Make a splash in this popular program that explores our local waters. Discover how the animals we will find tell us water is clean, and learn to use professional water quality meters. Be prepared to get muddy and wet!
Blast off for space adventure. Discover the principles behind stars, meteors and more. Build and test your own rocket. Don’t worry – it is rocket science.
Dig into the past with a simulated dinosaur dig. Learn how to identify dinosaurs and other fossils that provide clues to reconstructing extinct creatures and the ancient environment in which they lived.
Cool off with some glacier goo at this Science Saturday event! Explore the properties of ice, snowflakes, polar glaciers and icebergs with hands-on activities provided by the Center for the Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets.
This free drop-in event led by KU botanists will feature activities about plant anatomy, the diversity of plants – including fluorescent lichens – and even offer the chance to make wildflower “seed bombs” that can be planted after the event.
The seed balls, which combine seeds, clay and compost rolled together, include many locally growing varieties such as Maximilian’s sunflower, Illinois bundle-flower, showy partridgepea, black-eyed Susan, purple prairie-clover, and several varieties of coneflower, including upright, clasping, gray-head and purple.
Other activities include instruction on building a plant press to preserve plant specimens, crafts using flowers to make sun-inspired photo prints, and ways to explore the differences between plants, such as the difference between fruits and vegetables.
Join our intrepid museum education staff at the Red Lyon Tavern for science experiments using bar ingredients.
Our gut bacteria outnumber human cells 10:1, yet only recently has our microbiome been linked with human disease, including alcoholic liver disease. First recognized in the late 1990s, the full extent the gut microbiome has on liver disease pathogenesis remains mostly a mystery. For this Science on Tap, Assistant Professor Michele Pritchard will discuss what is known about how our bacterial colonists induce liver injury and the preclinical development of new therapeutic options for patients with alcoholic liver disease.
Science on Tap is a science cafe hosted by Free State Brewing, 636 Massachusetts St. Guest moderators introduce a topic and then guide discussion with the audience. Bring your curiosity and your questions.
Big Data are receiving an enormous amount of well-deserved buzz as they call on us to rethink who can do science and how it can be done. Yet there is also a certain blind optimism that with enough data, we will understand everything. This discussion will challenge this optimism, particularly as it relates to the study of people. Nancy Baym will draw on her experience at Microsoft Research, an interdisciplinary basic research lab where people are actively trying to create bridges between big data and ethnographic analysis. The Idea Café is intended to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction.
Ever wonder what it takes to start your own collection of insects, plants or other specimens? For this Science Saturday, we'll explore all kinds of collections, from the ones that scientists assemble to those you can create at home.
Join us for a little spring storm fun with this adventure drama about two storm chasers. We will watch Twister and learn about the science of storms with Rick Katzfey, Channel 6 Chief Meteorologist.
This is the final event in our film series coordinated by the museum's student advisory board. The public is welcome.