MSU Science Festival

April 1-6, 2014

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    Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    • Why Do My Decisions Matter?

      MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center | 9:30 - 10:30 AM

      This event introduces students to material use and product life cycles. Learn about the stories behind everyday items, basic traits of natural materials and life cycle stages, where materials come from, what they're made into, how they can be used, and what to do when you are done with them.

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    • Biofuels, Emerald Ash Borer and Christmas Trees: The Many Faces of Tree Research

      Tree Research Center, 5640 East Jolly Road, East Lansing | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

      We give hands-on demonstrations of the science involved in collecting/processing tree seed, growing seedlings, and field planting forests in Michigan. Activities will be linked to current MSU Forestry research projects on biofuels, Emerald Ash Borer, and the genetic improvement of Christmas trees.

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    • Stop Slouching! Stand Up Straight! Looking at Muscles, Motion and Posture

      MSU Center for Orthopedic Research, McLaren Orthopedic Hospital, 2727 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

      Attendees will be given a tour of an active orthopedic research center and learn how researchers study common medical problems like back pain using specialized equipment to record body motion and muscle activity, and customized robots to assess postural control.

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    • Tour of T. B. Simon Power Plant

      Simon Power Plant, 354 Service Road | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

      The T.B. Simon Power Plant is a modern cogeneration power plant using biofuels as a renewable energy source. The plant is a loud, sometimes dirty environment, so closed-toe shoes are required and headsets are provided for ear protection and to allow speaker to be heard.

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    • Entertaining Science!

      Communication Arts and Sciences Auditorium, Room 145 | 2:30 - 4:00 PM

      See television examples from Sci Girls, Sid the Science Kid, Nova, and more that invite viewers to develop interest in science! Experts will connect the entertainment and science education with games. Participants are encouraged to play along on their own device.

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    • Sneaker Science

      Fee Hall, Room A423 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM

      We will demonstrate measurement systems used to evaluate differences in footwear. These systems measure force, motion, muscle activity, and other important characteristics. We will have an in-house subject instrumented to demonstrate some of these systems.

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    • Science, Fiction, and the Real Monsters of Our Imagination

      Berkey Hall, Room 106B | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

      Zombies and vampires in stories stir the imagination, but they also motivate real science. Our panel demonstrates the relationship between literary monsters and scientific realities and discusses how science inspires fiction, how fiction inspires science, and how popular culture imagines both.

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    • Introduction to Robotics

      Engineering Building, Room 2400 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM

      This seminar is designed to give participants an introduction to robots. First, learn about robot applications in today’s world. Next, get a hands-on approach using the VEX Robot system. Using RobotC software, participants will write programs to control the robot.

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    Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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      • Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region and Beyond: A Symposium

        Climate change: a defining challenge of our era. Warming and changes in precipitation are occurring globally and in our Great Lakes Region. Join global and regional climate change experts for informative talks addressing new findings, impact on the Great Lakes, and what can be done.

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      • Teacher Workshop: Collaborating Classrooms

        The MSU 4-H Children’s Garden is a vital local science resource to support, enhance and expand your science explorations. We will focus on resources we already have in place, and identify other connections teachers need and want. Expect hands-on fun. For elementary and middle school teachers.

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      Other events available Wednesday

      • Why Do My Decisions Matter?

        MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center | 9:30 - 10:30 AM

        This event introduces students to material use and product life cycles. Learn about the stories behind everyday items, basic traits of natural materials and life cycle stages, where materials come from, what they're made into, how they can be used, and what to do when you are done with them.

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      • Architectural Tour of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

        Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 East Circle Drive | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

        This tour of the Broad Art Museum will place emphasis on how architecture combines artistic design with engineering requirements. Museum docents demonstrate how Zaha Hadid’s innovative design used materials, geometry, and the manipulation of light to create gallery spaces for art viewing.

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      • Stop Slouching! Stand Up Straight! Looking at Muscles, Motion and Posture

        MSU Center for Orthopedic Research, McLaren Orthopedic Hospital, 2727 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

        Attendees will be given a tour of an active orthopedic research center and learn how researchers study common medical problems like back pain using specialized equipment to record body motion and muscle activity, and customized robots to assess postural control.

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      • Stop Slouching! Stand Up Straight! Looking at Muscles, Motion, and Posture

        MSU Center for Orthopedic Research, McLaren Orthopedic Hospital, 2727 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

        Attendees will be given a tour of an active orthopedic research center and learn how researchers study common medical problems like back pain using specialized equipment to record body motion and muscle activity, and customized robots to assess postural control.

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      • Sport-Related Concussion in High School and Collegiate Athletes

        Berkey Hall, Room 111 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

        This presentation will discuss sports at high risk for concussion at the high school and collegiate level, factors that influence concussion outcomes (specifically sex and age differences), and athletes who have a history of multiple concussions.

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      • The Art of Nature

        Berkey Hall, Room 118 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

        Take a journey back in time to unveil how the earth has provided pigments for paint and materials for sculptures, and has stimulated humans around the globe to communicate with each other in a language that is understood by all: art.

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      • Crash Course in Quantum Mechanics

        Chemistry Building, Room 138 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM

        This roughly 45 minute "crash course" in quantum mechanics uses a variety of demos, including a Tesla Coil and a Scanning Tunneling Microscope imaging carbon atoms.

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      • Introduction to Robotics

        Anthony Hall, Room 1235 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM

        This seminar is designed to give participants an introduction to robots. First, learn about robot applications in today’s world. Next, get a hands-on approach using the VEX Robot system. Using RobotC software, participants will write programs to control the robot.

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      • What Is Best for My Pet? Teaching Children About Animal Welfare

        Berkey Hall, Room 112A | 7:30 - 8:30 PM

        This presenter conducted a study focused on creating the first research-based pet care and welfare intervention for youth as a preventive approach to addressing dog cruelty and neglect and promoting responsible pet ownership.

