The fun family event expands with more activities for more ages

March 23, 2018

The entire family will find something to engage their interest at the third-annual Science Sunday held from 1 to 4 p.m. April 8 at Regis University’s Northwest Denver Campus, 3333 Regis Blvd. The free event will fill the Pomponio Science Building with hands-on activities geared toward elementary and middle-school students. New this year is a speaker series to highlight Regis faculty and their research.

“In past years, we’ve seen really young kids and adults having just as much fun as everyone else,” said event organizer Quyen Hart, an associate professor of physics and astronomy. “With some of our new activities, we think older youths and more adults will find themselves deeply engaged.”

The United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, becomes the science fair’s first industry partner. Its Women in Launch team will bring virtual reality headsets for visitors to try.

The many science stations are planned to engage children in neuroscience, biology, astronomy, math and physics. For example, kids will learn about the planets while making solar-system bracelets and use math skills while designing their own hexaflexagons (folding paper strips in myriad ways to reveal different fronts and backs). Children may earn a goody bag after visiting 14 activity stations, while supplies last.

Weather permitting, telescopes will be placed on the campus’ Boettcher Commons for observing the daytime skies through safety lenses.

Regis faculty will provide brief talks during the Science Sunday Speaker Series in the science building’s amphitheater with a new talk starting on the hour and at the half hour.

“These talks are geared toward the general public, and especially toward high school students and adults,” Hart said.

Science Sunday is supported by the University’s Regis College, home to many of the humanities and science departments, and the Regis student chapter of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University, one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.