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Published on Nov 3, 2010
Jack Kilby Science Day is free for high school students from throughout central Kansas. This activity also is open to high school science, technical and vocational teachers, counselors and administrators. Attendance is arranged through pre-registration by the high schools or home schools in the area. The college has close to 600 high school students, teachers and staff pre-registered for the day.
In addition, this year for the first time, local fifth and sixth graders and local seventh and eighth graders will come to the campus to attend sessions at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, to witness Mahoney's keynote presentation. Simmons said more than 500 students are expected for each of those afternoon shows.
Mahoney will present his keynote program for high school students 9 a.m. "He captivates his audience from the very beginning," said Simmons, who attended one of his shows at the Oklahoma Science Museum. "He is able to teach science while entertaining. He gets the students interested in science and that starts the day with a bang." His experiments with fire and explosives, and some well-placed science jokes are bound to get the students' attention. In addition to Mahoney's presentation, participants in Jack Kilby Science Day have opportunities to explore science and technology in numerous sessions that will kindle and reinforce in students an enthusiasm for science and related careers. The event is sponsored by the college and funded in part by Farmers Bank and Trust NA and Kiwanis Club of Great Bend.