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    Thursday, April 03, 2014

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      • Teacher Workshop: Using Writing in the Science Classroom

        This high school teacher workshop focuses on incorporating writing into science courses. We will identify short writing assignments to meet defined goals; design effective writing assignments; connect writing and critical thinking; and develop assessment rubrics and ways to handle the workload.

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      Other events available Thursday

      • The Earliest Flowers: Ephemerals and the Coming of Spring Foliage

        W. J. Beal Botanical Garden | 10:00 - 10:50 AM

        Join Peter Carrington, assistant curator of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden, on a tour of the Beal Garden to see our earliest spring vegetation. Find out why these plants evolved to utilize this little window of an ecological setting, and how they make it work for them.

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      • Modernist Food Techniques

        Brody Hall, Brody Square Dining Hall | 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

        Going to Brody Square for lunch? After you’ve purchased your meal, go see how food can be transformed by science. A Brody Square chef will demonstrate how typical foods can be redefined as spherifications, gels, foams, and powders.

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      • Sneaker Science

        Fee Hall, Room A423 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM

        We will demonstrate measurement systems used to evaluate differences in footwear. These systems measure force, motion, muscle activity, and other important characteristics. We will have an in-house subject instrumented to demonstrate some of these systems.

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      • Bailey GREENhouse: An Exploration of Sustainable Communities and Urban Farming

        Bailey Residence Hall | 6:30 - 8:00 PM

        This tour is designed to provide a comprehensive view of Bailey GREENhouse and the surrounding landscape. Participants will be exposed to sustainable farming practices, the passive solar structure of the GREENhouse, and multiple composting methods used on site.

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      • History and Science of Archery

        Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center, 4830 East Jolly Road, Lansing | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

        The MSU Archery Team coach and team members will lead a discussion on the history and science of archery, including a review of different types of bows and arrows and the kinesiology involved with archery. Participants will receive a safety briefing and review the range rules.

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      • Partying at the Tech-Noir: Science Fiction as Dystopia

        Berkey Hall, Room 111 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

        Taking its title from the first Terminator film, this presentation discusses the negative consequences of technology in science fiction, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to the cyber-punk.

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      • Introduction to Robotics

        Anthony Hall, Room 1235 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM

        This seminar is designed to give participants an introduction to robots. First, learn about robot applications in today’s world. Next, get a hands-on approach using the VEX Robot system. Using RobotC software, participants will write programs to control the robot.

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      • Epidemiology and Popular Culture

        Berkey Hall, Room 107 | 7:30 - 8:30 PM

        This talk will examine the public image of epidemiology in popular culture (books, films, TV) over the last decade and then focus on the presenter's specialty: John Snow, pioneering British epidemiologist who discovered how cholera was transmitted.

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      • Stargazing at the MSU Observatory

        MSU Observatory, 4299 Pavilion Drive, East Lansing | 8:00 - 11:00 PM

        Come and learn about the night sky! We'll observe planets, nebulae, and stars with our telescopes (clear skies permitting). Learn about the Universe and have your astronomy questions answered during stargazing demonstrations and hands-on exhibits.

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    Friday, April 04, 2014

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      Other events available Friday

      • Bird Banding

        Southwest Corner of Trowbridge Rd and Farm Lane | 8:30 - 10:30 AM

        This activity will demonstrate how we catch songbirds and then take measurements. Participants will be able to see wild birds up close and there will be opportunities for kids to hold and release wild birds. It can be cold this time of year so please dress warmly.

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      • Chemistry on the Farm and the Importance of Science in Agriculture

        Agroliquid Headquarters, 3055 W. M-21, St. Johns | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

        Chemistry doesn't usually come to mind when we think about farms, but it's all around us. Meet a chemist who can tell you more, tour a LEED certified building, and participate in hands-on demonstrations on the many phases of chemistry and soil science.

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      • University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)

        MSU Union Building | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

        The annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) is an opportunity to learn about scholarship and creative activity being conducted by MSU undergraduate students, through oral presentations, poster presentations, and performances.

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      • People Will Pay You to Learn Things--and Other Thoughts on Research Careers

        Cyclotron, 640 South Shaw Lane | 9:30 - 10:30 AM

        The problem: study nuclei that are impossible to see, don't exist on earth, last for less than a second, and emit radiation. Find out how NSCL does it and explore the incredible variety of careers available (and necessary) in making it work!

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      • The Giraffe in the Stairway: Behind the Scenes at the MSU Museum

        MSU Museum, "Collections Connections," main floor | 10:00 - 10:30 AM

        Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the extraordinary collection of vertebrate specimens at the MSU Museum. Learn how these specimens are used across campus and around the world. Suitable for children 10 years and older. Only partially wheelchair accessible.

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      • The Giraffe in the Stairway: Behind the Scenes at the MSU Museum

        MSU Museum, "Collections Connections," main floor | 10:30 - 11:00 AM

        Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the extraordinary collection of vertebrate specimens at the MSU Museum. Learn how these specimens are used across campus and around the world. Suitable for children 10 years and older. Only partially wheelchair accessible.

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      • Forest Forensics

        Natural Resources Building, Auditorium (Room 158) | 10:50 - 11:50 AM

        Trees live for centuries and thus are difficult to study through short-term experiments. Just like detectives, forest scientists use current evidence to reconstruct what happened in the past. Learn about tree rings, fire scars, bomb carbon and other methods to divulge mysteries of forest dynamics.

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      • High Performance Computing

        Engineering Building, Room 3300 (iCER) | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

        Participants will tour the MSU Supercomputing facility and be taken into the High Performance Computing Center to view computers as research is being done. There will be hands-on demonstrations and other high performance computing related activities, such as deconstruction of hard drives. Ages 9+.

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      • Tour of the Center for Advanced Microscopy

        Center for Integrated Plant Systems Building, basement (enter via Wilson Road) | 11:00 - 11:50 AM

        Experience the wonder and amazement of the world of physical and biological sciences as seen through scanning electron microscopes, transmission electron microscopes, and laser confocal microscopes.

