Community Outreach Activities

Science Saturday

Science Saturday is a fun-filled morning program exploring different aspects of mathematics, science, and engineering. The event is free and open to the public for students and their parents. While Science Saturday activities are geared towards middle school students, children of all ages will find something new and exciting to explore. For a look at past events click on the links below or visit us on FaceBook.

Science Saturday for academic year 2020-2021 events has begun in Fall 2020. For details, click here. Please email us at to be added to our email distribution list. This way you will be notified of all Science Saturdays and similar educational events.

Past Events

2019-2020 Science Saturday Schedule:

Adventures on Earth & into Space (February 8, 2020) photos

Adventures in Mathematics and Computer Science (January 25, 2020) photos

Marvelous Metals (October 12, 2019) photos

The Circles of Life (September 28, 2019) photos

Science Saturday is Out in the Field with BioBlitz (April 13, 2019)

Adventures in Mathematics & Computer Science (January 26, 2019) photos

Chemistry is Out of This World (October 27, 2018) photos

Mathematics & Computer Science 2018 photos

Fabulous Creatures and Where to Find Them (February 13, 2018) photos

Planetarium and Observatory Shows

Planetarium shows begin at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 pm on Thursday evenings, and seating is limited to 47 visitors per show.  Admission is on a first come, first served basis; reservations for all shows presented on a given night will be taken beginning at 6:00 pm that evening in front of the planetarium.  Advance reservations are not available.  Shows are suitable for ages 5 and up.  The planetarium is located in Nevins Hall on the third floor (NH3004).  If weather permits, the rooftop Observatory will be open for public viewing after each show. 

For more information visit the Planetarium Website or contact the department of Physics, Astronomy, Geosciences and Engineering Studies/Technology.

2020 - 2021 Schedule: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all planetarium shows are cancelled. The shows are anticipated to resume in Fall 2021.

2019 - 2020 Schedule:

October 3: Dawn of the Space Age

November 7: Lights all Askew in the Heavens!

December 5: Season of Light

February 20: Rock-A-Bye Bennu

April 2: The Great Debate of 1920


A BioBlitz is a gathering of scientists and public participants who work together to identify as many species as possible over a 24 hour period.

For more information visit the BioBlitz Website

For a look at past events visit VState CoSM FaceBook or VState BioBlitz Facebook