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Randolph College Science Festival features fun science activities for all ages

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The main series of events for this year's Randolph College Science Festival begins March 27. The festival includes Science Day, an afternoon of hands-on activities for children in grades 3-6 on Saturday, March 29.

Registration opens on January 15 for Science Day, a popular annual event celebrating its 10th anniversary. Science Day is limited to 350 participants. Teachers are welcome to attend Science Day.

The Science Festival is a multi-day series of free events to let people of all ages celebrate and enjoy the beauty and fun of science.

This year, the Science Festival has an early kick-off with a 3.14 mile Pi Run at 6:30 p.m. on March 14 at WildCat Stadium. Following the fun run/walk, pie will be served to all.

Heritage High School graduate and former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin delivers the keynote address for the Science Festival in Smith Hall Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27.

“We are really excited to have Lynchburg native Leland Melvin as our keynote speaker,” said Peter Sheldon, director of the Science Festival. “We are so lucky to have this hometown hero come back to speak on our campus.”

Other events scheduled for March 27 include a Women in Science Panel featuring Randolph College alumnae, Open House at the new Center for Student Research, screening of the movie Gravity, Poetry Competition Reading and Photo Contest Viewing.

Randolph College students' research work will be on display at the Center for Student Research, the hub for student research and creative ventures in all subjects.

The Poetry Competition and the Photo Contest are open to students in grades K-12. All entries must be postmarked by Friday, February 14.

All poetry entries must be the work of the student and must be related to science or math. The theme for the Photo Contest is Science in Our World. You can find complete rules for both contests at the Science Festival website link.

While Science Day activities are taking place on Saturday, March 29, children ages 3-7 years old and their parents are invited to participate in drop-in science activities at Science Day Fun for Little Scientists at Randolph College Nursery School. No registration is needed for this event.

There will be a Star Party from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. on March 29 at Winfree Observatory. The public is invited to attend this rain or shine event.

The science fun continues on Sunday, March 30 with drop-in science activities for all ages from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Regional Championship from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Drop-in science activities, which will be held in Martin Science Building, include robots, lasers, the Non-Newtonian Fluid Pool and Drone Races.

The Pinewood Derby Regional Championship will be held in Houston Memorial Chapel. Races begin at 2 p.m. Following the Pinewood Derby, tracks will be open to the public.

The Randolph College Science Festival grew from Science Day, which was started by students in 2005. The popularity of Science Day, led to the creation of an even bigger festival encompassing multiple days.

Science Festival is organized and operated by the Randolph College Society of Physics Students and other student, staff, and faculty volunteers around campus.

Make plans to attend the Science Festival events of your choice. Stay updated as additional events are added by visiting the website or the Randolph College Science Facebook page.

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