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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.


Magnificent Mammals!

Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., free with museum admission

Discovery the many ways that mammals are magnificent! Curator of mammals Sharon Jansa, a professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, will be our scientist on hand answering questions and giving a glimpse into her world of research. Look at track plates of what’s living on campus and make your own plaster animal track plate to take home. Watch a skinning demo by specimen preparers and learn more about a flying mammal that gets a LOT of attention around this time of year…the bat!


The Engineer’s Sandbox

Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., free with museum admission

Spend Saturday with scientists Joe Labuz and Kimberly Hill from the Department of Civil Engineering here at the University of Minnesota as we explore something we’re all familiar with, but may not know a lot about—sand!

Watch demonstrations by Labuz and his graduate students, or listen to Hill talk about “the art and science of sand.” Curious about quicksand? Quicksand is not any special type of sand, but is a state that normal sand can be in under certain conditions—learn how with the quicksand tank. See sand up close under microscopes and even test the strength of sand by exploring sand’s ability to withstand landslides and friction forces.