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      • Chemistry on the Farm and the Importance of Science in Agriculture

        Agroliquid Headquarters, 3055 W. M-21, St. Johns | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

        Chemistry doesn't usually come to mind when we think about farms, but it's all around us. Meet a chemist who can tell you more, tour a LEED certified building, and participate in hands-on demonstrations on the many phases of chemistry and soil science.

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      • Evolution in Action: From the Petri Dish to the African Savanna

        MSU Museum, Auditorium | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

        Learn about cutting edge evolution research at MSU. Museum staff and graduate students from BEACON NSF Center for Evolution in Action will lead participants on an exploration of the latest findings and make connections to the Museum's evolution exhibits.

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      • MSU Observatory Open House

        MSU Observatory, 4299 Pavilion Drive, East Lansing | 9:00 - 11:00 PM

        See the Moon, Jupiter, and other celestial wonders through the 24-inch telescope at the MSU Observatory, weather permitting.

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    Saturday, April 05, 2014

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      • The Best Lettuce Community Wide Experiment

        Ask questions, research, hypothesize, EXPERIMENT, collect data, and ask new questions! Join others in this experiment, share data, exchange ideas and learn all sorts of things together. MSU professionals will be on hand. Join the fun and find the “Best Lettuce”!

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      • Inspiring Youth!

        Three high school students share their extraordinary work in science. Learn about their stories, their research, and their impact. Presentations start at 2:00 PM, film screening at 3:00 PM.

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      • Science In The City!

        Come share the science behind the businesses in the heart of downtown East Lansing. Visit nine locations that will share presentations on the science essential to their work and products. Plan your route and stroll from one location to the next.

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      LSJ Expo Tent events available from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

      • "Xcite" Future Engineers

        Do you like designing and building? Discover the world of engineering through TechXcite, a set of hands-on activities designed to spark an interest in the next generation of potential engineers. Come explore the Quest for Speed activity, featuring K'NEX cars!

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      • A Smashing Time with Nuclei

        See how nuclei are accelerated, smashed, filtered, and measured at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.

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      • Animal Physiology: How Do You Keep Warm?

        Feel and compare how different types of animals are able to keep warm in frigid conditions.

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      • Birds of a Feather

        Did you know MSU has a Bird Sanctuary (at Kellogg Biological Station, in SW Michigan) and a Birding Club devoted to birds? Participate in a matching activity to learn about birds that use man-made structures to nest. Pick up information on how to be a citizen scientist and monitor your bird house.

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      • Cosmic K12 Experience

        Visit the Cosmic K12 booth and have an out-of-this-world adventure! Create a space journal and document your discoveries. How did spots appear on the moon? Which planet is closest to the sun? Dogs and bears among the stars? Where are you in this big galaxy? How will you look in your astronaut suit?

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      • Digital Creature Creator

        Create a Sci-o-saur! Shop for adaptations at our Evo-Market and add them to your Sci-o-saur egg. We will then hatch your digital Sci-o-saur. You can stop by and see how well it adapts to the different habitats represented on the 2nd floor of the MSU Museum. Come, build, and see!

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      • Electrifying!

        Ride an exercise bicycle that has been repurposed to create lightning and create a circuit with a hands-on electronic train.

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      • Energy Efficient Demonstration House

        The energy efficient demonstration house is a mobile lab built by Lansing Community College students to demonstrate the latest in residential energy efficiency. Come get hands-on experience with energy auditing, solar energy, wall construction and insulation, and infrared imaging.

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      • Explore Lab Science

        The Explore Lab Science Team will offer hands-on science experiments for students of all ages. Students will extract DNA from a banana as well as learn about density via the Density Tower experiment. These experiments are a great introduction to the world of laboratory science.

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      • Extract Your Own DNA!

        DNA is the blueprint of life. Everything living has DNA. Participants can extract their own cheek cell DNA during this activity. Join students from the Vetward Bound Program in this easy experiment to discover where your DNA can be found and what it looks like!

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      • Farming: Exploring the Unseen

        Working farms produce food, biofuel, and fiber. They can also provide good drinking water, clean air, wildlife habitat, and much more! Meet scientists who study the ecology of cropping systems, helping farmlands produce the food and biofuel we need while enhancing our state's natural resources.

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      • Forest Processes and Global Environmental Change

        Stroll through the Michigan Forest Foundation’s educational trailer, “The Wanigan.” Discover something new about forests, forest ecology, and forest management. Contemporary issues such as climate change adaptation, forest carbon accounting, and forest health issues will be introduced.

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      • Geology Rocks

        Explore fossils, minerals, and sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock specimens, while you discover how they were created, where they are found, and what they tell us about Earth's history. Learn about porosity, density, and seismology through demonstrations and activities.

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      • Going Green: MSU Plant Science

        Did you know there are plants that move, or that plants are at the cutting edge to fight global warming? Join the MSU Plant Biology Club to get a hands-on look using some unusual plants and actual research instruments.

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      • Hands-on Mathematical Fun

        Enjoy some hands-on fun and games for mathematical exploration.

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      • Homopolar Motors

        Electric motors are everywhere. They combine electricity and magnets to produce motion. Big ones move cars, and tiny ones vibrate cell phones. A very simple motor can be made with just a battery, a small but powerful magnet, and a piece of copper wire.

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      • How to "See" What We Can't See

        Carl Sagan once said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." Learn how nuclear scientists discover the origins of elements in our universe. Activities will guide you through the experimental process, from the creation of nuclei to detection techniques.

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      • Mindboggling! Explore How Your Nervous System Operates

        Come examine real human and animal brains up close! Challenge your brain with activities that involve your visual, sensory, and memory systems. Compete against your friends and chat with real neuroscientists.

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      • RepRap 3D Printer

        Want to see a real 3D printer in action? Did you know it's possible to build one yourself? RepRap is an open-source project with a huge community that aims to bring 3D printing into the home of anybody who wants it!

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      • Robotic Fish

        This presentation demonstrates robotic fish in a tank and explains how these robots can be used in monitoring our aquatic environments.

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      • Science in Art!

