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Vanderbilt lends support to Mayor’s First Day Festival at Gaylord

Aug. 9, 2002, 4:09 PM

August 9, 2002

NASHVILLE, TN–Vanderbilt University will host two educational booths with hands-on science and technology experiments for Metro Schools’ students during the Mayor’s First Day Festival Aug. 11 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center. Staff members from Vanderbilt’s Day On Campus Program and Mel Joesten, professor of chemistry, emeritus, and faculty adviser to Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, will assist participating students. During one of the experiments, students will discover how to separate colors in the water-soluble ink of a marking pen, utilizing the principles of chromatography. A second experiment teaches students how to develop “invisible ink.” These experiments are part of the kits that Vanderbilt Volunteers for Science take to Metro Schools throughout the school year. Vanderbilt is a major sponsor of the First Day Festival, which was created by Mayor Bill Purcell to celebrate the first day of school in Metro.

WHAT: Vanderbilt educational booths at First Day Festival

WHERE: Gaylord Entertainment Center

WHEN: Aug. 11, 2 to 5 p.m.