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Science & Nature Conference
Science & Nature Conference
Tue, October 26, 2021
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THIS EVENT IS 100% FREE!

This conference gives students an academic enrichment experience that allows them to delve deeper into the science and nature topics they love. It is designed to expose students to a vast variety of topics and delivers highly educational hands-on sessions. Students will attend a keynote session and then three breakout sessions of their choice.

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Event Date
OCT
26
TUESDAY
Registration Closes
October 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Location
Address
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 West College Avenue
St. Peter, MN  USA
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registration fees
Adult Chaperone (free attendance)
Adult Chaperone (free attendance)
 

Adult chaperones attend free of charge. Please allow students priority seating in sessions. If there is space available, you may join a session.

 
Student Registration Fee
Student Registration Fee
$ 39.00 
 
 
session 1 options (10:05–11 a.m.)
Floating Magnet Car Fun
Floating Magnet Car Fun
0/22 LEFT  

Learn the basics of magnetism and magnetic lift as you assemble your own magnetic levitation car, race it to the finish and take it home!

 
Identify, Imagine, Invent
Identify, Imagine, Invent
1/18 LEFT  

Students will be challenged to change the way they look at the world. Think and problem-solve like an inventor as we identify problems, brainstorm solutions and design inventions. Students will have the option to brainstorm together in groups or individually, but everyone will get to draw up their own blueprints and build their own prototype out of everyday items.

 
It's Not Magic, It's Science
It's Not Magic, It's Science
0/28 LEFT  

Join wacky professor Jerry Wenzel as he demonstrates science concepts in a fun and easy to understand way. You will be amazed at what appears to be magic but is really science. This will be an unforgettable science learning experience that will have you asking for more. Who knows, he may even shrink wrap you!

 
Stream Flow Fun
Stream Flow Fun
0/15 LEFT  
Tuesday Oct 26, 2021 @  10:05:AM  —  11:00:AM CDT

Come learn all about how streams move and change! Experience the hands-on learning of a stream table to investigate how stream channel and watershed landscape changes affect stream flow, water quality and stream biology.

 
Phun Physics
Phun Physics
0/29 LEFT  
Tuesday Oct 26, 2021 @  10:05:AM  —  11:00:AM CDT

Be informed and wowed by the wonder of the everyday world in the areas of light, sound, heat and energy. 

 
Animals Nobody Loves
Animals Nobody Loves
0/28 LEFT  

It’s slimy! It’s gross! It’s dirty! Some Minnesota animals have reputations they do not deserve. We will investigate why some animals are considered “unlovable” including snakes, spiders, skunks, porcupines and owls – oh my! Live animals will join us for this presentation.

 
Learn Science by Doing Science!
Learn Science by Doing Science!
0/24 LEFT  

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! Through exciting hands-on experiments this session will activate your curiosity and expand your imagination.

 
Super Circuits
Super Circuits
0/25 LEFT  

Experiment with the components of simple circuits – power, loads and switches. Construct and wire a motor-powered fan to take home!

 
Seed Science
Seed Science
0/20 LEFT  

How do the smallest seeds grow into the tallest trees? Students will dissect a seed to see its different parts and learn about dispersal methods before designing their own seed to disperse.

 
Ecosystem Exploration
Ecosystem Exploration
0/28 LEFT  

Join us as we “travel” through Minnesota’s biomes and discover the relationships among plants and animals within each environment. Through participation, games and live-animal observations, engage with Bell Museum educators to gain a better understanding of local ecosystems. Learn some fascinating ways that animals have adapted to survive in their environments, hear from University of Minnesota researchers and leave the session with ways you can make positive effects on ecosystems near you.

 
Mysteries of the Minnesota River Valley
Mysteries of the Minnesota River Valley
0/21 LEFT  

Freshwater lamprey? Mooneye fish? What’s your dish?! We’ll have specimens, artifacts, historical items and stories galore to share the “secrets” of some of the critters common to, but often unnoticed, in the Minnesota River sandbars and mudflats. Hear about the discovery of a wooly mammoth femur right here in the Minnesota River Valley!

 
Make the Stars Your Old Friends
Make the Stars Your Old Friends
0/28 LEFT  

Get to know the universe that is available every clear night from your backyard. Learn how to find constellations and the legendary and fun stories about them. Discover what you see with binoculars, a small telescope and just your unaided eyes. A giant telescope will be available for “landgazing.” 

