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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 14, 11 am - 2 pm

Chemistry is cool – and hot! Join the (Be)ll (M)useum and (P)rofessor Ken Leopold from the Department of (C)hemistry as we explore the various f(Ac)ets of chemistry in our everyday (Li)ves, from non-(Ne)wtonian fluids to exothermic/endothermic (Re)actions. Play with dry ice, make liquid (N)itrogen ice (Cr)eam, (Se)perate oil and water with a (F)unky lava lamp, and more!

Photo by Niclas (Creative Commons/Flickr) 



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)