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April 10, 2013

First-ever MSU Science Festival begins April 12

The MSU Science Festival, a first-of-a-kind celebration of the science that touches people’s everyday lives, will run April 12-21 on the East Lansing campus.

The 10-day event, free and open to the public, will have something for everyone – children, teens, adults and seniors – with subjects spanning the science spectrum, from astronomy to human behavior to robotics to zoology.

The events are presented by members of the Michigan State University scientific community – faculty, staff, and students – as well as a number of science and technology community participants.

“Our goal is to share the curiosity and excitement that motivates the quest for new knowledge and ignite that same passion, adventure and awe with festival attendees,” says Hiram Fitzgerald, associate provost for University Outreach and Engagement.

There will be hands-on activities for families, science enthusiasts and learners of all ages. The festival will feature an expo tent, seminars, demonstrations, discussions, lectures, tours and open houses at various locations across campus.

“With more than 150 presentations on science, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, we want to convey the scientific wonders in our world and inspire the curiosity of all lifelong learners,” says Renee Leone, festival coordinator.

Fast facts about the festival:

  • An expo tent sponsored by the Lansing State Journal is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. during festival weekends, April 13-14 and April 20-21.
  • April 19 is School Expo Extravaganza Day. More than 1,300 mid-Michigan youth will visit, representing 19 area K-12 schools.
  • There will be shuttle bus transportation on weekends. The website and print program contain details.
  • Flyers and posters are distributed around mid-Michigan. Program booklets with a complete schedule, event descriptions and campus map will be available at the Information Tents near Auditorium Field, near the MSU Museum, and near the Biomedical and Physical Sciences building on campus.
  • Sponsors include: Lansing State Journal Media, Johnson Controls, Consumers Energy, Meijer, Delta Dental, Dominos, Wolverine, MSUFCU and a number of MSU colleges and departments. In-kind supporters include Impression 5, WKAR, Information Technology Empowerment Center and Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau.