Science Saturday

Science Saturday (formerly BLAST off with ATHENAS) is a program for middle schoolers at Kenyon College where students learn about science together and heighten their experience near and around science.

There are two programs per year, each with a different theme that includes fun, hands-on activities that encourage exploration and collaboration not typically available to middle school students. This is a free program that includes lunch at the Kenyon dining hall. The program is directed by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic Kenyon faculty and students who aim to show that science is fun and exciting. Descriptions and registration information for our upcoming programs are posted below.

Fall 2023 Program

Science Saturday: Drawing Conclusions

Science Saturday, a fun hands-on program for middle school students, will explore the ways that art and science intersect. Participants will explore the patterns underlying origami, how we perceive colors, the nature of light, how chemical reactions can be used to make art, and much more. Bring a friend and your curiosity to this FREE program!

Registration for the Nov. 4 session is now open and will remain open until Oct. 27 (unless registration fills up before). If you have any problems registering online or need to register a group of participants, please contact the Office for Community Partnerships at 740-427-5419 or

To be eligible to attend, the participant must be currently enrolled in 6th, 7th, 8th grade or equivalent.

This free program begins at 9:30 a.m. and lasts until 1:30 p.m. (with lunch provided). Check-in will open at 9 a.m. and take place at the Kenyon College Sciences Quad. More information to come soon!

Register now

Spring 2024 Program

Information coming soon.

Open Doors College Preparation Program

The Kenyon Open Doors College Prep Program empowers students of all backgrounds to achieve at the highest level in preparation for college entry through ACT/SAT preparation. From September to April, this course engages middle school and high school students in classes that emphasize goal setting, small-group learning, and an individualized approach.

More about the program (PDF)