2016 Science Exploration Day


Saturday, April 23, 2016

The 2016 Science Exploration Day at Radford University, hosted by the College of Science and Technology, is open to all students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Participation is free but registration is required and can be done online. NOTE: Participants must bring their packed lunch for this event, as well as paper and writing utensil.

Please read the following information carefully before completing registration.



Join Radford University professors and students for a day of science exploration in Radford University's laboratories and classrooms.


  • Check in: 8:45 – 9:30 a.m. (Center for the Sciences)     
  • Welcome: 9:30 a.m.
  • Morning class sessions: 9:45 a.m. – noon
  • Lunch (students bring packed lunch): Noon – 12:40 p.m.
  • Afternoon class sessions: 12:40 p.m. – 2: 40 p.m.
  • Closing session: 2:45 – 3 p.m. 

During the registration process, participants will select their first choice from the morning and afternoon class.  The morning and afternoon classes are two hours each.

Morning Classes

During registration you will select your first choice.  TBA


Previous classes

Forensic Anthropology – In this class, students will learn how to gather information from a human skeleton about the deceased person’s age at death, sex estimation, how tall the person was, and the person’s overall health. Students will also learn about how to recognize if the person was killed by an injury or trauma to the body.

Robotics - Utilizing the Lego Mindstorms platform, learn to build and program a working robot. 

Cryptology - Making and Breaking Secret codes - Do you and your friends have secret signs or hand signals that convery messages among you? Learn how to use numbers, symbols and patterns to make your own secret codes.

Exploring the frontiers of Bug Biology - Have you ever wondered why bees have queens or what makes caterpillars turn into butterflies? We will discuss the evolution and regulation of insect growth. Participants will get a chance to hold giant cockroaches and moths as a part of the discussion and experimentation.

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Afternoon Classes  TBA

During registration you will select your first choice. 


Previous classes

Programming Animations with Snap! – Did you ever wonder how computer programmers create those computer animations in your favorite games? Find out in this class in which you will create your own animations. Starting with just a few building-block commands, learn how to combine them into programs that trace the path of spiraling computer-turtles, or steer a spaceship around the screen.

Geology – Uncovering Earth’s Hidden Treasures - Learn more about the wonders of geology and discover the stories we learn from the heart of the earth.

Fun with Physics - Learn more about electromagnetism with experiments in Cathode Ray Tubes and electric current.