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See "Sciencepalooza 2014!"

When: Thursday, July 30, 2014 (10:00 AM – 2:30 PM)

Where: William Pitt Student Union – main floor

What:  “Sciencepalooza 2014!,” a day-long end of science camp celebration  designed to show hundreds of kids visiting the University of Pittsburgh campus the value and excitement of science, was born out of a collaboration between the Pitt Science Outreach Program, which is part of Pitt’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and local chapters of the YMCA and YWCA. During the event, each camper will get to visit stations that have hands-on activities that cover a wide range of topics. 

 
Fourth through eighth graders will choose from activities that include energy and the environment; how listening to loud music can damage your hearing; how to design a radio; and the techniques that forensic pathologists use to solve crime mysteries. There will also be stations run by educational partners around the city, including the Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Sunburst Guitar Studio where youth learn how musical instruments make music by changing the frequency of sound waves. See below for the full list of presenters.
 
Kindergarten through third grade-campers will be able to visit a dairy station where campers will learn about the importance of calcium for bone health and play Moo-ve it to the Moo-sic; Oliver’s Organ’s Station where campers will learn about some of their different body organs and what they do; and the “Activity Dice” game where campers leave their exercise up to the roll of dice! The campers will attend a station run by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History called, "Feathers, Furs, and Scales" and many others! 
 
 
Many stations have been developed by University of Pittsburgh science groups around campus, that include the Pitt Science Outreach program, the Pitt iGem Team, the Electric Power Systems Lab in the School of Engineering, Dr. Palmer’s audiology lab, and a group teaching about bone anthropology. However, we are very fortunate to also have science stations from a number of contributing organizations including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Climate Urban Systems Partnership, Sunburst Guitar Studio, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the CMU iGem Team, , the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Yogaflow, the Center for Nucleic Acids Science & Technology (CNAST), as well as a fun cardiovascular learning station developed by cardiologist Jim Elson.