        Visit REACH Studio Art and learn how science and art go hand-in-hand. Learn how art is integral to applied sciences, can expand scientific thinking, and can make science even more fun!

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      • Science Studio

        Come play, create, and challenge with Impression 5, as we dive into science exploration. Accept the hands-on science challenge! Get creative as you use household materials to achieve the goal of slowing a marble down a ramp.

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      • Science Theatre Demos

        Come let MSU Science Theatre show you how to smash household objects using only air, burn money without spending it, test radioactivity of everyday objects, and more!

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      • STEM Genius: Underwater Robotics

        As we explore underwater robotics, we will demonstrate how to build underwater remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs. Visitors will learn about naval architecture, electrical engineering, marine engineering, and teamwork during the fabrication process.

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      • Take-A-Part

        Save your home electronics from disassembly! Bring the little ones (ages 9 and up) to our deconstruction lab sponsored by Lansing Makers Network. We’ll provide safety equipment, tools, and electronics destined for recycling. Give your curious tinkerers something to explore!

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      • The Best Lettuce Community Wide Experiment

        Ask questions, research, hypothesize, EXPERIMENT, collect data, and ask new questions! Join others in this experiment, share data, exchange ideas and learn all sorts of things together. MSU professionals will be on hand. Join the fun and find the “Best Lettuce”!

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      • The Fungus Among Us

        The world is filled with fungi that come in many shapes and sizes. Fungi occur in every environment on Earth and play important roles in nutrient cycling, food production, medicine, and forest health. Come discover the wonderful world of fungi and learn fun facts about this important organism.

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      • The Secret Life of Trees

        Prepare to learn the recipe for success, that is, the recipe for seedling success! Children will learn what plants need to live and grow while planting their own tree in a mini greenhouse. Emphasis will be placed on why trees matter to humans and their involvement in the carbon cycle.

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      • Walk in a Bag

        Do you like to use your senses to investigate the world around you? Walk in a Bag may be for you! Youth will learn how to use their sense of touch and how to ask the right questions to identify hidden objects from the great outdoors. Learn how to do this fun, hands-on activity at home.

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      • Water Bugs and Water Quality

        Look at the critters living in the water and you can tell if the water is clean or polluted. Observe the water creatures that might be living in a stream near you.

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      • Wild Woldumar!

        Can you name all five vertebrate animal groups? Learn about which characteristics you find in mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish! Get hands on with animal skins, skulls, and shells to explore how these native Michigan animals survive in the wild.

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      Delta Dental's Early Childhood Zone events available from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Morrill Hall Atrium

      • A Sense of Nature

        Both wild animals and people use their five senses to find food, water, and shelter. Preschoolers will examine the world through the senses of familiar animals using textures, smells, sights, and sounds that are nature-themed.

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      • Bouncing Bubbles

        Can you bounce a bubble on your hand? How many times can you bounce it and keep it from popping? Participants will be encouraged to blow bubbles and try to bounce them on their hand. Preschoolers will enjoy the activity and discover why the bubbles bounce in some situations but not others.

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      • Change in Matter: Exploring Properties

        Support science at home with easy-to-do experiments that explore change in matter. What will two materials do when combined? Children will learn to ask questions, make predictions, and observe phenomena as they mix materials together.

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      • Cleaning Pennies

        Predict which of several mixtures will do a better job of cleaning ordinary pennies. Experiment with different substances to clean the pennies. Observe the changes in the pennies in each substance and then interpret the results. Bring your dirtiest pennies and take them home shiny.

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      • Color, Light, and Sound

        Come explore the properties of color, light, and sound. Activities will make use of everyday, household materials that extend your child’s science learning. Using flashlights, prisms, vessels with liquid, and more, we will explore properties of light, pitch, color, and optics.

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      • Dancing Kernels

        Can you make popcorn kernels dance? This activity gives children an opportunity to participate in a fascinating mini-experiment and highlights the four major steps of inquiry for preschoolers: observation, prediction, experimentation, and interpretation.

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      • How Dirt Cleans

        We know that warm water and soap cleans dirt, but did you know that dirt cleans water? Experiment with different “soil tubes” to see what types of soil do a better job of cleaning or purifying water. Children will make a soil tube of their own and select the soil type they want to experiment with.

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      • Hydration and Dehydration

        People need water, and so do plants and animals. But why is it so important? What does water do in our bodies and what happens if we don’t have enough? Using giant water beads, children can observe and experiment to discover the answers to these important questions.

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      • Inquiring Minds Want to Know

        Young children are naturally curious. This station will provide parents with information and a variety of experiences they can share with their children at home to promote and encourage inquiry skills. Children participate in a patterning and classifying activity while parents stop at this station.

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      • Learning About Science the Montessori Way

        Observation is the keystone of science! We explore our world through our senses. Come and learn through your senses with Montessori materials designed to help you distinguish sound, sight, touch and weight. Next, travel our world and discover how fun learning about the continents can be!

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      • Liquid, Solid, or Both?

        A substance that exhibits the properties of both a solid and a liquid is called a non-Newtonian fluid. You might be more familiar with the name Oobleck. Make your own bag of oobleck and observe its solid qualities and its liquid qualities. Parents will receive an information flyer to take home.

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      • Ramps and Things that Roll

        Learn simple principles of physical science and engineering by playing with ramps and things that roll. With simple supplies and a variety of materials to work with, children will experiment and play together to see who can design a ramp that makes things roll the furthest.

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      • Science Play!

        Come play with science as we build scientific skills with our youngest scientists. Hands-on experiments and sensory tables will promote young children's making connections to measurement, inquiry, and exploration.

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      Other events available Saturday

      • Banding Wild Birds

        Beal Botanical Gardens | 8:30 - 10:30 AM

        Meet some of MSU’s wild birds! Graduate students from Zoology will demonstrate how to capture, handle, measure, and band birds. Participate in this outdoor demonstration to see birds up close and learn about local species, data collection techniques, and the importance of studying birds in nature.