 
Sensational Slime and Not So Slimy Snakes
Sensational Slime and Not So Slimy Snakes
0/20 LEFT  

Science allows us to explore extremes, similarities and differences. Experience the tactile joy of stupendously stretchy slime and be amazed that the skin of snakes and reptiles are not slimy at all. In this session we will dig into science by making slime, learning its relationships to everyday polymers and still have enough time for a fun project about snakes and reptiles from your back yard to across the world!

 
The Remarkable Reptiles
The Remarkable Reptiles
0/28 LEFT  

Learn about all five groups of living reptiles, including all three of Minnesota’s threatened species. This fast-paced, lively program includes turtles, lizards, snakes and more! 

 
The Bug Show
The Bug Show
0/28 LEFT  

The Bug Show is a unique, hands-on session where you can examine and handle an assortment of live and preserved arthropods. Use as many of your senses as you feel comfortable to learn about the mysterious world of bugs! See some of the weirdest, wackiest bugs ever! Hear funny stories about bugs and learn about the many unique (and comical) ways insects protect themselves. A special bug snack will be available…if you’re willing to use your sense of taste! 

 
Become a Birdbrain Like Me
Become a Birdbrain Like Me
0/27 LEFT  

Use your birdbrain and your imagination to design and name a bird while you learn about birds.

 
Experimenting with the Eye
Experimenting with the Eye
0/28 LEFT  

Examine the structures of your eyes, from back to front. Explore through various experiments on peripheral vision, blind spots, afterimages, focal length, light response and more!



 
Intro to STEM through Examples
Intro to STEM through Examples
0/21 LEFT  

Explore STEM through examples of LEGO Robotics projects, "mathemagic," simulations, logic and trivia!

 
Static Electricity
Static Electricity
0/29 LEFT  

Join us for this energizing experience with static electricity. Learn about electricity by experiencing its effects, asking questions and creating your own experiments to try.

 
 
session 2 options (11:35 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)
Floating Magnet Car Fun 2
Floating Magnet Car Fun 2
0/22 LEFT  

Learn the basics of magnetism and magnetic lift as you assemble your own magnetic levitation car, race it to the finish and take it home!

 
Identify, Imagine, Invent 2
Identify, Imagine, Invent 2
1/18 LEFT  

Students will be challenged to change the way they look at the world. Think and problem-solve like an inventor as we identify problems, brainstorm solutions and design inventions. Students will have the option to brainstorm together in groups or individually, but everyone will get to draw up their own blueprints and build their own prototype out of everyday items.

 
It's Not Magic, It's Science 2
It's Not Magic, It's Science 2
0/28 LEFT  

Join wacky professor Jerry Wenzel as he demonstrates science concepts in a fun and easy to understand way. You will be amazed at what appears to be magic but is really science. This will be an unforgettable science learning experience that will have you asking for more. Who knows, he may even shrink wrap you!

 
Stream Flow Fun 2
Stream Flow Fun 2
0/15 LEFT  
Tuesday Oct 26, 2021 @  10:05:AM  —  11:00:AM CDT

Come learn all about how streams move and change! Experience the hands-on learning of a stream table to investigate how stream channel and watershed landscape changes affect stream flow, water quality and stream biology.

 
Phun Physics 2
Phun Physics 2
0/29 LEFT  

Be informed and wowed by the wonder of the everyday world in the areas of light, sound, heat and energy. 

 
Animals Nobody Loves 2
Animals Nobody Loves 2
0/28 LEFT  

It’s slimy! It’s gross! It’s dirty! Some Minnesota animals have reputations they do not deserve. We will investigate why some animals are considered “unlovable” including snakes, spiders, skunks, porcupines and owls – oh my! Live animals will join us for this presentation.

 
Learn Science by Doing Science! 2
Learn Science by Doing Science! 2
0/24 LEFT  

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! Through exciting hands-on experiments this session will activate your curiosity and expand your imagination.

 
Super Circuits 2
Super Circuits 2
0/26 LEFT  

Experiment with the components of simple circuits – power, loads and switches. Construct and wire a motor-powered fan to take home!

 
Seed Science 2
Seed Science 2
0/20 LEFT  

How do the smallest seeds grow into the tallest trees? Students will dissect a seed to see its different parts and learn about dispersal methods before designing their own seed to disperse.

