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Caz College to present ‘Science is Fun!’

— Cazenovia College faculty and students will present “Science Fun!,” with demonstrations and activities for children ages 5 to 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the second floor science lab, room 208, of Eckel Hall on Lincklaen Street in Cazenovia.

No registration is necessary. This free program is sponsored by students in the college’s Environmental Club, and is designed to show young people in the community some of the wonders of the scientific world in ways they can easily understand.

Dr. Venera Jouraeva and Dr. Thad Yorks are coordinating the event. They note that inadequate numbers of students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is of a great concern across the country.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1.2 million jobs in STEM fields in six years, but only 200,000 STEM graduates to fill these jobs.

Children can get more excited about science by attending the upcoming “Science is Fun!” workshop.

Activities will include creating crafts from leaves, cones and other tree parts; using chromatography to create beautiful butterflies; making gigantic soap bubbles; making colorful worms with a polymer derived from seaweed; creating a conductive nanolayer using pencils; and writing invisible messages that come alive.

There will also be Mathematician-Magician’s tricks; tree identification memory and relay games; and a Be-A-Squirrel scavenger hunt, along with live fish and amphibians. Cookies and juice will be provided.

For more information, contact Venera Jouraeva, at 655-7986, vjouraeva@cazenovia.edu; or Thad Yorks at 655-7148, teyorks@cazenovia.edu.

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