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      • Bird Banding

        Southwest Corner of Trowbridge Rd and Farm Lane | 8:30 - 10:30 AM

        This activity will demonstrate how we catch songbirds and then take measurements. Participants will be able to see wild birds up close and there will be opportunities for kids to hold and release wild birds. It can be cold this time of year so please dress warmly.

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      • HAWC: Catching High Energy Gamma-Rays at High Altitude

        Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building, Atrium | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

        The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) is a high energy gamma-ray observatory that MSU is building along with other collaborators in Mexico at an altitude of 4,100 m above sea level. HAWC will detect gamma rays coming from black holes, exploding stars, and other extreme events in the Universe.

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      • Bailey GREENhouse: An Exploration of Sustainable Communities and Urban Farming

        Bailey Residence Hall | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

        This tour is designed to provide a comprehensive view of Bailey GREENhouse and the surrounding landscape. Participants will be exposed to sustainable farming practices, the passive solar structure of the GREENhouse, and multiple composting methods used on site.

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      • Material Recovery Facility Open House

        MSU Recycling Center, 468 Green Way | 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

        Take a tour of the Material Recovery Facility, or MRF, at Michigan State University. You'll see an important step in the recovery process and see reuse and recycling firsthand, the MSU way.

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      • Vet-A-Visit

        Veterinary Medical Center, 736 Wilson Road | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

        The College of Veterinary Medicine hosts an annual open house called "Vet-A-Visit." Exhibits, demonstrations, and presentations are geared to educating people of all ages about animals, medicine, science, the human-animal bond, and our veterinary profession as an outstanding career choice.

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      • Butterflies in the Garden

        Plant and Soil Sciences, Room C101 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

        Visit the indoor 4-H Children's Garden and experience butterflies in the garden. Explore all stages of the butterfly life cycle, check our chrysalis hatching, and let a butterfly land on your finger.

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      • History and Science of Air Rifle Shooting Sports

        Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center, 4830 East Jolly Road, Lansing | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

        The MSU Shooting Sports Team will review Olympic and Collegiate air rifle shooting sports, highlighting air rifles, equipment, and special shooting suits. There will also be a discussion on the scholastic shooting program. Participants will receive a safety briefing and review the range rules.

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      • LCC Immersive Science Exploration

        Natural Science Building, Room 140 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

        Join Lansing Community College science faculty and students as they present activities ranging from frog dissection to extracting your own DNA.

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      • Michigan Snakes Alive

        Natural Science Building, Room 145 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

        Meet live Michigan snakes! Lots of touching and handling opportunities, amid discussion about fears and misconceptions surrounding these surprisingly gentle reptiles. Staff also will answer questions about snake identification, ecology, and conservation. Watch snake-feeding time, too!

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      • Microscope Demonstrations at the Center for Advanced Microscopy

        Center for Integrated Plant Systems Building, Room B7 (enter via Wilson Road) | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

        See amazing views of our microscopic world using dissecting microscopes and laser-based confocal microscopes.

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      • MSU Bug House Open House

        Natural Science Building, Room 146/147 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

        Come visit the Bug House and learn about insects and other arthropods. Guides and displays in the Bug House teach you about insect biology and show examples of insect diversity from around the world. You can even hold one of our live tarantulas or other living arthropods.

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      • Oh, My Aching Back: Insights into Orthopedic Research

        MSU Center For Orthopedic Research, McLaren Orthopedic Hospital, 2727 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

        Participants will be given hands-on demonstrations of research equipment used to study human motor control. This equipment includes biosensors to measure muscle activity, motion capture devices to record body position, and specialized robotic systems to assess postural control.

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      • The Applied Science Behind Producing Exhibitions

        Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Gallery 102 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

        Come join us to get a glimpse of some of the science, tools and methods used to produce exhibitions at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Visitors to the Broad Art Museum enjoy the finished shows in the award-winning building, but what does it take to make them happen?

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      • Turtles in Trouble

        MSU Museum | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

        Turtles were turtles before the dinosaurs appeared. For the first time in 230 million years the future of these long-lived reptiles is gravely threatened by human activities. A new MSU Museum exhibit blends art and science to highlight the wonders of turtles and ways that we can preserve them.

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      • Virtual Visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN

        North Kedzie Hall, Room 101 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

        We take a virtual visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, where the Higgs boson was found in 2012. We talk to the MSU researchers working on the ATLAS experiment via a live video feed to the MSU office at CERN.

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      • Campus Archaeology: Dig the Past

        MSU Museum | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

        The Campus Archaeology Program will host a series of hands-on archaeology activities. Learn how to excavate like an archaeologist, screen dirt for artifacts, and understand how archaeologists study the past.

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      • Chemistry of the Human Senses

        Chemistry Building, Room 581 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

        We will demonstrate the chemistry and chemical processes of the human senses and show how interactions and first-hand experiences are important for understanding vision, smell, and taste. Participants will have the opportunity to use their own senses while the science is explained to them.

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      • Explore the Herbarium

        Plant Biology Laboratories, Herbarium | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

        Explore the MSU Herbarium with an interactive, personalized tour. Visit different stations to learn how to preserve and mount plants, view lichen under a microscope, find your favorite plant in our collection, or see strange and exotic plants from around the world!

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      • Playing It Safe: How to Help Protect Your Child Against Concussions

        Berkey Hall, Room 111 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

        Every parent with a child participating in sports wants to protect their child against sustaining a concussion. While no concussion is fully preventable, it is very important to educate parents on ways to minimize the risk and likelihood of their child sustaining a concussion.

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      • Sneaker Science

        Fee Hall, Room A423 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

        We will demonstrate measurement systems used to evaluate differences in footwear. These systems measure force, motion, muscle activity, and other important characteristics. We will have an in-house subject instrumented to demonstrate some of these systems.

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      • "Rad” research: How Imaging of the Body is Used to Answer Research Questions

        Natural Science Building, Room 128 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

        This session will highlight research at MSU that uses ultrasound and MRI to answer questions about how the body normally functions and what happens during disease.

