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WV Spot Science Activity Day!

Come join a fun event for all ages at the physics department!

The West Virginia Science Public Outreach Team (WV SPOT) Ambassadors will host science activity stations to showcase what we offer to schools. In addition to the activities, we'll have ongoing science demonstrations that you can try, including UV beads and an infrared camera! The event is free and open to the public. Please share with schools you know to schedule for our ambassadors to visit!

Activity 1: Green Bank Telescope Design Challenge, 1-2pm, 2-3pm, Middle school and older.
The Green Bank Telescope (GBT) is the largest steerable structure on land. How do engineers balance cost, materials, and weight to make such a strong and durable telescope? Practice building your own tall structure that can hold weight with spaghetti, gum drops, and marshmallows!

Activity 2: Code a Robotic Arm, 1-1:30pm, 2-2:30pm, Middle school and older.
Learn how diligent and careful computer programmers needs to be to get a robot like Curiosity or the arm on the International Space Station to follow directions. Program your own code for a robot arm to stack cups!

Activity 3: Build a Molecule, 1-1:30pm, 2-2:30pm, All ages.
Use gumdrops and toothpicks to build your own molecule! Learn about "functional groups" to describe your molecule's properties.

Activity 4: Build Your Own Watershed, 1:30-2pm, 2:30-3pm, All ages.
What is a watershed? Where does our water come from? Where does it go? How do our daily lives impact the watershed(s) we live in? Students will ‘build’ their own watershed by balling up newspapers to create mountains, valleys, and lakes. A plastic table cloth will be placed over top of the landscape structure and props, representing various land use activities, will be placed throughout the watershed. Students will then simulate rainfall and observe how the rainwater washes various pollutants into downstream systems.

Activity 5: Design an Alien, 1:30-2pm, 2:30-3pm, All ages.
Astronomers have found hundreds of other worlds. How would another life form adapt to environments with different surfaces, temperatures, atmospheres, and gravity? This is your chance to get creative!

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