Science Day at Dartmouth 2014

Welcome to the Science Day at Dartmouth information page!  Here you can find all the information you need about Science Day 2014.  As featured in Kid Stuff Magazine!

What is Science Day at Dartmouth?

Graduate students from Dartmouth College invite area students (with an accompanying adult) to visit our labs on campus, meet real scientists-in-training, and learn about a wide variety of fields of scientific research.

Graduate students in the sciences will lead fun demonstrations and hands-on activities. Come spend the day with us and learn just how exciting research can be! This is your chance to talk with real scientists, ask questions about their work and the things you wonder about and find out why they love what they do!

Science Day at Dartmouth is organized by the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) group at Dartmouth and funded by Dartmouth’s Graduate Student Council.

When and where is Science Day?

Date: Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Parking: Dewey Field Lot (at the intersection of North Park Street/Hwy 10 and Lyme Road/College Street/Hwy 10).  Get directions here!
Bus stop: Vail DMS (Blue and Brown routes)
Welcome Table: Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center (everyone will check in here and get directions to all other activities)

Which departments/ laboratories will be leading activities at Science Day?

Departments/Laboratories confirmed so far:

  • Anthropology
  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Thayer School of Engineering

What do you need to do to participate in Science Day?

First, RSVP by clicking here to let us know we should expect you and to access our contact information

When you arrive on campus, park in the Dewey Field Lot and then follow the signs to our Welcome Table in the lobby of the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center. At the welcome table, you will receive a packet containing information about the activity stations in each department, along with maps and directions to help you find them.  Graduate students and volunteers will be available to answer questions, help you find your way, etc.  Bring your own notebook to record data and observations just like our graduate student scientists do!!

Other important Science Day information:

Science Day at Dartmouth is a drop-in event.  Our activity stations will be open from 10am-3pm, and you may arrive and leave whenever you like.  Activities and demonstrations are geared for students in 6th-9th grade, and designed to be approximately 15 minutes each.  (Interested students outside that age range are still welcome to attend.)  Students are encouraged to ask questions and get involved in the stations!  We have organized the event so that participants can visit as many or as few stations as they like and spend as much or as little time at each one as they choose.  New this year, two activities will only occur at certain pre-planned times, so ask about these at the welcome table.

Participants are also welcome to take a break for lunch or snacks.  If you do not bring your own, food can be purchased in Novack Cafe or King Arthur Flour Cafe in the Baker Berry Library, or in downtown Hanover.

Things to keep in mind:

  • All students MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times!
  • Please enter ONLY the areas designated for Science Day.  Do not explore the academic buildings unaccompanied.  Many laboratories have sensitive and/or dangerous equipment.
  • Please be considerate in academic buildings and laboratories: many students and faculty members will be working in their laboratories on and offices during the event.
  • If you are ever lost or confused, ask for help!  We will have Science Day volunteers helping people find their way around campus.

The most important thing to remember about Science Day is to HAVE FUN!  Science is cool and exciting, and we are all looking forward to sharing our experiences with you!

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