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      • Bailey GREENhouse: An Exploration of Sustainable Communities and Urban Farming

        Bailey Residence Hall | 12:00 - 2:00 PM

        This tour is designed to provide a comprehensive view of Bailey GREENhouse and the surrounding landscape. Participants will be exposed to sustainable farming practices, the passive solar structure of the GREENhouse, and multiple composting methods used on site.

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      • Oh, My Aching Back: Insights into Orthopedic Research

        MSU Center For Orthopedic Research, McLaren Orthopedic Hospital, 2727 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

        Participants will be given hands-on demonstrations of research equipment used to study human motor control. This equipment includes biosensors to measure muscle activity, motion capture devices to record body position, and specialized robotic systems to assess postural control.

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      • Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue--When Bees Are on Flowers, What Do They Do?

        MSU Museum, Orientation Theater | 12:00 - 3:00 PM

        We all know that flowers are beautiful and come in many different shapes, colors and smells, but why? We will learn how plants use flowers to attract pollinators, such as birds, bees, and butterflies, and why pollinators prefer different flower types.

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      • Explore the Herbarium

        Plant Biology Laboratories, Herbarium | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

        Explore the MSU Herbarium with an interactive, personalized tour. Visit different stations to learn how to preserve and mount plants, view lichen under a microscope, find your favorite plant in our collection, or see strange and exotic plants from around the world!

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      • Getting Under Your Skin: Joint and Organ Movements Shown by Medical Imaging (MRI)

        Natural Science Building, Room 128 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

        Video loops of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be used to demonstrate normal motions of selected human joints and organs. Explanations of underlying anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) as well as an elementary introduction to the physics of MRI are included.

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      • Haiku Hike

        Main Library, Reference Instruction Room (East Wing, 1st floor) | 1:00 - 3:00 PM

        Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry that focuses on an instant in nature. In this interactive demonstration, participants will receive a brief lesson about haiku and then create their own poems through a nature walk around MSU’s campus.

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      • Make Your Own Map! Exploring Geographic Information Science

        Main Library, Map Library Presentation Room W308F (West Wing, 3rd floor) | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

        Make your own custom map with ArcGIS Online, and learn about the science behind geographic information systems. How is spatial data collected, and how are datasets from different disciplines made compatible? Kathleen Weessies, MSU’s Map Librarian, will lead this hands-on workshop.

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      • Physics is Fun!

        Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building, Room 1415 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

        Come and see exciting physics demonstrations about the most important physical laws governing our world, from mechanics to electromagnetism, from light to thermodynamics.

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      • Building Sustainable Cities

        Berkey Hall, Room 112A | 2:30 - 3:30 PM

        How can we build cities to promote sustainability? What can we do to encourage less resource use and lower our dependence on the automobile? This presentation will explore the relationship between urban form, resource consumption, and travel behavior through an exploration of Michigan communities.

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      • Music, Math, and Science

        Music Building, Hart Recital Hall | 2:30 - 3:30 PM

        We will look at sound and music events, and some of their scientific and mathematical background: from a flaming sound wave, to monster gummies arising from a loudspeaker, and the secrets of an unpressed piano key, the exploration will be addressed to anyone interested in sound and its nature.

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      • History and Science of Archery

        Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center, 4830 East Jolly Road, Lansing | 3:00 - 5:00 PM

        The MSU Archery Team coach and team members will lead a discussion on the history and science of archery, including a review of different types of bows and arrows and the kinesiology involved with archery. Participants will receive a safety briefing and review the range rules.

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      • Abrams Planetarium Show: "Comets and Discovery"

        Abrams Planetarium | 8:00 - 9:30 PM

        Take a journey across continents and learn about comets and their discovery. Travel back and forth through time to relive exciting moments of comet hunters from the 18th and 21st centuries. Doors will open at 7:30 PM.

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      • MSU Observatory Open House

        MSU Observatory, 4299 Pavilion Drive, East Lansing | 9:00 - 11:00 PM

        See the Moon, Jupiter, and other celestial wonders through the 24-inch telescope at the MSU Observatory, weather permitting.

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    Sunday, April 06, 2014

    • 2

      Featured events

      • The Best Lettuce Community Wide Experiment

        Ask questions, research, hypothesize, EXPERIMENT, collect data, and ask new questions! Join others in this experiment, share data, exchange ideas and learn all sorts of things together. MSU professionals will be on hand. Join the fun and find the “Best Lettuce”!

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      • An Afternoon of Comedy and Science

        Science comedian Brian Malow will perform and host our popular "Say It In 7" event to close out this year's Science Festival. Five MSU researchers will present their research in a series of fast-paced, seven-minute, mini-TED talks. Get ready to laugh and discover!

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      LSJ Expo Tent events available from Noon - 4 p.m.

      • Birds of a Feather

        Did you know MSU has a Bird Sanctuary (at Kellogg Biological Station, in SW Michigan) and a Birding Club devoted to birds? Participate in a matching activity to learn about birds that use man-made structures to nest. Pick up information on how to be a citizen scientist and monitor your bird house.

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      • Cosmic K12 Experience

        Visit the Cosmic K12 booth and have an out-of-this-world adventure! Create a space journal and document your discoveries. How did spots appear on the moon? Which planet is closest to the sun? Dogs and bears among the stars? Where are you in this big galaxy? How will you look in your astronaut suit?

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      • Digital Creature Creator

        Create a Sci-o-saur! Shop for adaptations at our Evo-Market and add them to your Sci-o-saur egg. We will then hatch your digital Sci-o-saur. You can stop by and see how well it adapts to the different habitats represented on the 2nd floor of the MSU Museum. Come, build, and see!

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      • Electrifying!

        Ride an exercise bicycle that has been repurposed to create lightning and create a circuit with a hands-on electronic train.

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      • Explore! Discover! Observe! with WKAR/PBS Children's Programs

        This event features hands-on science activities for children 4-8 based on PBS children's programs, including The Cat in the Hat Knows All About That and Sid the Science Kid.

