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Science + Art Saturdays = fun for area high school students

Students take photos and selfies with art in the Maier as part of a Science + Art Saturdays activity

Students take photos and selfies with art in the Maier as part of a Science + Art Saturdays activity

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., lasts about two hours, and includes a complimentary 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 the Randolph College 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, Cyanotypes and Chickens, takes place Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Maier. Students will explore Randolph’s half-acre organic garden and learn about environmental sustainability. They will also gather natural materials and harness the power of the sun to create cyanotypes, a camera-less photographic printing process.

Other sessions this fall include The Science of Skywatching, The Science of Illusions, Colors to Dye For, and Presto Change-o! Colorful Kitchen Chemistry. 

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

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