STEM Saturdays start September 14


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As part of Adams State University and Title V STEM's ongoing efforts to influence student success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Programs are pleased to announce a series of activities for San Luis Valley students, STEM Saturdays.

These free interactive sessions are open to the public and will stimulate the imagination and curiosity of students. Topics range across the spectrum, including biology, robotics, earth science, chemistry, computer science and mathematics. All sessions are designed with specific grade-level, developmentally appropriate lessons in mind.

Sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon. Reservations are required.

The following will meet in Porter Hall room 135:

  • September 14 and October 12– "Robotics and Interactive Art with Sensors and Arduinos," George Sellman, assistant professor of computer science, grades 6-12.
  • September 28 – "Biology with computers: plants, animals, and he gases they use," Dr. Kristy Duran, assistant professor of biology, grades 4-6.
  • October 26 – "Mathematics: Games and Beauty," Dr. Steve Aldrich, professor of mathematics, grades 5-8.

Other sessions include:

  • October 12 – "Fossil ID: What is That Ancient Dead Thing?," Lyle Carbutt, adjunct instructor of biology and earth science, in Porter Hall room 125, grades 4-8.
  • November 9 – "Seeing Elements in a New Light: Exploring Absorption and Emission Spectroscopy with Elements and Compounds," Dr. Christy Miller, professor of chemistry, Porter Hall room 324, grades 5-8.
  • November 23 – "Optics, Telescopes, and the Sky," Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor of physics, Porter Hall room 120, grades 5-8.
  • November 23 – "Cellbots: The Art of Mobile Driven Robotics" and "Visual Anonymity Enhancing Technologies," Ankur Chattopadhyay, assistant profesoor of computer science, Porter Hall room 232, grades 9-12.

On September 28, from noon until 5 p.m., Dr. Tim Armstrong, professor of biology, will lead a field trip to Zapata Falls, meet in the west parking lot of Porter Hall. Grades 6-12 are welcome.

For more information or reservations, contact Cindy Bervig, STEM outreach coordinator, at 719-587-7586 or