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April 6, 2015

Science festival fuels wonder, discovery

The third annual MSU Science Festival will take place April 15-19 across MSU’s campus, and, for the first time, will host Detroit Day on April 19.

The festival is designed to bring mid-Michigan communities together with MSU scientists in a shared exploration of science that touches our everyday lives. People of all ages can choose from more than 150 scheduled events including demonstrations, exhibits, hands-on activities, lectures, panel discussions, performances, tours and open houses.

MSU researchers, faculty, staff and students will present these events, which are free and open to the public. The featured event is “Dinosaurs of the Lost Continent,” presented by Scott Sampson, host for Discovery Channel’s "Dinosaur Planet" and PBS’ "Dinosaur Train" at 7 p.m. on April 17 at Kellogg Center’s Big Ten Room.

Additional activities will cover a wide range of topics, such as birdbanding, tours of the MSU Herbarium, exploring the amazing architecture of the Broad Art Museum, discussions on a range of topics such as citizen science, recycling, the periodic table and much more.

More festival highlights:

  • Lansing State Journal Expo Tent - features hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy. The tent will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m April 18 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19, in the Biomedical Physical Sciences and Chemistry Buildings.
  • Delta Dental’s Early Childhood Zone - features primary and early elementary teachers and specialists demonstrating their best science activities within a zone designated for preschoolers. This takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19, in the Plant and Soil Sciences Atrium.
  • Free planetarium show - features explorations of science and the universe with Abrams Planetarium’s new projection system and a feature presentation. This takes place 6:30-8 p.m. April 18.
  • Mathemagics - Arthur Benjamin, “mathemagician” (professor of mathematics and magician), will share the beauty and wonder of math at 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 19 in the Chemistry Building.

For more information, visit MSU Science Festival.

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