Stardust: William A. Fowler Science Series
Lima is hometown to one of the world’s most famous astrophysicists. William A. Fowler won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 for his efforts to show how all the natural elements in the Periodic Table are forged under extreme conditions across the course of a star’s lifetime. To honor his achievements in astrophysics, Stardust: The William Fowler Science Series was born through a partnership between the City of Lima, Lima City Schools and the Ohio State University at Lima.
The William Fowler Science Series is a cross-disciplinary program for the community and local middle and high school students. The Lima City Schools, in collaboration with outstanding Ohio State University faculty and leaders, focus a portion of their fall semester's science curriculum on the Science Series' topic of the year. This year's focus is the periodic table.
Ohio State's Jennifer Johnson visited campus to speak about the periodic table and the origin of elements. Leading up to the day on campus, the seventh grade students had been learning how the periodic table is organized and how the elements are arranged. Dr. Johnson expanded on these concepts to include her work in stellar abundances and the origin of the elements, topics which are related to the areas for which Dr. Fowler won the Nobel Prize. Students also spent time investigating the career paths that lead to the sciences. Culminating events for autumn semester included students coming to Ohio State Lima and participating in a full-day of science-based activities and debuting the trailer for their mockumentary "Fowler Kids: Reclaiming a Hero," which premieres spring 2020.
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