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      • Extract Your Own DNA!

        DNA is the blueprint of life. Everything living has DNA. Participants can extract their own cheek cell DNA during this activity. Join students from the Vetward Bound Program in this easy experiment to discover where your DNA can be found and what it looks like!

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      • Forest Processes and Global Environmental Change

        Stroll through the Michigan Forest Foundation’s educational trailer, “The Wanigan.” Discover something new about forests, forest ecology, and forest management. Contemporary issues such as climate change adaptation, forest carbon accounting, and forest health issues will be introduced.

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      • Geology Rocks

        Explore fossils, minerals, and sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock specimens, while you discover how they were created, where they are found, and what they tell us about Earth's history. Learn about porosity, density, and seismology through demonstrations and activities.

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      • Going Green: MSU Plant Science

        Did you know there are plants that move, or that plants are at the cutting edge to fight global warming? Join the MSU Plant Biology Club to get a hands-on look using some unusual plants and actual research instruments.

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      • Homopolar Motors

        Electric motors are everywhere. They combine electricity and magnets to produce motion. Big ones move cars, and tiny ones vibrate cell phones. A very simple motor can be made with just a battery, a small but powerful magnet, and a piece of copper wire.

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      • How to "See" What We Can't See

        Carl Sagan once said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." Learn how nuclear scientists discover the origins of elements in our universe. Activities will guide you through the experimental process, from the creation of nuclei to detection techniques.

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      • RepRap 3D Printer

        Want to see a real 3D printer in action? Did you know it's possible to build one yourself? RepRap is an open-source project with a huge community that aims to bring 3D printing into the home of anybody who wants it!

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      • Science Theatre Demos

        Come let MSU Science Theatre show you how to smash household objects using only air, burn money without spending it, test radioactivity of everyday objects, and more!

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      • STEM Genius: Underwater Robotics

        As we explore underwater robotics, we will demonstrate how to build underwater remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs. Visitors will learn about naval architecture, electrical engineering, marine engineering, and teamwork during the fabrication process.

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      • Take-A-Part

        Save your home electronics from disassembly! Bring the little ones (ages 9 and up) to our deconstruction lab sponsored by Lansing Makers Network. We’ll provide safety equipment, tools, and electronics destined for recycling. Give your curious tinkerers something to explore!

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      • The Best Lettuce Community Wide Experiment

        Ask questions, research, hypothesize, EXPERIMENT, collect data, and ask new questions! Join others in this experiment, share data, exchange ideas and learn all sorts of things together. MSU professionals will be on hand. Join the fun and find the “Best Lettuce”!

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      • The Fungus Among Us

        The world is filled with fungi that come in many shapes and sizes. Fungi occur in every environment on Earth and play important roles in nutrient cycling, food production, medicine, and forest health. Come discover the wonderful world of fungi and learn fun facts about this important organism.

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      • Water Bugs and Water Quality

        Look at the critters living in the water and you can tell if the water is clean or polluted. Observe the water creatures that might be living in a stream near you.

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      • Wild Woldumar!

        Can you name all five vertebrate animal groups? Learn about which characteristics you find in mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish! Get hands on with animal skins, skulls, and shells to explore how these native Michigan animals survive in the wild.

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      Delta Dental's Early Childhood Zone events available from Noon - 4 p.m. in the Morrill Hall Atrium

      • A Sense of Nature

        Both wild animals and people use their five senses to find food, water, and shelter. Preschoolers will examine the world through the senses of familiar animals using textures, smells, sights, and sounds that are nature-themed.

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      • Bouncing Bubbles

        Can you bounce a bubble on your hand? How many times can you bounce it and keep it from popping? Participants will be encouraged to blow bubbles and try to bounce them on their hand. Preschoolers will enjoy the activity and discover why the bubbles bounce in some situations but not others.

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      • Change in Matter: Exploring Properties

        Support science at home with easy-to-do experiments that explore change in matter. What will two materials do when combined? Children will learn to ask questions, make predictions, and observe phenomena as they mix materials together.

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      • Cleaning Pennies

        Predict which of several mixtures will do a better job of cleaning ordinary pennies. Experiment with different substances to clean the pennies. Observe the changes in the pennies in each substance and then interpret the results. Bring your dirtiest pennies and take them home shiny.

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      • Color, Light, and Sound

        Come explore the properties of color, light, and sound. Activities will make use of everyday, household materials that extend your child’s science learning. Using flashlights, prisms, vessels with liquid, and more, we will explore properties of light, pitch, color, and optics.

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      • Dancing Kernels

        Can you make popcorn kernels dance? This activity gives children an opportunity to participate in a fascinating mini-experiment and highlights the four major steps of inquiry for preschoolers: observation, prediction, experimentation, and interpretation.

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      • How Dirt Cleans

        We know that warm water and soap cleans dirt, but did you know that dirt cleans water? Experiment with different “soil tubes” to see what types of soil do a better job of cleaning or purifying water. Children will make a soil tube of their own and select the soil type they want to experiment with.

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      • Hydration and Dehydration

        People need water, and so do plants and animals. But why is it so important? What does water do in our bodies and what happens if we don’t have enough? Using giant water beads, children can observe and experiment to discover the answers to these important questions.

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      • Inquiring Minds Want to Know

        Young children are naturally curious. This station will provide parents with information and a variety of experiences they can share with their children at home to promote and encourage inquiry skills. Children participate in a patterning and classifying activity while parents stop at this station.

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      • Liquid, Solid, or Both?

        A substance that exhibits the properties of both a solid and a liquid is called a non-Newtonian fluid. You might be more familiar with the name Oobleck. Make your own bag of oobleck and observe its solid qualities and its liquid qualities. Parents will receive an information flyer to take home.

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      • Ramps and Things that Roll

        Learn simple principles of physical science and engineering by playing with ramps and things that roll. With simple supplies and a variety of materials to work with, children will experiment and play together to see who can design a ramp that makes things roll the furthest.

