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Super Science Saturday to kick off at JCC


Jefferson Community College will transform several buildings on campus into a living science and math interactive exhibit for the seventh annual Super Science Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 8

“My best advice for everyone is to get here early,” said Mark D. Irwin, JCC zoology instructor. “There are so many exhibits, and people will want to make plenty of time to participate in as many as they want.”

The event is designed for students in grades five through eight, though the whole family is encouraged to attend.

Mr. Irwin said Super Science Saturday is a celebration of math and science and an exploration of science careers with interactive exhibits including a giant 20-foot-long walk-through colon exhibit.

“It’s the biggest colon you’ll ever walk through. It’s become infamous with the event,” Mr. Irwin said.

There will be exhibits run by 15 college staffers and 17 community exhibits, with groups such as the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park and Samaritan Medical Center setting up at the college. Mr. Irwin said a wide variety of science and math fields will be represented, and people can come, ask questions and possibly discover a new interest.

“This is a really great event for people to bring their kids to and really help them find their passions and explore,” Mr. Irwin said.

He said that at the event, students will have an opportunity to see how much fun science can be by participating in hands-on demonstrations. Faculty members, community organizations and college students have volunteered to get the visiting students excited about math and science. There will be demonstrations in zookeeping, chemistry, biology, geology, math, engineering and health-related careers.

Featured exhibits include a chemistry magic show presented by James Peploski of Clarkson University, Potsdam, and a laser and rainbow show presented by Thomas C. Altman. Several community organizations will be on hand to share career information and provide interactive activities.

“There will be animal exhibits, robots, medicine, and so much more. We want to promote proper science work through interactive exhibits,” Mr. Irwin said.

The event will take place in the Jules Center, McVean Student Center and Guthrie Science Building. Mr. Irwin said there will be signs around campus to direct visitors to the right place. Concessions, parking, a campus map and programs will be available.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or call the Science Division at JCC, 786-2320.

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