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Maggie Walker Students Host Science Day for Middle Schoolers

For the last eight years, high school students at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School have hosted local sixth and seventh graders from Richmond and surrounding counties to learn about science through hands-on activities and exploration of laboratory techniques. This year, the Governor's School Science Day will occur on Saturday, April 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Organized by the Science National Honor Society (SNHS), all of the workshops and activities are planned and executed by top juniors and seniors in the club. “The lessons are all hands-on lab activities such as extracting DNA from strawberries or learning the chemistry behind making ice-cream (which they then eat),” said Martha Hicks, club sponsor.

Sixth and seventh grade students will take part in workshops covering topics such as robotics, pyrotechnics, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) techniques, and the physics of dropping an egg. In addition to four workshops with hands-on portions or exciting demonstrations, students also get to observe a special presentation involving the Science Museum of Virginia and dry ice.

“The day is fun for our SNHS members as well. They enjoy being the teachers and interacting with the middle school students,” said Hicks. “Part of their charter is to encourage a love of science and this day certainly accomplishes that.”

Click here for Registration forms for Science Day. The cost per student is $5 and the registration deadline is April 21st. Spaces are limited and availability is on a first come basis. Parents may register their individual child and Schools may send in registrations for individuals or a class.

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Science Day 2014:

For questions or more information contact: Martha Hicks at (804) 354.6800, ext. 3064 or email

Article by: Margaret Carmel, an intern at Science Matters. Margaret is a Virginia Commonwealth University student studying Broadcast Journalism, Middle Eastern Studies, International Social Justice, and Global Education.