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      • STEAM Storytime

        Add an "A" for art to STEM and you get STEAM. Join Miss Lezlee from the East Lansing Public Library for a fun science storytime and crafts.

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      Other events available Sunday

      • Bailey GREENhouse: An Exploration of Sustainable Communities and Urban Farming

        Bailey Residence Hall | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

        This tour is designed to provide a comprehensive view of Bailey GREENhouse and the surrounding landscape. Participants will be exposed to sustainable farming practices, the passive solar structure of the GREENhouse, and multiple composting methods used on site.

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      • Butterflies in the Garden

        Plant and Soil Sciences, Room C101 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

        Visit the indoor 4-H Children's Garden and experience butterflies in the garden. Explore all stages of the butterfly life cycle, check our chrysalis hatching, and let a butterfly land on your finger.

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      • Virtual Visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN

        North Kedzie Hall, Room 101 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

        We take a virtual visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, where the Higgs boson was found in 2012. We talk to the MSU researchers working on the ATLAS experiment via a live video feed to the MSU office at CERN.

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      • Playing It Safe: How to Help Protect Your Child Against Concussions

        Berkey Hall, Room 111 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

        Every parent with a child participating in sports wants to protect their child against sustaining a concussion. While no concussion is fully preventable, it is very important to educate parents on ways to minimize the risk and likelihood of their child sustaining a concussion.

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      • Burgdorf's Winery Tour and Tasting

        Burgdorf's Winery, 5635 Shoeman Road, Haslett | 12:00 - 5:00 PM

        Burgdorf's Winery opens its doors for a special tour of the production facility. Processing equipment and laboratory instruments will be on display or set up for demonstration.

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      • Bailey GREENhouse: An Exploration of Sustainable Communities and Urban Farming

        Bailey Residence Hall | 12:00 - 2:00 PM

        This tour is designed to provide a comprehensive view of Bailey GREENhouse and the surrounding landscape. Participants will be exposed to sustainable farming practices, the passive solar structure of the GREENhouse, and multiple composting methods used on site.

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      • LCC Immersive Science Exploration

        Natural Science Building, Room 140 | 12:00 - 4:00 PM

        Join Lansing Community College science faculty and students as they present activities ranging from frog dissection to extracting your own DNA.

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      • Michigan Snakes Alive

        Natural Science Building, Room 145 | 12:00 - 4:00 PM

        Meet live Michigan snakes! Lots of touching and handling opportunities, amid discussion about fears and misconceptions surrounding these surprisingly gentle reptiles. Staff also will answer questions about snake identification, ecology, and conservation. Watch snake-feeding time, too!

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      • MSU Bug House Open House

        Natural Science Building, Room 146/147 | 12:00 - 5:00 PM

        Come visit the Bug House and learn about insects and other arthropods. Guides and displays in the Bug House teach you about insect biology and show examples of insect diversity from around the world. You can even hold one of our live tarantulas or other living arthropods.

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      • Your Brain on Jane Austen: The Neuroscience of Reading and Attention

        Berkey Hall, Room 118 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM

        In this demonstration, we will discuss a neuroscientific experiment conducted to study how people read literature using the works of Jane Austen. We will lead you through re-creations of parts of the experiment, and explore the techniques Austen uses to affect how we read and think about the story.

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      • FRIB's Voyage to the Center of Atoms, and Why You Should Come Along

        Cyclotron, 640 South Shaw Lane | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

        This presentation is an opportunity to find out more about the nuclei that will be studied in the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and how the FRIB will change your life.

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      • Getting Under Your Skin: Joint and Organ Movements Shown by Medical Imaging (MRI)

        Natural Science Building, Room 128 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

        Video loops of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be used to demonstrate normal motions of selected human joints and organs. Explanations of underlying anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) as well as an elementary introduction to the physics of MRI are included.

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      • Measuring Big Trees

        Near Beaumont Tower, 375 West Circle Drive | 1:00 - 1:30 PM

        Do you love big trees? Who doesn't! Come to this hands-on event to learn more about big trees and how to use several tools designed to measure them.

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      • Measuring Big Trees

        Near Beaumont Tower, 375 West Circle Drive | 1:35 - 2:05 PM

        Do you love big trees? Who doesn't! Come to this hands-on event to learn more about big trees and how to use several tools designed to measure them.

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      • Behind the Scenes at National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory/Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

        Cyclotron, 640 South Shaw Lane | 2:00 - 3:30 PM

        Learn how researchers at a world-class rare isotope laboratory study nuclei that are too small to see, exist for less than one second, and can't be found on Earth. This is your chance to tour the lab (some areas may be restricted during experiments).

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      • Body Mapping: Where Is Your Head, Really?

        Berkey Hall, Room 118 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

        Body mapping is a method of somatic education (learning about the body) that is designed to help us move well and feel better. Though it was developed by musicians for musicians in order to enhance performance, anyone with a body can benefit from it!

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      • They Passed Like a Cloud: The Passenger Pigeon, Michigan, and Extinction

        MSU Museum, Auditorium | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

        This talk will explore the fascinating natural and cultural history of the passenger pigeon, which made its famous last stand in Michigan, in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the species’ extinction. The talk will further offer insights on extinctions past, present, and future.

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      • Measuring Big Trees

        Near Beaumont Tower, 375 West Circle Drive | 2:10 - 2:40 PM

        Do you love big trees? Who doesn't! Come to this hands-on event to learn more about big trees and how to use several tools designed to measure them.

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      • Measuring Big Trees

        Near Beaumont Tower, 375 West Circle Drive | 2:45 - 3:15 PM

        Do you love big trees? Who doesn't! Come to this hands-on event to learn more about big trees and how to use several tools designed to measure them.

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      • Spring Discovery Walk

        Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Okemos | 3:00 - 4:00 PM

        Tree buds are popping, the first wildflowers are stirring, birds are nesting, and animals are bustling through the woods. This is a great time to discover nature! Visit the Harris Nature Center for a guided nature walk. Afterwards, view the native Michigan animals on display in the nature building.

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