High School Students, Teachers Headed to UMass Amherst to Gain Hands-on Experience in Science

AMHERST, Mass. - Approximately 1,000 high school students and 70 teachers from 30 schools throughout Massachusetts will visit the University of Massachusetts campus this week to learn about science during the University’s eighth annual "Science Days" event, scheduled for Oct. 27-29. Reporters and media representatives are welcome to attend.

The program is a collaboration between the University’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and College of Food and Natural Resources. It is aimed at showing high school students and their teachers the scope of scientific research conducted at the University, and how that research affects people’s everyday lives. The students will attend lectures and demonstrations on a variety of topics. The demonstrations will be followed by laboratory tours, many of which will offer students a chance at conducting hands-on experiments.

Demonstrations include:

* "A Trip to Absolute Zero" - 10:15 a.m., all three days, Campus Center, Room 163.

* "The Biology of Trash" - 11 a.m., Tues., Oct. 27; 10:15 a.m., Thurs. Oct. 29, Campus Center, Room 162-175.

* "Exploring the Language of Bird Song," - 11 a.m., Wed. Oct. 28, Campus Center, Room 101; 10:15 a.m., Thurs., Oct. 29, Campus Center, Room 101.

* "AIDS 1999" - 10:15 a.m., Oct. 28, Campus Center, Room 101.

Laboratory tours are held at noon, and include presentations on topics such as lasers, medicinal plants, scientific glassblowing, meteorology, veterinary science, environmental toxins, nanotechnology, and the New England fishing industry.