Science Horizons encourages students' interest in science and technology by exposing them to a variety of scientific disciplines. It may also help guide their choices of future study and perhaps pique their interest in pursuing a science-related career. The program enables students with similar interests to interact with each other and with specialists in various scientific fields. And it fosters the qualities that help make a good scientist or researcher, namely critical thinking, problem-solving skills and the ability to work in groups toward common goals.
A sample day at Science Horizons:
Every day is different and includes a choice of activities; below is a sample day!
8:30 a.m. Science Horizons staff greet you outside the Life Sciences Center on the SU campus. Check in at the home base lab and try today's science experiment.
9:00 a.m. Participate in the Science Horizons version of "Survivor" on the SU Quad as you and your teammates attempt to cross a "crocodile-infested swamp" using a single plank of wood.
10:00 a.m. Head across campus to the physics building for "hair-raising" hands-on experimentation with the van de Graaff generator, or to the Center of Excellence to test green building innovations.
Noon: Lunch break on the lawn outside the Life Sciences Center, then toss around a Frisbee with fellow Science Horizons participants.
1:00 p.m. Field trip! Head to SUNY ESF to construct a windmill and learn about renewable and alternative energy sources or experience a human anatomy lesson at Upstate Medical University.
4:00 p.m. Back to home base to work on the Science Horizons blog.
5:00 p.m. Share the day's activities with your parent/guardian as you head home for the day.