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1999-35 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 1999

Frighteningly Good Science Will Chill and Thrill at Super Science Saturday

Linda Carbone
NCAR Information and
Education Outreach Program
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Telephone: (303) 497-8612
Fax: (303) 497-8610
E-mail: lcarbone@ucar.edu

BOULDER -- The chills and thrills of Halloween science await students, parents, and teachers on Super Science Saturday at the Mesa Laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 30. The free public event includes live demonstrations by NCAR's science wizards and hands-on activities from face painting to learning about bats, spiders, and slime. A giant Halloween science maze will be set up outdoors for the event. NCAR's Mesa Lab sits above Boulder at the west end of Table Mesa Drive.

"Halloween is the perfect theme for this year's Super Science Saturday," says Linda Carbone of NCAR's Information and Education Outreach Program. Throughout the day, activity tables with a "creepy crawly" theme will be hosted by Collage Children's Museum, Wild Bear Nature School, the Denver Museum of Natural History, and the Science Discovery program of the University of Colorado. The NCAR Chromakey exhibit will allow visitors to perform in their own live (and very local) weathercast on NCARWX-TV.

NCAR's science wizards will showcase "Frighteningly Good Science," including Halloween chemistry, glowing pickles, and clouds and apparitions, at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.. Workshops for kindergarten through eighth-grade students will offer ideas and methods for creating meaningful science-fair projects at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Professional photographer Carlye Calvin will present a slide show, "Photographing for Science," at 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Younger children will discover plenty to see and do, including finding out about the science of sound at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and snacks will be on sale in the cafeteria, and NCAR's exhibits and art galleries will be open to the public as usual. For more information, contact NCAR Outreach at 303-497-8612. The full schedule of Super Science Saturday events is on the Web.

Funded by Friends of UCAR and a grant from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Super Science Saturday is a day of activities designed to promote public science literacy and enrich the science experiences of area students and teachers. NCAR's primary sponsor is the National Science Foundation. NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of more than 60 universities offering Ph.D.s in atmospheric and related sciences.

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A fuzzy bug captures attention during last year's Super Science Saturday at NCAR's Mesa Lab.

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