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Ohio University to host Unplugged 'Energy Day'

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 30, 2005) -- Ohio University Unplugged "Energy Day" will take place on Oct. 5-6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Howard Park across from Ohio University's Baker University Center. The event is part of Athens Area Sustainability Week.

photo by Colby WareMore than 1,000 Athens students, in grades 3 through 6, will participate in a variety of activities to learn how the decisions they make about resources inside their home affect the natural environment outside.

Some of the activities offered will be an energy bike, alternative car show, recycle relay and representatives from Blue Rock Station discussing how they live in a house of mud and garbage.

Along with one station tied directly to the standards for their grade level, students will learn about static electricity from a Van DeGraff Generator, which can power light bulbs, make tin plates sail through the air and make pieces of plastic foam jump off student's hands.

Alternative stations will be offered for the remaining time with students visiting a total of four stations and each class staying two hours. Grades 5-6 will participate on Wednesday and grades 3-4 will participate on Thursday.

Stations are being provided by The Mad Science Group®, the Ohio University Biodiesel Team, Dovetail Solar and local community members.

For more information, contact Andy Sinozich at (740) 593-0026.

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