Math plus science equals 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. 17, 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 backpack giveaways at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Event parking is $6.
The Family Fun Fair features more than 30 entertaining, hands-on math and science experiences for kids of all ages. Attendees can hold a meteorite, make their own earthquakes, control robots, see brains of various animals, explore the night sky in the ExploraDome, and discover hidden microworlds.
Performances by the Physics Force and the Energy and U group highlight experiments where air pressure crushes a 55-gallon steel drum, ping pong balls can pierce through cans and energy is explained through screaming gummy bears, explosions and flames. A Mystery Science Lab explores the oddities of science with eggs that neither float nor sink, a levitating globe and water flowing with no source.
“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 Dorothy Cheng, outreach coordinator for the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering.
For more information, including directions, parking and a schedule of shows and exhibits, visitwww.cse.umn.edu/funfair.