U of M Flint’s Super Science Friday is back

FLINT — STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education is getting a lot of attention in the media, business, and academic circles. The University of Michigan-Flint is again sponsoring a special event aimed at getting elementary students interested in the sciences.

Super Science Friday will be returning to UM-Flint on May 6. More than 600 seventh and eighth grade students from across Genesee County will participate in a day of exploration and learning.

The 24 different interactive workshops will be presented by university faculty, staff, students, and community partners. The presentations will cover a variety of sciences including electrical engineering, chemistry, information systems, food sciences, the fine arts and alternative energy. Students can choose from topics that range from Crime Scene Investigations, the Science of Music, Can You Trust a Robot?; Termite Trails: Follow the Ink; Cooking Up the Universe and many more.

“The faculty, staff and students have been working diligently to create interactive workshops that will excite these young students about science and, hopefully, inspire them to include science in their future plans,” said UMFlint Provost Gerard Voland. “Super Science Friday is another outstanding example of the university’s efforts to engage the community in a collaborative learning opportunity.”

As part of this exciting day, Super Science Friday will feature special keynote presenter, Lee Marek who was the catalyst behind the creation of the nationally recognized Weird Science demonstration team. Based at the University of Illinois, he has toured the country inspiring others to explore the magic of science. He has assisted in more than 600 workshops/programs and has presented to more than 300,000 teachers, students and the general public.

In recent years, Marek has gained national attention through his 30-plus appearances on the David Letterman Show. Through exploding balloons, floating soap bubbles, combustion and other scientific phenomena, the audience will be entertained and educated at the same time.

“Super Science Friday is a wonderful way to foster student curiosity in the sciences,” said Karen Stong, Super Science Friday coordinator. “We hope this on-campus experience will start students thinking about all the different areas of science and the career options they may wish to consider once they have graduated from high school.”

Super Science Friday is made possible in part by the generous support of the A.G. Bishop Charitable Trust, the Veit Youth Charitable Trust, and the Herbert J. and Dorothy W. Booth Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Flint.

Details: Call 810-820-0339 or e-mail ktstong@umflint.edu. G.G.

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