Archive for September, 2011

Skidaway Institute presents science fair program for students and parents

September 27, 2011

There is help in sight for students and parents who are daunted by the prospect of an upcoming science fair project.

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will offer a special program to offer science fair advice and guidance to students and parents. The program, “The Seven Deadly Sins of Science Fair,” will be presented on Saturday, October 15, at 12:30 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. in the McGowan Library Auditorium on the Skidaway campus. The program will be a part of Skidaway Marine Science Day – a campus-wide open house event with activities geared for all ages from young children to adults. These will include programs, tours, displays and hands-on activities, primarily related to marine science.

“Science fair projects can daunting for many students and their parents, especially those without a science background,” said Bill Savidge, a Skidaway Institute professor who is organizing the program. “We hope we can take some of the mystery out of the process and show the students and parents how to make the science fair a rewarding experience.”

The half-hour program will outline many of the common errors students make when planning and executing their projects, and how to avoid them.

Skidaway Marine Science Day will run from noon to 4 p.m. Admission to all activities, including the science fair program, is free.

For additional information, visit the Skidaway Institute Web site at www.skio.usg.edu or call (912) 598-2325.

Skidaway Marine Science Day — Saturday, October 15

September 8, 2011

The natural environment of the Georgia coast will be the focus of Skidaway Marine Science Day 2011, to be held Saturday, October 15, from noon to 4 p.m. on the campus of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography at the north end of Skidaway Island.

The Skidaway Marine Science Day is a campus-wide open house with activities geared for all ages from young children to adults. These will include programs, tours, displays and hands-on activities, primarily related to marine science and the coastal environment. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Scientist Charles Robertson explains instrumentation on board the Research Vessel Savannah.

The event will be presented by the campus’s marine research and education organizations, including the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the University of Georgia (UGA) Marine Education Center and Aquarium, the UGA Shellfish Research Laboratory and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will offer a variety of activities for adults and children, including tours of the Research Vessel Savannah and smaller research vessels; science displays and talks on current research programs; and hands-on science activities.

The UGA Marine Extension Service Aquarium will be open to visitors with no admission fee. In addition, the aquarium education staff will offer visitors a full afternoon of activities including science talks, a reptile show, boat tours, touch tanks and behind-the-scene tours of the aquarium.

The UGA Shellfish Laboratory will provide visitors with displays and information on marine life on the Georgia Coast. Children will be given the opportunity to help protect the marine environment by bagging oyster shells used for oyster reef restoration projects.

The staff of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary will set up their remotely-operated-vehicle (ROV) in a swimming pool, and teach visitors how to “drive” it and pick up objects from the bottom.

Skidaway Institute professor Bill Savidge will present a special program aimed at parents and students involved in science fair projects. The program, “How to prepare a successful science fair project,” will be presented twice, at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the McGowan Library Auditorium.

For the second year in a row, Skidaway Marine Science Day will also be open to non-campus scientific and environmental groups. Organizations such as Clean Coast and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will be on-hand to present, information, displays and activities.

A young visitors examines microscopic marine life.

School classes or other large groups wishing to attend Skidaway Marine Science Day can be accommodated only through advance arrangements. For additional information, call (912) 598-2325.

All activities at Skidaway Marine Science Day will be free. For additional information, call (912) 598-2325, or visit www.skio.usg.edu.