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Saturday with a Scientist

Engage in authentic science and inquiry learning…and have a lot of fun while doing so! Saturday with a Scientist is designed especially for children and families, and provides a unique opportunity to explore the Bell and participate in activities inspired and led by real University of Minnesota researchers.



March 28, 11 am - 2 pm

Learn about primate behavior and communication from Lisa O'Bryan, who studied 10 male chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in Tanzania (following Jane Goodall's work). Try your hand at Termite fishing, compare early human skulls to primate skulls, see the differences between human and chimpanzee vocalization on a computer screen, and more! Work your way through our four interactive stations to complete your activity booklet and take home an official Bell Museum Junior Primatologist button!

Primate Communication: Lisa O’Bryan, Ph.D. student in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
Termite Fishing: John Cossette, Ph.D. student in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
If Teeth Could Talk: Carrie Miller, Ph.D. student in Biological Anthropology
Primates of the World: Grace Rexroat, Undergraduate Student in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Photo by Stephen Oung (Creative Commons/Flickr)  


Fossils & Prehistoric Mammals

April 11, 11 am - 2 pm

Scientist David Fox from the Earth Sciences Department and his Ph.D. students, Daniel Maxbauer and David Birlenbach, will go back in geologic time to talk about what kinds of fossils are found in MN, all the different ways in which they were formed as well as introducing some of the Prehistoric Mammals that once roamed the continent.

Earth Science Geo Club Members will be helping out at interactive stations as well as a special presentation at 12 and 1 pm.

Photo by Sankax (Creative Commons/Flickr)  

Physics Force


April 25, 11 am - 2 pm

Physics Force is our guest! Defy gravity with currents, trick your eyes into seeing something that’s not actually there, and we might even be able to make your hair stand on end! Come experience the free Physics Force show where they do things on the grand scale to excite and induce wonder. Try your own hand at collisions, lasers and more! Physics Force will perform a free show in the auditorium from 12:00 - 1:00pm. There will also be hands on demos from the Society of Physics Students and the UMN physics department.