 
Ecosystem Exploration 2
Ecosystem Exploration 2
0/28 LEFT  

Join us as we “travel” through Minnesota’s biomes and discover the relationships among plants and animals within each environment. Through participation, games and live-animal observations, engage with Bell Museum educators to gain a better understanding of local ecosystems. Learn some fascinating ways that animals have adapted to survive in their environments, hear from University of Minnesota researchers and leave the session with ways you can make positive effects on ecosystems near you.

 
Mysteries of the Minnesota River Valley 2
Mysteries of the Minnesota River Valley 2
0/21 LEFT  

Freshwater lamprey? Mooneye fish? What’s your dish?! We’ll have specimens, artifacts, historical items and stories galore to share the “secrets” of some of the critters common to, but often unnoticed, in the Minnesota River sandbars and mudflats. Hear about the discovery of a wooly mammoth femur right here in the Minnesota River Valley!

 
Make the Stars Your Old Friends 2
Make the Stars Your Old Friends 2
0/29 LEFT  

Get to know the universe that is available every clear night from your backyard. Learn how to find constellations and the legendary and fun stories about them. Discover what you see with binoculars, a small telescope and just your unaided eyes. A giant telescope will be available for “landgazing.” 

 
Sensational Slime and Not So Slimy Snakes 2
Sensational Slime and Not So Slimy Snakes 2
0/20 LEFT  

Science allows us to explore extremes, similarities and differences. Experience the tactile joy of stupendously stretchy slime and be amazed that the skin of snakes and reptiles are not slimy at all. In this session we will dig into science by making slime, learning its relationships to everyday polymers and still have enough time for a fun project about snakes and reptiles from your back yard to across the world!

 
The Remarkable Reptiles 2
The Remarkable Reptiles 2
0/29 LEFT  

Learn about all five groups of living reptiles, including all three of Minnesota’s threatened species. This fast-paced, lively program includes turtles, lizards, snakes and more! 

 
The Bug Show 2
The Bug Show 2
0/28 LEFT  

The Bug Show is a unique, hands-on session where you can examine and handle an assortment of live and preserved arthropods. Use as many of your senses as you feel comfortable to learn about the mysterious world of bugs! See some of the weirdest, wackiest bugs ever! Hear funny stories about bugs and learn about the many unique (and comical) ways insects protect themselves. A special bug snack will be available…if you’re willing to use your sense of taste! 

 
Become a Birdbrain Like Me 2
Become a Birdbrain Like Me 2
0/27 LEFT  

Use your birdbrain and your imagination to design and name a bird while you learn about birds.

 
Experimenting with the Eye 2
Experimenting with the Eye 2
0/28 LEFT  

Examine the structures of your eyes, from back to front. Explore through various experiments on peripheral vision, blind spots, afterimages, focal length, light response and more!



 
Intro to STEM through Examples 2
Intro to STEM through Examples 2
0/20 LEFT  

Explore STEM through examples of LEGO Robotics projects, "mathemagic," simulations, logic and trivia!

 
Static Electricity 2
Static Electricity 2
0/28 LEFT  

Join us for this energizing experience with static electricity. Learn about electricity by experiencing its effects, asking questions and creating your own experiments to try.

 
 
session 3 options (12:40–1:35 p.m.)
Floating Magnet Car Fun 3
Floating Magnet Car Fun 3
0/23 LEFT  

Learn the basics of magnetism and magnetic lift as you assemble your own magnetic levitation car, race it to the finish and take it home!

 
Identify, Imagine, Invent 3
Identify, Imagine, Invent 3
3/18 LEFT  

Students will be challenged to change the way they look at the world. Think and problem-solve like an inventor as we identify problems, brainstorm solutions and design inventions. Students will have the option to brainstorm together in groups or individually, but everyone will get to draw up their own blueprints and build their own prototype out of everyday items.

 
It's Not Magic, It's Science 3
It's Not Magic, It's Science 3
0/28 LEFT  

Join wacky professor Jerry Wenzel as he demonstrates science concepts in a fun and easy to understand way. You will be amazed at what appears to be magic but is really science. This will be an unforgettable science learning experience that will have you asking for more. Who knows, he may even shrink wrap you!

 
Stream Flow Fun 3
Stream Flow Fun 3
0/15 LEFT  
Tuesday Oct 26, 2021 @  10:05:AM  —  11:00:AM CDT

Come learn all about how streams move and change! Experience the hands-on learning of a stream table to investigate how stream channel and watershed landscape changes affect stream flow, water quality and stream biology.

