Dartmouth Students Produce STEM Events for Younger Crowds

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Future scientists and mathematicians visit campus for tours and workshops.

two graduate students showing a parent and his children the science behind bread and cheese
At Science Day 2017, graduate students Sally Demirdjian, left, and Michelle Clay show visitors how microorganisms are involved in making food. In the background are graduate students Joshua Kerkaert, left, and Dallas Mould. (Photo by Bryan Neumann) 


Future generations of scientists and mathematicians are coming to campus on Saturday, April 28, as Dartmouth hosts two STEM events: Science Day 2018 and Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day. Both are student-to-student events where graduate and undergraduate students connect with middle school and high school students.

For the sixth annual Science Day, graduate students are inviting aspiring young science students (with an accompanying adult) to visit labs, meet real scientists-in-training, and learn about different kinds of scientific research. Tours will begin at 10 a.m. in the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, where visitors will check in and get directions to all demonstrations.

Most activities will run about 15 minutes each, repeating throughout the day. The event is organized and funded by Dartmouth’s School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, with additional support from Chroma Technology Corp., Ramunto’s Pizzeria, and Boloco in Hanover. With more than 350 visitors already signed up, registration is recommended, but not required. For more information, contact scienceday.dartmouth@gmail.com.

Dartmouth’s seventh annual Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day, named for a pioneering 19th-century female mathematician, will be a day of hands-on mathematics workshops and games for female middle and high school students and their teachers. As with Science Day activities, all presentations and workshops are designed and led by Dartmouth graduate and undergraduate students. The day’s program begins at 9 a.m. and all events will take place in Kemeny Hall 008.

The agenda, available online, includes presentations on “Cryptography: The Mathematics of Secrets” and “Let’s Mine Some Coin,” a workshop on cryptocurrency. Admission is free and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Registration is required. Sponsored by Department of Mathematics, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Associate Dean for the Sciences, the goal of Math Day is to encourage young women to continue their study of mathematics.

For more information, contact Tracy Maloney.

Joseph Blumberg can be reached at joseph.e.blumberg@dartmouth.edu.

Joseph Blumberg