The Natural Science Club is one of the most active student organizations on the DeSales University campus. It was recognized by the Office of Student Life as the "Club of the Year" in its first year, and hasn't looked back since!
During the fall semester, the Natural Science Department of DeSales University made presentations of some awe-inspiring demonstrations in the science of chemistry to more than 400 students from local high schools. Students from Freedom, Whitehall, Daniel Boone, Governor Mifflin High Schools and from Northeast Middle School were among those who attended these presentations. During the one-hour presentation, DeSales University undergraduate science students let our visitors in on some of the "secrets" to science that makes it a rewarding and challenging career, as well as often being exciting and entertaining as well. Following the scientific method, the theory behind each demonstration was explained and the materials to be used were displayed. And then the young scientists unleashed their magic !!
Students explained why a candy Gummy Worm is so easy to burn, and how one can create flames of different colors. As they say in show business, a "Good time was had by all!" especially when the visiting students were treated to ice cream made right in front of them with liquid nitrogen. And all were startled when gas-filled balloons were ignited.
The presentations are becoming one of the most popular events of the academic year for the Department of Natural Science, and students are working hard with their chemistry advisors to plan new and even more exciting demonstrations for future semesters.
Environment Day is the largest activity planned and carried out by the DeSales University Natural Science Club. Over 400 elementary school students attended the event over a two-day period during the spring semester. DeSales students from science and other departments presented the visitors with interesting and engaging ten-minute presentations which rotated from station to station.
The presentations ranged from live animals to the plight of the rainforest, to water conservation, power sources, and the problem of extinction of endangered species. Food was provided for the visitors, and each child returned home with a plant as a reminder of their activity here.
For college students to see these eager youngsters running (sprinting, really !!) from station to station in immense anticipation is a rewarding experience and gives them a broader sense of the value of what they are learning in their class work.
The Halloween Coffee House was one of the campus-wide activities sponsored by the Natural Science Club. SNU (Science Nerds United !!) held the event at the McShea center. Along with the costume contest and live music (to which our own Dr. Fran Mayville was a major contributor) the club sponsored a free pumpkin-carving contest. Dr. Greg Amore of the DeSales counseling staff allowed the club to pick pumpkins on the family farm to their hearts' content. Carving the pumpkins made the entire night a blast. Many Thanks to the students who braved the muddy fields and to Dr. Amore whose generosity made the fun possible