Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Randolph College's 2012 Science Festival doubles attendance

More than 1,400 people of all ages got a taste of the magic of science March 23-25 during Randolph College’s 2012 Science Festival.

The Science Festival is in its fourth year and is designed to spark an interest in science in people of all ages by making science fun and accessible. The festival revolves around interactive exhibits and kid-friendly activities while also including lectures with leaders in the science community. Randolph’s Society of Physics Students runs the event each year with the help of more than 90 student volunteers.

“The student volunteers did an amazing job making all the events happen, and making them happen well,” said Peter Sheldon, a Randolph College physics professor and director of the Science Festival. “We grew Science Festival significantly this year, with more activities and more attendance, and we could not have done it without the huge community support.”

Michael Shermer, founder of Skeptic magazine, kicked off the event with a classroom demonstration and public lecture on Thursday, March 23. Other events included a poetry contest for students in K-12, the popular Science Day for third through sixth graders, a drop-in event featuring hands-on science activities, the opportunity to view and critique the movie Twister with a scientist, the regional Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, and much more.

Randolph College provides Science Fest free to the community with the help of generous individual and corporate sponsors: Lead Sponsor: The News & Advance, AREVA, Edison2, Frito-Lay, Future Focus Foundation, Dominion Electric Vehicles, Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, High Peak Sportswear, Meriwether Godsey, Stewart Langley Properties, Pepsi, Marge Dillard ’4848, and The Honorable Elliot S. and Rosel H. Schewel.