The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio partnered with Texas Public Radio to host THINK SCIENCE & Discovery Day on Saturday, August 10 at The Tobin Center for Performing Arts. The free, family-oriented event was held in the Feik Family Rotunda from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30p.m. prior to Science Friday Live at 7 p.m. with Ira Flatow.
The event gave the community the opportunity to experience science via two dozen interactive booths. The booths ranged from DNA candy models to the dangerous effects of smoking on lungs. Other notable examples included how to build a powerful microscope using a cell phone and a tiny lens, and how a breathalyzer works to detect the amount of alcohol a person has consumed.
A group of graduate student volunteers were tasked with helping work the Graduate School’s booths. When asked about the event, student volunteer Miryam Pando stated “The THINK SCIENCE & Discovery Day brought the community together for the joy of learning and science! One of the best parts of the event was listening to questions from the children and addressing them in the hopes of further fueling their curiosity for science.” These sentiments were echoed by all of the volunteers and the many attendees as well.
Marcus Webster, event organizer was absolutely thrilled with the result of the event, and the positive impact that it had on the San Antonio community. “The attendees, both children and parents, seemed to truly enjoy the numerous interactive booths.”
Dr. Timothy Raabe, who attended the event as an observer, “was not only impressed by the sheer number of attendees, but also by the diverse representation of the community…“Multiple generations of all cultures were brought together by the uniting fascination in science.”
THINK SCIENCE & Discovery Day attracted more than 500 people and was a tremendous success for our scientifically enthused community.
Marcus Webster noted that “Saturday’s smiles can generate vivid memories of how science can be fun and entertaining, while simultaneously impacting us greatly.”
This article was written by Marcus Webster, event organizer and Academic Programs Coordinator – Lead, Biomedical Engineering program at UT Health San Antonio.