Cool Science Festival comes to campus

More than 5,000 budding scientists and science enthusiasts are expected on campus Saturday for the Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival.

The Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education, Colorado Springs Science Center Project, Cool Science Inc., and the Biological Science Curriculum Services will offer a day of free community activities designed to engage all ages in science and technology.

“We’ll have science shows, a Science Carnival with over 50 hands-on activities, open UCCS laboratories, science fair projects, community organizations, speakers on topics from eugenics to wolves and even a physics band,” Steve Rothstein of the Colorado Springs Science Center Project said. “Everyone’s invited. You’ll have a blast and, no doubt, learn something about the amazing world around us.”

At 10 a.m., science education expert Steve Spangler will demonstrate his zany experiments in “Exploding Soda and Flying Potatoes”. Formerly a Denver-area science teacher, Spangler is now well known for national appearances, teacher training camps and popular educational toys.

More science fun will be on stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with two Magic of Chemistry shows by the Ron Furstenau, assistant professor, Chemistry, U.S. Air Force Academy.

“Chemistry is all about ‘stuff’, how it looks, feels, smells and works,” Furstenau said. “In our show, we’ll explore lots of different ‘stuff’ that looks like magic, but it’s not.”

Local engineer, author and women-in-science mentor Jill Tietjen will give the festival’s keynote address at 12:30 p.m. “Discovering Scientific, Technical, Engineering and Mathematical Women The accomplishments of pioneering women engineers, scientists, and inventors over the course of U.S. history.”

At 2 p.m. on the University Center Upper Plaza, the UCCS UCCS Physics Classic Rock and Roll Orchestra will perform. Members of the band include Jim Burkhart, associate dean, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Zbginiew Celinski, professor, Physics; Bob Camley, professor, Physics; Tom Christensen, dean, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Sam Milazzo, senior instructor, Physics; Gene Abrams, professor, Mathematics; and Chip Benight, professor, Psychology.

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