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science-symposiumA celebration of Milton students’ skills and talents will be on display at tonight’s Science & Art Night, starting with the annual Science Symposium in the lobby of the Pritzker Science Center.

“This is the life of the Milton student,” said Julie Seplaki, chair of the science department . “They’re skillful and talented scientists, artists,musicians and actors. Science and arts always had events on the same night, but this is the first year we’ve brought the two together as a way to recognize our students’ varied talents.”

The symposium, which runs from 5:15 to 7 p.m., features research projects by students in advanced science courses, with topics in environmental science, physics, chemistry and biology. Students will present their findings with posters throughout the lobby, and visitors can scan each poster’s QR code to see each student’s full report. The evening creates a “buzz” in Pritzker as the presenters take pride in their work and younger students receive inspiration, Julie said.

“We have lots of examples of really creative and novel approaches to some of the research questions the students have developed,” she said. “This is a chance for them to see their own evolution in science, and where we see evidence of their conceptual and skill development.”

The Science Symposium is immediately followed at 7 p.m. with Arts Night, as Milton’s visual artists display their work in the Kellner Performing Arts Center and concerts by orchestra students and vocalists light up King Theatre. An improv show in King rounds out the night with a performance at 9 p.m.