Thursday, February 12, 2009

Free Hogwarts at Holy Cross on Feb. 21

Just got this cool press release from Holy Cross. Harry Potter lovers, check this out:

Science Ambassadors to Host 11th Annual ‘Hogwarts at Holy Cross’

WORCESTER, Mass. — The College of the Holy Cross presents the 11th annual “Hogwarts at Holy Cross” titled “Our World and Beyond” on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. Designed for the children of Worcester, the event will feature hands-on science experiments and a unique and interactive presentation by Holy Cross faculty and students. “Hogwarts at Holy Cross” is free and open to the public.

“Hogwarts is an incredible opportunity for local students to learn about science and for Holy Cross faculty and students to share their excitement for the subject,” explains Elizabeth Morse ’09, co-chair of the Science Ambassadors. “Hogwarts bridges the gaps between many disciplines, from biology to psychology, chemistry to archaeology, so that children can see how important (and fun!) it is when the scientific community works together.”

The event is modeled after the “potions” classes offered at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter series. This annual event is open to the entire Worcester community and includes innovative hands-on science activities for children in pre-K through grade 8, including extracting DNA from strawberries.

This year, Hogwarts will also feature a creative and interdisciplinary presentation from faculty and students from Holy Cross. “The show will progress from demonstrations about the small units of our world—atoms and molecule —all the way up to the fundamental principles of motion, including the physical phenomena that keep our world in orbit,” says Morse.

For the last eight years, the Science Ambassadors, a group of over 60 Holy Cross students, have been working with local children to develop an interest in the sciences. They put on science shows for children of all ages throughout the year, both at community schools and at Holy Cross. Hogwarts is the largest and most popular of the events.


The College of the Holy Cross (, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 2,800 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Since its founding in 1843, Holy Cross has made a positive impact in society by graduating students who distinguish themselves as thoughtful leaders in business, professional and civic life.

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