GAMBIER — This February, middle schoolers (grades 6–8) will have the chance to have an extraordinary, sensory, hands-on science experience on the Kenyon College campus through two new programs: BLAST (for boys) and ATHENAS (for girls). These two programs provide students with the opportunity to associate fun with science, be introduced to a community of scientists from all levels (including college and post-graduate), and gain exposure to fields of science and experiments not often taught at the middle or high school level.

BLAST (where Boys Learn About Science Together) was born out of the previous Learning and Doing Science (LADS) program and has been updated and enhanced with new activities and experiments. The first session is Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Kenyon College’s Science Quad, 201 N. College Road. In this first session, called “Spinning, Sliding and Smashing,” participants will explore aspects of what makes roller coasters exciting and keeps bicycles upright. Registration and additional information is available at

ATHENAS (which Aims To Heighten her Experience Near and Around Science) is a spinoff of the successful and incredibly fun Girls’ Science Saturday program. The first ATHENAS session is Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Kenyon’s Science Quad. In this first session, called “Water, Wind and Fire,” participants will explore the commonalities between water and air, why planes fly and cars don’t, and why hot air balloons rise. Registration and additional information is available at

Both programs are free for students and include lunch and snacks. Registration is first-come, first-served. For information about either program, contact Kenyon’s Office for Community Partnerships at or 740-427-5419.



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