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Family Science Days - Day 2

  • Feb 16, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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Family Science Days is free and hands-on fun for the whole family.
February 15-16, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Meet the Scientists! Schedule

Saturday, February 15

11:30 a.m.
Climate Change and Chicago’s Critters, Plants, and People
Animalia Project/Chicago Wilderness

12:00 p.m.
Don’t Choke: Getting It Right Under Pressure
Sian Beilock
Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago

12:30 p.m.
Your Brain on Video Games
Daphne Bavelier
Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester and University of Geneva

1:00 p.m.
The Power of the Crowd
Adler Planetarium

1:30 p.m.
The Power of Wind!
Argonne National Labs

2:00 p.m.
Teaching Computers to Make the World Better
Rayid Ghani
Research Director, Computation Institute, University of Chicago

2:30 p.m.
Mr. Freeze!
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

3:00 p.m.
Art Meets Science: Picasso at the Nanoscale
Volker Rose
Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory

3:30 p.m.
Cloudy with a 50% Chance of Precipitation
How the Weather Works

4:00 p.m.
The Mysteries of Mass and Matter
Marcela Carena
Senior Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Professor of Physics,
University of Chicago

Sunday, February 16

11:30 a.m.
Feces Save Species
Rachel Santymire
Director, Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology, Lincoln Park Zoo

12:00 p.m.
Cheetah-inspired Running Robots: Learning from Nature
Sangbae Kim
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

12:30 p.m.
Science Savvy & Experimental Ingenuity
University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center

1:00 p.m.
The Power of the Crowd
Adler Planetarium

1:30 p.m.
World Numbers: A Sensory Tour

2:00 p.m.
Wacky Weather and the Melting Arctic: Are They Connected?
Jennifer Francis
Research Professor, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University

2:30 p.m.
It’s Not Magic, It’s Science
Northern Illinois University STEM Outreach

3:00 p.m.
Future Energy: Taking On Humankind’s Greatest Challenge
Seth Darling
Scientist, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory

3:30 p.m.
Computer Science Magic
Illinois Computes

4:00 p.m.
Active Explorer

Family Science Days Exhibitor List

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Adler Planetarium

American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)

Animalia Project

Argonne National Laboratory

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)-Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Computer Science, and Women in Science & Engineering

Baxter International Inc.- Science@Work and Office of STEM Education Partnerships- Northwestern University

Brookfield Zoo

Elmhurst College Chemistry Department

Chicago Academy of Sciences and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Public Schools (CPS)

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

How The Weatherworks

iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center

Illinois Computes/Loyola University

Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL)

John G. Shedd Aquarium

Lincoln Park Zoo

Mind Trekkers

Middle School Teacher Quality Enrichment (MSQTE), Northeastern Illinois University

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI)

National User Facility Organization (NUFO)

Northeastern Illinois University Society of Physics Students (SPS)

Northern Illinois University (NIU) STEM Outreach

Northwestern University Science in Society (SiS)


Project Exploration

THE THINK TANK at University of Chicago

University of Wisconsin-Madison Biotechnology Center

University of Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (UW MRSEC)

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  • Bobby L. N.

    Very inspiring for the kids. Learned of many science programs that youths can involve themselves in.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Ed S.

    It was great!!! I made lots of new connections :)

    1 · February 16, 2014

    • Ronnie


      February 16, 2014

  • sharan

    Attended the exhibit floor all day and a couple of the sessions, enjoyed it a great deal!

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Marlene

    Unfortunately, we couldn't make it yesterday. Myself and two children (10 & 12) will be there at about noon. We are very excited - thank you for sharing the info.

    February 16, 2014

  • Bob K.

    How do we identify each other / find each other at a large event like this?

    February 15, 2014

  • Bob K.

    I'll also be there for the IPSEC seminar on Wednesday and Thursday if any one else is going to that.

    February 9, 2014

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