"Technology in Science Discovery" is the theme of Fort Hays State University's Science Day, which will be from 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, in Albertson and Tomanek Halls.
Check-in will be from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Black and Gold Room of Memorial Union, with a welcome immediately following in the same room. Visitors will then be split into groups to go to the various labs.
The microbiology lab will be open in Albertson Hall, with students who will prepare specimens and observe bacteria from their own mouths. Visitors to the lab will look at the traits of animal and plant specimens and learn about the effects of various evolutionary processes.
The Chemistry Department will introduce visitors to the relationships between light, color and solution concentrations in Tomanek Hall. Students will use computer interfaced laboratory equipment to measure the concentration of copper in a solution. Visitors will then be shown how the results of this experiment could be used to determine the copper content of a U.S. coin.
The Geosciences Department, located in Tomanek Hall, will utilize the Geographic Information System and infrared remote sensing. They will analyze Landsat satellite images, aerial photographs and the state-of-the-art magnetometer unit. The will also identify dinosaur fossils collected by FHSU students. Visitors are welcome to bring along any unknown rocks, minerals or fossil specimen for identification.
The Physics Department in Tomanek Hall will conduct optic demonstrations and experiments. Visitors will have the chance to do computer simulations and to explore undergraduate student research projects.
Space is limited to the first 150 high school juniors and seniors, so interested individuals should call to reserve a space at 1-800 628-FHSU or (785) 628-5666 by Wednesday, Nov. 19.