the history of graffiti and create their own anagrams and text-based art.

Other sessions this fall include The Mathematics of Picture Hanging, Whodunit? A Water Pollution Mystery, Zines and Altered Books, and Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry: Identification of Unknown Fluids.

For a full list of sessions or to register for sessions this fall, please visit

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