UMass Amherst

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Saturday, OCTOBER 24, 2015

Integrated Science Building (ISB)

661 North Pleasant St.
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

The University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing at UMass welcomes high school students in grades 10-12 from across the Northeast and beyond to visit our campus to engage in exciting hands-on science activities, demonstrations, and guided lab tours.   Science Quest is a one-day event and it is ENTIRELY FREE to all attendees!

Students may select their own schedule of mini-classes which might include a physics lab tour to see how nanoscale devices and materials are made, or another on how a crumpled piece of paper can help explain principles of energy and matter, or why bacteria shouldn't get such a bad rap (it's shocking!), or how starches interact and form gels, or how to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen, or how to turn peanut butter into powder!!!   All presentations are organized by UMass faculty members.

A panel of UMass undergraduate science students will be on hand to talk about their experiences as UMass science majors, and a group of Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) students will discuss their new program.  Finally, a UMass admission representative will give a brief presentation and answer any questions you may have about preparing for college and/or applying to UMass.

Students may come on their own, with a parent, or with a teacher on a class field trip. Teachers will earn 5 PDPs for bringing their classes.  For planning purposes, we ask that all attendees (including students, teachers, parents and other chaperones) register for Science Quest so that we know how many people to expect.  (At this time, there is no way for teachers to register their entire class as a list.  Rather, each name, email, and course selection must be entered in individually on the registration page.)  

Due to constraints of space, we are limiting participation to only 10th, 11th and 12th graders. 

Travel funding is available for classes/schools in need of such support (Please see the link below). 

We suggest that you arrive 30 minutes early to check in and get seated!

Reg Link

Courses & Demos Descriptions

Photo: Food Science Demo, April 2011


Science Quest is sponsored by: UMass College of Natural Sciences, the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM), the NSF Material Research Science Engineering Center (MRSEC), the Pioneer Valley STEMNet, and the iCons Program at UMass.


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