 
Phun Physics 3
Phun Physics 3
0/29 LEFT  

Be informed and wowed by the wonder of the everyday world in the areas of light, sound, heat and energy. 

 
Animals Nobody Loves 3
Animals Nobody Loves 3
0/28 LEFT  

It’s slimy! It’s gross! It’s dirty! Some Minnesota animals have reputations they do not deserve. We will investigate why some animals are considered “unlovable” including snakes, spiders, skunks, porcupines and owls – oh my! Live animals will join us for this presentation.

 
Learn Science by Doing Science! 3
Learn Science by Doing Science! 3
0/24 LEFT  

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! Through exciting hands-on experiments this session will activate your curiosity and expand your imagination.

 
Super Circuits 3
Super Circuits 3
0/25 LEFT  

Experiment with the components of simple circuits – power, loads and switches. Construct and wire a motor-powered fan to take home!

 
Seed Science 3
Seed Science 3
0/20 LEFT  

How do the smallest seeds grow into the tallest trees? Students will dissect a seed to see its different parts and learn about dispersal methods before designing their own seed to disperse.

 
Ecosystem Exploration 3
Ecosystem Exploration 3
0/25 LEFT  

Join us as we “travel” through Minnesota’s biomes and discover the relationships among plants and animals within each environment. Through participation, games and live-animal observations, engage with Bell Museum educators to gain a better understanding of local ecosystems. Learn some fascinating ways that animals have adapted to survive in their environments, hear from University of Minnesota researchers and leave the session with ways you can make positive effects on ecosystems near you.

 
Mysteries of the Minnesota River Valley 3
Mysteries of the Minnesota River Valley 3
0/21 LEFT  

Freshwater lamprey? Mooneye fish? What’s your dish?! We’ll have specimens, artifacts, historical items and stories galore to share the “secrets” of some of the critters common to, but often unnoticed, in the Minnesota River sandbars and mudflats. Hear about the discovery of a wooly mammoth femur right here in the Minnesota River Valley!

 
Make the Stars Your Old Friends 3
Make the Stars Your Old Friends 3
0/28 LEFT  

Get to know the universe that is available every clear night from your backyard. Learn how to find constellations and the legendary and fun stories about them. Discover what you see with binoculars, a small telescope and just your unaided eyes. A giant telescope will be available for “landgazing.” 

 
Sensational Slime and Not So Slimy Snakes 3
Sensational Slime and Not So Slimy Snakes 3
0/20 LEFT  

Science allows us to explore extremes, similarities and differences. Experience the tactile joy of stupendously stretchy slime and be amazed that the skin of snakes and reptiles are not slimy at all. In this session we will dig into science by making slime, learning its relationships to everyday polymers and still have enough time for a fun project about snakes and reptiles from your back yard to across the world!

 
The Remarkable Reptiles 3
The Remarkable Reptiles 3
0/28 LEFT  

Learn about all five groups of living reptiles, including all three of Minnesota’s threatened species. This fast-paced, lively program includes turtles, lizards, snakes and more! 

 
The Bug Show 3
The Bug Show 3
0/28 LEFT  

The Bug Show is a unique, hands-on session where you can examine and handle an assortment of live and preserved arthropods. Use as many of your senses as you feel comfortable to learn about the mysterious world of bugs! See some of the weirdest, wackiest bugs ever! Hear funny stories about bugs and learn about the many unique (and comical) ways insects protect themselves. A special bug snack will be available…if you’re willing to use your sense of taste! 

 
Become a Birdbrain Like Me 3
Become a Birdbrain Like Me 3
0/27 LEFT  

Use your birdbrain and your imagination to design and name a bird while you learn about birds.

 
Experimenting with the Eye 3
Experimenting with the Eye 3
0/28 LEFT  

Examine the structures of your eyes, from back to front. Explore through various experiments on peripheral vision, blind spots, afterimages, focal length, light response and more!



 
Intro to STEM through Examples 3
Intro to STEM through Examples 3
0/22 LEFT  

Explore STEM through examples of LEGO Robotics projects, "mathemagic," simulations, logic and trivia!

 
Static Electricity 3
Static Electricity 3
0/28 LEFT  

Join us for this energizing experience with static electricity. Learn about electricity by experiencing its effects, asking questions and creating your own experiments to try.

 
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