january, 2020

25jan10:00 am3:00 pmSuper Science Saturday!

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Event Details

How do you get your children excited about science and math?  Treat them to the experience that is Super Science Saturday!  They can solve a math maze, try biology, physics, and chemistry experiments, meet amazing creatures, and much more!  This
annual event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, in the Remington/Agenstein Hall at Missouri Western State University, in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Presented by the St. Joseph Museum and MWSU, the day will include hands-on activities, courtesy of MWSU, area high schools, Hy-Vee, the Remington Nature Center, as well as KQ2 and KNPN television stations.

The St. Joseph Museum will return to its roots again this year with Super Science Saturday, reflecting the Museums’ original founding as a Children’s Museum over 90 years ago. The Children’s Museum was a project of the Natural Science Club of the St. Joseph Junior College, under the direction of club sponsor, and first museum director, Miss Orrel Andrews.  Super Science Saturday began in 2001 as an opportunity to bring area high school and Missouri Western State University science educators together with the community’s youth for one action-packed day of exploring the sciences.  Hands-on, kid-friendly experiments and projects are performed for — and with the help of — the students who attend.  Past experiments have included the sound sandwich, color wheels, and tetrahedron tower building.

So what’s new this year?  Why, you can make a Big Face Box to gigantify your head for one thing! Then there is the glow wall and the 3-D holograph illusion courtesy of science instructor Rich Piper of South Holt High School.  Thanks to Benton High School science instructor Daniel Benz and his student volunteers, there will be experiments relating to air and gas pressure too!  For a look at the science of health, Hy-Vee Store Dietitian Sheri Craddock, RD, LD will present experiments related to food choices and how to make wise ones.

 Along with a series of ongoing experiments,
MWSU Chemistry professors will present their always popular chemistry shows every
15 minutes beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Visitors can also expect to see and participate
in “Fun with Biology”, a series of biology experiments presented by students
from the MWSU Biology Department featuring Bess Beetles, termites, and various
types of cockroaches.    

In the Bushman Planetarium, there will be
brief shows starting every 10 minutes that are available at no additional charge.

 

You just never know
what you might see in in the Creatures
programs, which will be given at 11 a.m. and at 12, 1, and 2 p.m.
The Remington
Nature Center staff and volunteers will be presenting Missouri’s native
reptiles.  Learn about the diversity of
reptiles found right here in your own state.
Does an exotic reptile make a good pet?
Could be, but they will explain what it’s like to be an owner of these
unique and often long-lived animals.  Be
sure to stop by and meet their sulcata tortoise as well as many live snakes!

 As a challenge to youth and adults alike, a room-size “Math Maze” will be presented by Dr. Kevin
Andersen and Dr. Lori McCune in the entryway of Remington Hall at MWSU.

For a few mind games and illusions, check out the activities presented by MWSU
Psychology Department on the first floor of Remington Hall.

Be sure to check out the second and third floor atriums where there will be
“Weather Centers” with activities and demonstrations thanks to meteorologists
Mike Bracciano of KQ2 and Matt Brooks of KNPN.
There will also be a “Weather Forecasting Technology” area where
children can practice giving weather reports in front of a green screen, just
like the pros!

“The St. Joseph Museum began as a natural science museum for children and we are committed
to education.  Super Science Saturday is
a great way to coordinate with local science and math experts to fulfill that
commitment while honoring the Museums’ beginnings,” said Sara Wilson, executive
director, St. Joseph Museums, “We’re looking forward to providing a day of fun
for the entire family, and to building lasting enthusiasm for the sciences.”

 Super Science Saturday will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January
25, 2020, at Remington/Agenstein Hall at Missouri Western State University,
4525 Downs Drive.  Admission is $3 for adults and students.  Children under five are free.  Parking is free.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  To
purchase tickets in advance, visit stjosepmuseum.org/events.
  For more information, call 816-232-8471 or
e-mail the St. Joseph Museum at sjm@stjosephmuseum.org.

 

Time

(Saturday) 10:00 am - 3:00 pm