The Cosmology and Computing group at Kenyon provides two outreach programs available to middle school students in central Ohio. Information for parents, educators and other groups interested our programs can be found at the bottom of the page.

Girls' Science Saturdays

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Girls' Science Saturdays is a unique opportunity for the girls of Knox County to become excited about science. We inspire interest in the physical sciences by providing a fun and encouraging environment to learn and practice scientific thought. Led by Kenyon College students and scientists, participants will use cutting-edge techniques to explore new ideas and learn scientific methods used in contemporary scientific research. The program is completely outside the standard science curricula, and experiments include exploding gummy bears!

Chemistry All Around You

Saturday, November 7, 2015; 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

KABOOM! Come see the hidden powers of common household items. How can you tell if a liquid has enough acid in it to burn through a table? You don’t want to touch it to find out, but a food in your fridge can tell you. We’ll find the hidden destructive power of gummy bears, and make and eat delicious instant ice cream. Come learn how chemistry can be cool!

Engineering All Around You

Saturday, February 20, 2016; 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Bridges and motors and robots, oh my! Did you know you can build a working motor with a battery and a magnet? We'll try our hand at this and bridge building at our Engineering All Around you session! We'll even control robots with iPhones!

Ready to Register?

If you are registering an individual, please visit the registration page.

If you are a group please download our group registration materials or contact Tom Giblin or Connie Miller for information.

LADS: Learning and Doing Science

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LADS (Learning and Doing Science) is a program created to extend boys' science education beyond the classroom and develop their appreciation for the pursuit of scientific discovery. Experimenting alongside the students and scientists of Kenyon College, the lads of LADS will probe the complexity of the world of the ordinary and the world of the extraordinary! We will present to the participants material that is fun, exciting and totally new.

The Universe All Around You

Saturday, October 3, 2015; 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

This Saturday will be an explosive end for your week. We will build and launch rockets and make telescopes to watch the stars. Come learn about astronomy and astrophysics – it’ll be out of this world!

Physics All Around You

Saturday, February 6, 2016; 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

What do an ice skater, the space station and a centrifuge have in common? Why are light bulbs the shape they are? And why is bungee jumping safer than it appears? We will discover the answers to these questions and more by exploring the world of physics all around us.

Ready to Register?

If you are registering an individual, please visit the registration page.

If you are a group please download our group registration materials or contact Tom Giblin or Connie Miller for information.

Information for Parents and Educators

All of the lesson plans for Girls' Science Saturdays and LADS: Learning and Doing Science compliment the Ohio Department of Education: Academic Content Standards for middle school grades 6-8. The course material is developed in small groups led by undergraduate mentors, graduate student mentors and professional scientists and presented in a personalized way that addresses the learning ability of the students involved.

Copies of our lesson plans, including information on safety, regulations and how our lesson plans address the Ohio Academic Content Standards are available by request by emailing Tom Giblin.