Rich Lab:Saturday Science Academy
- Event name: Saturday Science Academy
- Coordinator: Gareth (Gary) Trubl
- This year’s theme: Astonishing Astrobiology
- Who: Funded through Geosciences and coordinated by Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA; http://azmesa.arizona.edu/) and SWES
- When: February 8, 2014 8:30am-12:30pm
- Where: University of Arizona campus Harvill building
- Attendance: 80 students (7th-8th grade)
- Purpose: To have a UA STEM related outreach event targeting students from K-12 who are underrepresented.
On February 8th, UA hosted students from all over Tucson for the 5th annual Saturday Science Academy. This year’s theme was Astonishing Astrobiology. The purpose of the event was to have a UA STEM-related outreach event hosted by students targeting underrepresented 7th-8th grade students from local middle schools. The event featured Keynote speaker Martin Pepper (Geosciences graduate student), along with several hands-on activities for the students. The activities included a soil texturing session led by SWES graduate student Asma El Ouni (materials graciously supplied by SWES club), a rock and fossils exhibit incorporating micro and macro fossils led by the Society of Earth Science Students club (http://www.geo.arizona.edu/sess?destination=node/271), and a habitable planets demonstration by Astronomy club (http://uaastroclub.org/). SWES graduate student Gary Trubl coordinated the event and is already planning the next Saturday Science Academy this Fall.