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Monday, April 30, 2007

High school students test science skills at PSU

Hundreds of Four-State high school students will test their science skills on Thursday, May 3, as part of Pittsburg State University’s annual Science Day. The students will demonstrate their knowledge in chemistry, physics, biology and Earth and space science beginning at 9 a.m.

Organizers of Science Day say that in addition to traditional tests, students compete in a variety of events that require hands-on science. For example, students will put physics principles to work in the Paper Tower, Mousetrap Car and Paper Tower competitions.

The students will demonstrate their knowledge of Earth and space science during the Seismic Shakers competition in which they are required to construct a paper tower that will withstand shaking produced by a machine that simulates earthquakes. The Mars Colony competition requires teams of students to build models of a colony on Mars that could sustain human life. Entries are judged on uniqueness of design, completeness of design, efficiency of design, and feasibility of design.

Science Day organizers say the event is designed not only to challenge students’ knowledge, but also to be a fun introduction to the university and specifically to the programs in PSU’s chemistry, biology and physics departments.

For more information, please contact Tom Shoberg at 620-235-4387.

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