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Math & Science Family Fun Fair this Saturday

This Saturday, November 13, the Math & Science Family Fun Fair will be held in Coffman Memorial Union. This is a free event for anyone interested in math and science. It begins at 10 a.m. and the first 750 people to arrive will receive free U of M backpacks!

The fair will feature hands-on exhibits and science-based presentations for students of all ages. I am excited to see the "Mystery Science Room," a new exhibit this year. It will be presented as a haunted laboratory and with spooky demonstrations. 

Student groups from the College of Science and Engineering will have exhibits, too.  Engineers without Borders, the U of M Steel Bridge Competition Team, and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers will be there showcasing some of their groups' projects.

Physics Force will be performing at 10:30 a.m. and at noon in the Coffman Theater. This group is made up of local high school teachers and faculty from the School of Physics and Astronomy. They perform fascinating physics demonstrations; I learned some new tricks when I saw them last month.

There will also be a session by the Department of Chemistry called "Energy and U," which will explore different types of energy, how you can get it, where you can get it, and how you can store it. They will talk about the challenges that energy presents and their session (like every good chemistry demonstration) will include explosions, bright flashes, and flames! "Energy and U" will be performed twice--at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m in Coffman Theater.

Here are some of the exhibits I'm most excited to check out:

Uniting Water and People, presented by the students of Engineers Without Borders 

EWB is working with a community in Guatemala to get clean drinking water to their homes.

Sound Sandwiches, presented by The Works

This exhibit explores sound and vibration. Visitors can make their own wind instruments to make silly sounds.

Dam Busters, presented by the National Center for Eath-surface Dynamics (NCED)/Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL)

Learn about dam removal and river restoration projects performed by NCED and SAFL.  See a scale model of a current project at the Elwha River in Washington state where U of M scientists are researching the best ways to remove the dam without damaging the ecosystem.

Bridge Making, presented by the U of M Steel Bridge team

Build a model bridge from only newspaper and toothpicks! You will have 30 minutes to construct a bridge which will be tested for strength by members of the U of M's own Steel Bridge Competition Team.

Papermaking, presented by the U of M Bioproducts/Biosystems Engineering Student Chapter

Learn how to make paper from three types of fibers: white, recycled newspaper, and recycled cardboard boxes. You can make your own paper, and take it home with you!

I hope to see you there!

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