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Science on Saturday

Science on Saturday (SOS)  is an exciting science program for young students (K-6th grade) and their families. Sponsored by NPI with support from area industry, the annual event highlights fun and educational science experiments that are geared to ignite interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). SOS brings STEM out of the classroom and into the community to demonstrate and explain to students that science is fun and everywhere!

One hundred seventy-five (175) visitors attended the first SOS event in May 2012, which was hosted at the Center for Energy Development in Bay City, Texas. Led by local educators with support from high school students in the POWER SET and WIT outreach programs, the students, families, and community members had opportunities to learn through a variety of interactive, hands-on activities. They learned about air pressure in bubbles, "smoking" dry ice, black light use in forensics, and "hair-raising" discoveries using a Van de Graaff electrostatic generator. Support was provided by South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company and Phillips 66 Corporation.

The 2013 SOS event was hosted on the Wharton County Junior College campus, and more than 200 visitors participated. The students, families, and community members were amazed by the exciting demonstrations and had the opportunities to rotate through 12 engaging activity stations that were manned by local POWER SET members from El Campo, Palacios, and Van Vleck high schools as well as college students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Wharton County Junior College. Participants learned how scientists are able to use everyday occurrences such as bubbles to help understand light refraction, pressure, and many other science concepts. It was science applied to the real world. Industry partner Phillips 66 hosted the "Crazy Chemist" who wowed students with a wide variety of activities. South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company also provided support of this event.

On March 21, 2015 at Wharton High School approximately 400 visitors participated in this fun educational event. Led by local educators with support from area POWER SET and WIT members, aided by Wharton Junior High student groups, Power GRID and BRT, the students, families, and community members had opportunities to learn through a variety of interactive, hands-on activities. This year, additional demonstrations were presented by Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) instructors from various departments, including nuclear processing, nursing, and digital engineering.   Industry supporters included Phillips 66 Corporation and the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company.

Science on Saturday  2016

When:                Saturday, February 27, 2016

Time:                 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where:               Main Gym at Palacios High School, 100 Shark Dr., Palacios, TX 77465

Parking:             Parking is free.  Bus & vehicle parking is in the student parking lot in front of the gym

What to Bring:  Your enthusiasm for science!

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