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CALS Day for Kids Tuesday

Over 400 fourth graders will explore the wonders of agricultural and life sciences on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 during CALS Day for Kids. The event is organized by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Student Council and will take place at the UW Stock Pavilion on Linden Drive.

CALS Day for Kids provides hands-on activities, face-to-face interaction with animals and colorful displays aimed at teaching children the importance of Wisconsin”s agriculture.

“Active exploration during CALS Day for Kids helps children see how agriculture plays a role in their lives, and provides a fresh prospective to understanding their world, says Brent Thiel, the event coordinator. He adds, “The variety of exhibits means there”s something new for everyone. It”s really exciting to witness the enthusiasm of these 4th graders for learning.”

Organizations from across the CALS campus have developed 25 stations for the students to visit. At each station, the students will be able to interact with agricultural and life science based concepts. Students will have the opportunity to see and learn about everything from lambs to DNA.

Tanya Zimmerman, the CALS student council president, says, “CALS Day for Kids is rewarding for the college students as well. They”re very passionate about their disciplines, so for them, the day is not just about creating a display or executing a demo. It”s their chance to spark excitement about agricultural and life sciences with both our youth and the greater campus community.”

This year, the CALS Student Council invites the campus and surrounding community to attend CALS Day for Kids during an afternoon open house from 3pm to 5pm. The event is free and open to the public.

CALS is the UW System”s primary provider of research in agriculture, natural resources, food and nutrition and fundamental biological sciences.