Family Discovery Days: MEA Weekend
Thursday | October 17, 2019–Sunday | October 20, 2019
Join us for some science-related family fun over this long weekend! Enjoy activities in our education wing, a special display in Collections Cove, and some favorite Solution Studio challenges.
Learn about innovation in nature this weekend with a make-and-take engineering challenge in the Hive: You can build a device to catch spiders or other creatures. It’s trickier than it looks! And don’t miss our display in Collections Cove of nests and other natural items that showcase engineering in nature.
Be a part of original computer science research led by Hyun Soo Park from the College of Science & Engineering—all you have to do is dance in front of his motion capture cameras! Park’s team of computer scientists will turn the video data captured into 3D models to create and improve AI systems that might have applications from entertainment to health monitoring.
Solution Studio Revisited
Scientists use creativity every day. Meet researchers from the University of Minnesota who are using their imagination to solve real challenges facing people and the planet.
In the Solution Studio, let your creativity run wild as you work to solve challenges inspired by this cutting edge research. We provide the materials and tools, you bring the big ideas and a willingness to explore, create, experiment, and share!
In the Nucleus, try out three featured activities from our Solution Studio exhibit: Select, Sample, and Navigate. Details below!
Using drones and sensors, Haghighattalab's team can quickly scan test fields for desirable traits. How quickly can you sort plant traits?
Select the Traits
—Atena Haghighattalab, Department of Plant Pathology
The UMN research team behind the FIELDS instrument aboard NASA’s Parker Solar Probe had to navigate a number of trade-offs during the design phase to keep the instrument working and the mission on track. Can you get a spacecraft to the Sun?
Navigate a Spacecraft
—Keith Goetz, Cynthia Cattell, and John Wygant, School of Physics and Astronomy
Austin uses buoys and drones to gather data that helps us better understand this complicated lake ecosystem. Can you build a structure to gather data for Solution Lake?
Sample Solution Lake
— Jay Austin, UMD Large Lakes Observatory
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