UWS Hosting Free Science Fest

Created: April 10, 2018 07:44 AM

Students at UWS are joining other local college students and science organizations to teach community members all about science this weekend.

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Two UWS students, Jessica Buelow and Samantha Wells, stopped by GMN Tuesday to preview the free event, as well as show us a quick experiment on sound frequency.

"It's basically just a giant science fair," Buelow says. "We all know science fairs from high school or middle school. That's what we have going on, except at a college level."

There will be over 60 displays at Barstow and Swenson Hall's on UW-Superior's campus on Saturday, April 14. Many of these exhibits will be interactive, so people can learn from a hands-on perspective.

Organizers are mainly aiming to teach elementary level students. However, people of all age can still benefit from this event.

"My mom likes it just as much as my nephew does," Buelow says.

As a taste of what will be at the event, Buelow and Wells set up an experiment in-studio. This specific display was showing how sound works.

"The sounds that we hear are actually just made of waves of energy moving through the air like the waves on an ocean," Buelow explains. "The bigger the wiggle, the louder the sound. We call that amplitude."

"At certain wiggle speeds, or frequencies as we like to call it in the science department, we should be able to see the waves that are forming," Wells says.

The two students hooked up a frequency generator to a speaker, and connected the speaker to a string that visually produced the waves the sound created. The frequencies that were used are too low for humans to hear.

The science fest runs from 2 - 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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