Baylor Super Saturdays On Nov. 18, Dec. 2 To Include Christmas And Technology, Rock Climbing, DNA Fingerprinting

Nov. 15, 2000

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University's Center for Community Learning and Enrichment will continue its Super Saturday educational programs on Saturday, Nov. 18, and again on Saturday, Dec. 2, with several classes designed to stimulate thinking and make learning fun for students in first through ninth grades.

November classes focus on magnets, radial symmetry and designs, rock climbing and DNA fingerprinting. Classes in December will concentrate on puppeteering, Christmas celebrations worldwide, Christmas and technology and rock climbing.

All classes are $30, which includes all lab, materials and facilities fees. For registration information, call the Center for Community Learning and Enrichment at (254) 710-2171. Registration deadlines are one week before each session begins.

"Magnetic Attraction" will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 in room 109 of the Draper Academic Building on the Baylor campus. Designed for first through third graders, instructor Majka Mitchell will show students the power of magnets through games and hands-on activities.

Fourth and fifth graders can take part in "Dreams, Designs and Dimensions II: A Balancing Act," a class that allows students to use their knowledge of radial symmetry to create radical radiating designs. Led by Dr. Mary Nied Phillips, students will learn how ratios, including the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ration, are used in natural objects and in designs. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 in room 108 of the Draper Academic Building.

Geologist and expert rock climber Chris Sembritzky will lead the way as sixth and seventh graders learn the ropes of rock climbing. The class, limited to 10 students, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 at the climbing rock in Baylor's McLane Student Life Center.

"Exploring DNA Fingerprinting" will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the CORD Roney Teaching Center, 324 Kelly Drive. Eighth and ninth graders will learn techniques of gel electrophoresis and how they apply in areas such as forensics, criminology and agriculture. Bonnie Rinard, specialist in biology and environmental studies for CORD, will serve as instructor.

December begins with the popular session "This Thing Talks When My Mouth Moves" for first through third graders from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 2, in room 100 of the Draper Academic Building on the Baylor campus. Rick Strot, puppeteer and Baylor lecturer in education, will show students how to use puppets to create zany, entertaining shows.

Fourth and fifth graders will make decorations and research the many holiday customs around the world in "Christmas Near and Far" from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 2 in room 108 of the Draper Academic Building. Becky Clarkson, an educator and artist, will serve as the instructor.

Training specialist Sara Mynarcik will help sixth and seventh graders get ready for Christmas with a twist of technology in "Express Your Christmas Spirit" from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the room 200 computer lab in the Draper Academic Building. Students will create their own PowerPoint presentations with a Christmas theme, as well as visit Christmas web sites, import pictures and clip art, animate text and add holiday music.

Geologist and expert rock climber Chris Sembritzky will repeat his rock climbing class for eighth and ninth graders from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 2 at the climbing rock in Baylor's McLane Student Life Center. The class is limited to 10 students.

All classes are $30, which includes all lab, materials and facilities fees. For registration information, call the Center for Community Learning and Enrichment at (254) 710-2171. Registration deadlines are one week before each session begins.

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