U of M hosts free Math and Science Family Fun Fair on Saturday, Nov. 21

Fascinating activities plus hands-on exhibits and entertaining presentations add up to a day of fun and learning at the University of Minnesota’s annual Math and Science Family Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, at the University’s Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public. Free U of M string backpacks will be given away to the first 1,000 kids while supplies last.

Sponsored by the University’s College of Science and Engineering, the Math and Science Family Fun Fair features more than 35 entertaining, hands-on math and science experiences for kids of all ages. Attendees can make their own earthquakes, control robots, build rockets, see brains, play Operation Goldy, uncover monsters of the microworld and explore the night sky in the Bell Museum’s ExploraDome.

Performances by the Physics Force and the Energy and U group highlight experiments where air pressure crushes a 55-gallon steel drum and energy is explained through screaming gummy bears, explosions and flames. A Mystery Science Lab explores the oddities of science that defy gravity and literally make your hair stand on end.

“This event is for families with kids of all ages, especially kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, who will have a chance to see the excitement that a career in science, engineering and mathematics provides,” said College of Science and Engineering Assistant Dean Susan Kubitschek.

For more information, including directions, parking and a full schedule of shows and exhibits, visit cse.umn.edu/funfair.


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