April 22 | 9 am - 1 pm
Join us at the Nebraska Science Festival Expo and participate in fun and engaging hands-on learning opportunities. There will be a wide variety of booths to promote science and its impact in our everyday lives.
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Tickets required for free admission.
Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club
Can you use the energy from your body to power light bulbs? Find out with our bicycle-powered generator, which will allow children to pedal a bicycle to power light bulbs of different varieties. Discover how much power it takes to run older style incandescent bulbs, as compared to CFL and LED lights. Hands-on demos will show SciFest fans how to generate small amounts of electricity with magnets and coils, and we will discuss how passing magnets through coils of wire can generate an electric field.
Stop by the Brownell Talbot booth and examine various phenomena associated with flight - concepts ranging from density to Bernoulli’s principle. Students will receive instructions for building a paper rocket powered by compress air, and can register to win a Celestron digital microscope. Information for a mini-science camp on May 13 also will be available.
Plants, zebrafish and chickens all develop in ways that help us better understand our own development and growth. Look under a microscope to see how seeds form and the initial heart beats of live zebrafish and chicken embryos.
Creighton University's Energy Technology program
SciFest fans of all ages will discover a variety of hands-on, renewable energy-related activities. Through interaction, they also will develop a better understanding of the world of renewable energy and learn practical ideas for energy conservation at one's home or business.
The Giggle Farm
Author Christopher J. McLucas uses science fact to showcase how mixing primary colors can deliver the entire spectrum at your disposal.
Joslyn Art Museum
Watch paint bounce off the walls of Joslyn's P.P.U (Pigment Projectile Unit) and learn how to use the power of contained gas to making a glowing piece of abstract art.
Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari
We will highlight our ongoing Citizen Science Projects which includes Chytrid testing on frogs and conservation awareness of the monarch butterfly using monarch tagging and the creation of monarch waystations. We will demonstrate the process of swabbing frogs for the Chytrid fungus and display and talk about monarch tagging. Using preserved butterflies, we will show the location of tags and what information is collected and how it is used. We also will hand out milkweed seeds and decorate biodegradable plant pots for students/visitors to take home to create their monarch waystations.
McGoogan Library of Medicine
View and interact with historical medical instruments from the Special Collections at the McGoogan Library of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and compare their use with modern day medical instruments.
Metropolitan Utilities District
Stop by our booth to see a fun demonstration about natural gas and learn where it comes from, how it works and how it serves the public. M.U.D. serves natural gas and safe drinking water to the metro Omaha area.
Nebraska Eclipse 2017
Learn more about the total solar eclipse – a once in a lifetime experience – set to take place Aug. 21, 2017. Incredible viewing experiences are being planned in communities all across Nebraska within the path of totality, from Alliance in the west to Falls City in the east. Find out more about these eclipse viewing opportunities and why no one should miss being in the path of totality.
National Weather Service
Join us for an informative and interactive display that engages adults and children regarding weather safety. There will be a display demonstrating lightning, a working flood model, videos on weather, photos of various weather phenomena and various weather instruments.
Learn about the world of enzymes and their super hero capabilities. SciFest fans will participate in a hands-on experiment using hydrogen peroxide and baker’s yeast. H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) constantly undergoes a reaction in which it breaks down into H2O (water) and O2 (oxygen). The reaction happens so slowly it is not noticeable to the naked eye. Using baker’s yeast (which contains the enzyme catalase) speeds up this reaction. The result: a frothy educational experiment kids will enjoy.
Omaha Astronomical Society
Indoors, you will interact with amateur astronomical telescopes, astronomy-related posters/periodicals and interactive astronomy programs/videos. Then, head outdoors and peer into telescopes with safe solar filters that enable you to observe the Sun from the upper parking lot of The Durham Museum (weather permitting). Astronomy-related educational handouts also will be available.
Omaha Public Library
Omaha Public Library brings hands-on exploration of some of the programming that we offer. Demonstrations vary during the day and may feature ozobots, cubelets, snap circuits and more. Learn, too, about the different STEM programs we have planned this spring and summer.
REASON, a pro-science activist group, has arranged for Festival participants to be entertained and stimulate the minds of young and old alike with an amazing array of science toys from Fat Brain Toys.
Looking for new activities to inspire your child outside of school? Robotics for Kids uses fun, hands-on projects to get their creative juices flowing. Children will learn how to build and program robots with LEGO® bricks and software — all while making friends, developing new skills and having a great time with STEM.
University of Nebraska State Museum
Help the University of Nebraska State Museum celebrate the opening of Guts & Glory: A Parasite Story by making your own colorful parasite! Learn about the most common mode of life on Earth—parasitism. Hook, suck, or dig your way into the parasite/host relationship while making a parasitic worm using beads and pipe cleaners.
UNL College of Engineering
Explore the amazing world of engineering with engaging and exciting engineering activities.
UNMC Human Genetics Laboratory
Learn about genetics in a fun and approachable way. Attendees will use gummy worm "chromosomes" to karyotype (organize them to identify extra chromosomes, missing chromosomes, atypical chromosomes). We also will discuss how this activity relates to the real-life karyotyping that is performed to diagnose various cancers and other genetic disorders.
The UNMC Medical Student Chapter of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Interested in neuroscience and brain health? Then, don’t miss the UNMC Medical Student Chapter of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons brain health booth! We’ll have interactive demonstrations on how helmets protect the brain, spine and brain anatomy, and what the brain looks like under a microscope.
UNO Maverick Club for Bioinformatics
UNO's Maverick Club for Bioinformatics will provide bioinformatics-related activities for children to encourage an interest in biological computing. MCBI will offer bracelet making to explain the concept of DNA.