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Saturday with a Scientist

One Saturday a month, 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 scientists and students.


Citizen Science

Saturday, January 10, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Many researchers rely on citizen scientists to help conduct their research. What are citizen scientists and why are they so important to scientific investigations? Researcher Kyle Willett from the UM Department of Physics and Astronomy will guide us through research projects that depend on citizen scientists like you.


Spiders: Small Brains, Big Behaviors

Saturday, January 24, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Spiders are one of the most diverse groups of animals on the planet, and they display an equally diverse array of fascinating (and bizarre!) behaviors--all with a brain that is much smaller than our own! Join spider neurobiologists Anthony Auletta and Cynthia Harley from the University of Minnesota Department of Entomology to learn all about the amazing world of spiders.

Spiders are ecologically, economically and culturally important animals that can be found everywhere you look! And though many people might find them "scary," the truth is most spiders are beneficial to humans--from eating mosquitoes that give us malaria, to inspiring us to build space-exploring robots. You'll see spiders from all over the world, including live tarantulas; tap into your spidey senses and learn how spiders see the world; and learn how some spiders jump and fly. You also can build your own spider at our arts and crafts station.