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Science Saturdays return to Bellevue College

 

Bellevue College will host two “Science Saturdays” this winter. The challenging three-hour sessions are filled with hands-on science, math and engineering activities for students in 5th, 6th and 7th grades. Each session is taught by a Bellevue College professor.

Both sessions will be held on Bellevue College’s main campus at 3000 Landerholm Circle SE.

On Jan. 28, from 1-4 p.m., Professor Carole Berg will teach a session called “Chemistry.” Students will learn about alternative energy sources and use a chemical process to turn used vegetable oil into biodiesel. They will even get to observe the creation of a flaming snowball. The registration deadline is Jan. 25.

On Feb. 11, also from 1-4 p.m., Professor Frank Lee will lead a session titled “Material Stress Analysis.” Students will learn about force, stress, strain and material properties, and then put this knowledge into action by breaking material objects, analyzing the results, and predicting the strength of a beam. The registration deadline is Feb. 8.

Each session costs $50 (financial assistance is available for those who qualify). All supplies, along with a healthy snack, are included in the tuition.

To register, visit http://scidiv.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/sciencesaturdays to print the registration form. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Although the sessions are designed for kids in grades 5-7, children in other grades may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

More information is available by contacting Kate Souza at 425-564-3055 or Kathryn.souza@bellevuecollege.

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