Yale Science on Saturdays: Bringing the excitement of science to kids of all ages

Science on Saturdays, an award-winning lecture series that conveys the excitement of research and the passion of scientists to school-age children in New Haven and beyond, will continue on April 5.

The event introduces middle-school-age children to scientists and explores who they are, and how and why they study what they do. It is designed to shatter stereotypes about scientists and to show the fun of science. The Yale faculty members participating in the program are of various backgrounds, ages, and disciplines. Each event involves a lecture and an engaging science demonstration and/or game run by Yale college students.

“Germ Busters! The Genetics Behind Our Amazing Immune System (or, why we aren't sick all the time)” is the topic of the next Science on Saturdays event. It will take place at Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, 225 Prospect St. There will be a hands-on demonstration from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and a lecture from 11 a.m. to noon.


Created in 2004, the series is presented by Yale Scientific Magazine and hosted by Kurt Zilm, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering.

“I really enjoy bringing real science to the public and I’m really impressed by how committed our community is to getting our kids involved in science, says Zilm. “When I see that look of total amazement come over someone’s face at one of the demonstrations, I know I hooked another amateur scientist.”

Admission is free and open to the public, but Science on Saturdays is best suited for children in 7th grade and above.

Past topics have included “Why Birds Are Dinosaurs,” “The Universe in Your Hands,” “Your DNA: Sense or Nonsense?” and “Viruses: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

“Science on Saturdays and the many other programs in Yale Pathways to Science are a big part of how Yale is making a real difference in inspiring our youth to pursue science and engineering careers,” says Zilm.