More than 1,200 local and area fourth graders will get an up-close look at some of the wonders of science during Angelo State University’s fall “Science Days!” on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, 6, 8, 13 and 15 in the Cavness Science Building, 2460 Dena Drive.

Students from Angelo Catholic, Fannin, Goliad and Reagan elementary schools will attend on Sept. 29; Glenmore, San Angelo Christian, San Jacinto and Santa Rita elementary students will attend on Oct. 1; students from Alta Loma, Belaire and Bradford elementary schools will attend on Oct. 6; Reagan ISD elementary students will attend on Oct. 8; students from Lamar and Fort Concho elementary schools will attend Oct. 13; and Snyder ISD elementary students will attend on Oct. 15.

During Science Days!, students will see specimens from each of the Angelo State Natural History Collections (ASNHC), showing the variety of wildlife found in the Concho Valley, as well as participate in several hands-on biology and chemistry experiments and interesting math activities.

New this year is sun printing activities hosted by educators from the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Following lunch, the grand finale will be a chemistry magic show in Room 100 of the Cavness Building.

The activities are conducted by ASU faculty, staff and students from the Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Mathematics Departments. Students from ASU’s Tri-Beta biology honor society and San Angelo Central High School also provide volunteer support.

Activities will begin at 9:20 a.m. each day and culminate with the magic show starting at 12:20 p.m.

The Science Days! program is intended to provide elementary students with the opportunity to experience science in an educational setting and to interest them in science at an early age. Studies show that once students reach the upper elementary grades, it is much harder to stimulate their interest in the sciences. Since its inception in 2006, the Science Days! program has hosted more than 12,000 local and area fourth graders.

Marcia Revelez, ASNHC collections manager, organizes the Science Days! program during each fall and spring semester. Area elementary schools interested in participating in future sessions of Science Days! can contact her at 325-486-6699 or marcia.revelez@angelo.edu.