All about Robots
Learn all about building and programming robots with coaches from the Haslett Robotics Club. They will demonstrate LEGO and VEX robots and you will find out why critical thinking and problem-solving skills are so important in robotics.
Learn about the language of some of your favorite animals. In this activity you will explore different types of animal communication and hear a live demonstration from zebra finches.
Beautiful Color of Plants and Flowers
Look, feel, and learn about beautiful plants. Find out what is known about why plants have certain colors and why they are so diverse and learn how plant scientists measure color pigments.
Debunk the myth that we only use 10% of our brain! We will demonstrate how neuronal circuits work and how different parts of the brain are connected. It will be like stepping into a large brain!
Let your creativity loose while learning about the ecological role that insects play in nature. Use live insect larvae as paint brushes to create a one of a kind painting. Then challenge yourself to a unique aquatic insect puzzle while learning about their role in the ecosystem.
Extract your own DNA! Learn about DNA and how scientists extract it in the lab. You will even get to practice translation by spelling your initials using the genetic code.
Like real forensic anthropologists, you will analyze replicas of human bones to see what can be learned about a person from their skeleton. You will also learn how to interpret blood spatter patterns, and make some blood spatter of their own!
Learn how electricity and magnetism are related to each other with racing magnets in Lenz’s Law Tubes and with a Ring Shooter. See how superconductors can levitate above permanent magnets when cooled with liquid nitrogen.
On the Ground or In the Air
Design your own orchid while learning about the differences between ground plants and epiphytic plants. Epiphytic plants grow non-parasitically upon other plants!
Reversing Your Tastebuds
Why do your favorite foods taste like they do? Learn about how your taste buds work and why different flavors are important. Then see your tastebuds turned upside-down with a cool trick.
Skulls and Spots
Learn to identify carnivores and determine their evolutionary history based on their skulls. Then find out how researchers use spot patterns to identify individual hyenas in order to study their behavior.
Smashing Time with Nuclei
Get hands-on with a model “nucleus” that you can accelerate and smash to make isotopes that don’t exist on Earth, but might be made in stars. Try several demonstrations that simulate the research done in MSU’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (and future Facility for Rare Isotope Beams)!
Help solve a mystery while learning about non-invasive sample collection, DNA extraction and amplification, and visualization of DNA by gel electrophoresis. Run your own gel using dye from Skittles.
Your Heart Health
Find out how hard your heat has to work to move fluid through your arteries with a hands on model. Then see what clogging your arteries with plaque does to your heart. Design an experiment to try to “unclog” the artery.