WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Pace University is continuing its Science Saturdays program to help teach young students about science at an early age.
The program, entering its third year, "brings a myriad of science concepts to life for participating students in grades 4-8 in Croton, White Plains and Briarcliff schools," according to a press release. Sessions began in early October and will continue through late April.
Each monthly session teaches students about a science concept from a Pace University professor before they complete their own experiments, according to the release. Science Saturdays is also expanding this year from four to six sessions with planned topics including computers, microbiology and ecology, according to the release.
"The approach works," representatives said in the press release.
In a White Plains session last year, students conducted chemistry experiments with Sandra Flank, PhD, professor emeritus at the School of Education, according to the release.
“I liked it and I want to take chemistry in high school,” one boy said in the press release. “I think that [the session] was too short, especially that I was having fun. I wish I could spend the whole day with [Professor] Flank doing this.”
The following workshops will take place at the Croton Harmon High School science labs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
• November 23 - “Making Computers Talk, Part 1” with Dr. Gerald Ardito
• December 14 - “Making Computers Talk, Part 2” with Dr. Gerald Ardito
• February 8, 2014 – “Reducing Our Impact On the Environment” with Professor Angelo Spillo
• March 8, 2014 – “Ecology: Change Right Under Our Noses” with Profs. Carl and Charlene Hoegler
• May 10, 2014 – “Investigating Microscopic Critters” with Professor Andrew Weir
The following two-hour workshops for White Plains students will take place in the Fall and Spring during the White Plains Saturday Academy:
• October 26 and January 25, 2014 - Making Computers Talk, Session #1: The Basics of Scratch
• November 16 and February 22 - Making Computers Talk, Session #2: Beyond the Basics of Scratch
• December 21 and March 29 - Making Computers Talk, Session #3: Connecting Scratch to the Outside World-Sensors and Motors