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Science, Nursing & Math AQDay

Science, Nursing & Math AQDay - Friday, November 14, 2014


If you are a high school student interested in pursuing a career in science (biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, geography, environmental studies), nursing or math - this day is for you!

High school students are invited to the AQ campus for a fun-filled day of discovery in the fields of math and science. Explore our natural arboretum (our campus is 107 acres of trees, creeks and ponds), hear from current students, have lunch with potential classmates and meet and chat with faculty from your specific area of interest. To expand your analytical mind, we also have some great sessions prepared for you. All sessions will be led by Aquinas faculty and current students. Space is limited in most sessions. >>Read a description of the sessions

Lastly, you will be given a unique (and optional) opportunity to visit one of the leading cancer research institutes in the country -

the Van Andel Research Institute in downtown Grand Rapids. See below for description. Space for this tour is limited.


“The professors were so engaging and dynamic, and the students were very welcoming and informative. I felt I learned something from every event of the day.”


“Sessions were helpful and interesting with people helping us understand what was going on. They welcomed questions, kept me thinking and taught different things.”

Photo Gallery: See pictures from past Science, Nursing & Math AQDays
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Did you know...
  • Downtown Grand Rapids is home to the “Medical Mile.”
  • The author of Alice in Wonderland was a mathematician.
  • Over 25 percent of this years incoming freshman class at Aquinas indicated an interest in Pre-Med, Nursing, Health, Pre-Engineering, Science or Math.
  • 2012 marks our 9th annual Science, Nursing and Math AQDay - over 200 students attended our event last year.
  • In Grand Rapids, a life-science building boom has added $1 billion in research facilities, hospital expansions and medical centers.
  • For the record, life sciences generally refers to all sciences dealing with organisms such as plants, animals and humans. This label could refer to anyone who works for hospitals, drug companies or research centers. In Kent County, that number is 30,000, making life sciences the biggest job sector in the county.

Schedule of Events (Tentative):
Time Scheduled Event
9:30 to 10 a.m. Registration (Wege Ballroom) (Get Map and Directions)
10 to 10:10 a.m. Welcome and Overview
10:10 to 10:40 a.m.

Faculty Presentations of Science, Nursing and Math Programs

10:40 to 11: 45 a.m. Campus Tour
11:45 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Complimentary Lunch
12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Breakout Session I: (choose one) *
Home Grown DNA
Shark Tales
48879...It's What's for Dinner
Psychedelic Knots

Weather or Not

Who Wants to be a Nurse? (no limit, parents invited)
What's in a Brain?

Cartesian Divers

1:30 to 2:20 p.m.

Breakout Session II: (choose one) *
Home Grown DNA
Shark Tales
48879...It's What's for Dinner
Psychedelic Knots

Weather or Not
Who Wants to be a Nurse? (no limit, parents invited)
What's in a Brain?

Cartesian Divers


*Parents: Because session space is limited and we are expecting a large turnout, you will un able to attend each breakout session with your student. Breakout sessions will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

A parent session will be offered from 12:30 - 1:20 and 1:30-2:20 in the Wege Loutit room to go over general information, admission and scholarships. Members of our admissions staff would be happy to answer any questions that you may have during that session and will also be available in the Moose Café, our on-campus coffee shop, throughout the afternoon's events. You are also welcome to visit our bookstore in lower Wege Center or the Grace Hauenstein Library.

2:25 p.m.

Closing - All student attendees will receive a free Aquinas T-shirt.

2:30 p.m.

Optional Tour of the Van Andel Research Institute (See below for description.)


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Science, Nursing and Math AQDay Sessions: (Space may be limited in some sessions)
Home-grown DNA: Do you think that molecular biology is not within the reach of the average person? It is! During this session we will isolate DNA, the genetic material of cells and the essential molecule in molecular biology, from wheat germ and berries using only items you can buy at the grocery store. Watch DNA appear right before your eyes! This is so much fun, you'll want to try it at home.
Shark Tales: A comparative anatomy demonstration from current Aquinas biology majors who will point out anatomical similarities and differences between fish, mammals and birds using dissected specimens of a spiny dogfish (a small shark), domestic cat and pigeon. Dissections will be projected onto a big screen for easy viewing. There will be time for prospective students to ask questions, either about anatomy or about the current students' experiences at Aquinas.
Psychedelic Knots : Start with a mathematical string of x's and y's. Tie them all together and end up with a swirling pattern full of mathematical structure.
Who Wants to be a Nurse? : The perfect session for anyone considering a career in nursing!  Hear a panel of current nursing students discuss just what is involved in becoming a nurse.  Learn about clinical hours, class difficulty, how to balance a social life with a demanding schedule, and much more.  Plenty of time has been reserved for questions and answers.  Come satisfy your curiosity, ease your concerns, and learn just how nurses can "make all the difference in the world."
48879...It's What's for Dinner: Explore the world of numbers in a way that you probably haven’t before.  Learn about number bases like binary, decimal, and hextal.  Once you’re done with this session, you should be able to crack the title’s code!
Weather or Not: Michigan weather is so unpredictable! In this session we'll head outside, bringing along weather meters and other scientific equipment, to collect data and formulate our own maps of current conditions on the Aquinas campus.

What's in a Brain? : Brains aren't just for thinking!  Find your way around the various regions of the brain and learn about their different functions.   Students will also have the opportunity to witness the dissection of a sheep brain.  When you're done with this session, you'll see that understanding the basic functions of a brain doesn't have to be...well, brain surgery! 

Cartesian Divers : This classic science demonstration hails its name from René Descartes who gave us our Cartesian coordinate system.  Although simply constructed from everyday materials, this project simultaneously demonstrates applications of buoyancy and Boyle’s law.  Come build your own Cartesian diver and almost magically make it descend and climb the y-axis.
Van Andel Research Institute Tour
An optional tour of the Van Andel Research Institute (a world-class medical research facility that has gained worldwide recognition for research into the genetic and molecular origins of cancer and other diseases) in downtown Grand Rapids will be available to a small number of attendees (approximately 40) after completion of the days events. This will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. If we are not able to accommodate you on this tour, you will be notified before the event.
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