The inaugural Science Day was hosted by the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences on Friday, 24 October 2014. More than 500 high school juniors and seniors from across the state came to learn about the College of Sciences and get a taste of campus life. This event provides an opportunity for high school students, teachers and counselors to learn about the excitement that one can have in the field of science. The students were divided into groups of 50 and were ushered around to be shown presentations and hands-on experiments. They also were able to ask questions about the university in general and the programs of the college in particular. In addition to the department tours, there were booths outside of Oliver Hall set up by entities like the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and software development company CGI, as well as UL-Lafayette student housing and career services. Students were able to talk to future employers and ask questions about their fields. The 2014 SMART Festival (Science Meets Art) was hosted on the same Friday and the following Saturday. A few photos from the 2014 Science Day are provided below.
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Physics Professor Andy Hollerman and others look at the solar eclipse
An environmental sciences display for Science Day 2014
Some mineral samples ready for examination by participants in Science Day 2014
Computer science student Jacob Lecoq assists a high school student learning the basics of a computer language during Science Day 2014 (Advocate staff photo by Bryan Tuck)
Computer science Master Instructor Frank Ducrest talks to a group of high school students about simple robotics during Science Day 2014 (Advocate staff photo by Bryan Tuck)