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By Kathleen Woods

Super Science Saturday was a blast for many families, even Ms. Frizzle from The Magic Schoolbus wouldn’t have been able to resist. Families from all around came to experience the fun events Western had to offer. Around each corner was something new to peak anyone’s interest.

The nineteenth annual Super Science Saturday event took place on Jan. 26 at Missouri Western. This event benefitted St. Joseph’s museums and all three levels of Agenstein and Remington halls were scattered with people walking their next attraction. Guests attended from 10-3 p.m. in the Agenstein/Remington Hall buildings.

This event was put on not only to raise money but with the hopes to make children more curious about science and math. Attendee Andrea Cole said science is important and should be taken seriously.

“Curiosity is the foundation of science and it’s important for understanding the process of our world. Science is in everything,” Cole said. “It seems to be more vulnerable to attacks and not taken seriously in society as it once was.”

On the first level, families could find the animal show, walk through a maze using their best math skills, watch as a professor showed their skills with ice experiments, step in front of a camera with KQ2 and perform a weather forecast or look up into the sky and watch as a total eclipse takes over the moon at the Bushman Planetarium.

St. Joseph native Rachel McCoy watched the planetarium show with her family. It was her children’s first time.

“We lucked out and popped into the planetarium and the kids were amazed because they had not been to a show here. They thought it was like an IMAX,” McCoy said.

On the second floor, attendees had a chance to dig up the remains of fossils long left behind. There was also a room where reptiles ran rampant and slithered on volunteer’s arms. Attendees also learned how to feed tree’s treats with the Sustainable Advisory Committee.

On the third floor, there was even more to explore. Attendees could create tornadoes in a bottle and make golf balls float in mid-air with KNPN. They also had the chance to shrink plastic to make a cute keychain to take home. Visitors also got to sit in awe as Western chemistry professorr Dr. Michael Ducey lit up the room with a fire show put on by the chemistry department at Missouri Western.

Ducey talked about his fire show and what audiences were to expect.

“They have a lot of excitement about the experiments themselves. There’s fire involved in them, there’s explosions, and the kids love them,” Ducey said.

Many families took their children to Super Science Saturday with the hope of their future careers. McCoy said science and math are important for her children.

“It’s going to be the future of how they work, the careers they’ll have,” McCoy said. “I hope it gets kids out of their video game world and more interested in science and what Missouri Western has to offer for their future careers as college students.”