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Science on Saturdays is back on campus for February.

For the second consecutive year, the Lawrence Livermore National Lab is hosting a series of presentations at Las Positas for middle school and high school students. The hour-long workshops — aimed at getting students interested in the root of experimental science — will take place the next three Saturdays at the Mertes Center for the Arts.

This is also a good promotion for the school, which always seeks to build awareness in younger age brackets. This month, LPC plays host to dozens of potential future students. After each event, the school offers all attendees optional tours of the college.

Early registration ends on the Tuesday before the event. Doors open at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

The Lawrence Livermore National Lab is tackling the opportunity to expose younger students to the thrills of science. The draws of this year’s programming are the new “Magic Materials” being used for experimentation in the Lab’s research.

On Feb. 3, Michell Marufu and Johanna Schwartz from the Lab were joined by Stan Hitomi of Alamo Elementary School for the first event. They delved into 3D printing.

The Feb. 10 presentation — led by the Lab’s Steven Hoang-Phou, Mariam Mohagheghi, Brandon Wells and Congwang Ye — will cover emulsion, application and microencapsulation. On Feb. 17, the focus switches to cleaner air and water using nanomaterials. This workshop will be led by the Lab’s Sei jin Park and Erin McKay from Tracy High School. 

The final event, Feb. 24, centers on limits, lasers and loads. Widianto Moestope, Patrick Poole and Brandon Zimmerman from the lab will lead the discussion along with Thomas Shefler of Granada High School.

The presentations and parking are free.

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