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Related Link: Department of Physics Science at the Market

For the seventh year, the University of Illinois Department of Physics is bringing "Science at the Market" on selected Saturday mornings to Urbana's Market at the Square. Various U of I and other experts will be on hand each week with demonstrations illustrating the science they represent and to answer questions from the public about the researchers' disciplines.
For example, you may learn about:

  • What birds and other animals live in Champaign-Urbana parks
  • Floating superconductors
  • Solar flares via solar telescopes
  • Pants that don't stain thanks to nanotechnology
  • 3-D printing by the Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL)
  • Lizards and other animals shown by the Graduate Students in
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (GEEB)
  • And a lot about bees, bumblebees, and pollination on Polinators' Saturdays

July 2016 Schedule:

  • July 9, 2016: Anita Purves Nature Center, Urbana Park District
  • July 16, 2016: The University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST)
  • July 23, 2016: The University of Illinois Astronomy Department
  • July 30 , 2016: The University of Illinois Mechanical Science and Engineering

Related Link: Second Annual BeeBlitz

Join us on Saturday, June 25, 2016 for the second annual BeeBlitz, taking place at the end of National Pollinator Week!

All residents of Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio are invited to canvas their backyards and neighborhoods for bees, snap some pics, and upload them to BeeSpotter on Saturday, June 25th. The name BeeBlitz is derived from a BioBlitz, an activity in which all of the biodiversity in a specific area is examined, to provide a snapshot in time of the flora and fauna present. BeeSpotter wants to know what species of honey & bumble bees are seen, and where they are, on the 25th. We encourage veteran and aspiring bee spotters alike to venture out on a nature walk and participate in the blitz.

You can find us at the Pollinatarium on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 10AM - 11AM for the BeeBlitz! The University of Illinois Pollinatarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. It's surrounded by prairie, so it's the perfect place to spot some bees! The Pollinatarium is located at 606 W Windsor Rd, Urbana, IL 61801.

(The rain date for the Pollinatarium BeeBlitz will be June 26th also at 10am. Date changes will be posted on the BeeBlitz page and Facebook event, if necessary)

Whether you're joining us at the Pollinatarium, coordinating a BeeBlitz in your own area, or venturing out on your own, we'd like to know about it! Let us know about your plans!


The 2016 Girls' Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) Camp began this week at the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science. GAMES is an annual week long camp designed to give academically talented high school girls an oppurtunity to explore exciting engineering and scientific fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contacts with women in these technical fields.

MSTE's own Jana Sebestik, Sammy Lindgren, and Lizzie Diamond have developed and coordinated the Computer Science track for this summer's GAMES camp. They'll be showing campers how to write code to construct their own wearable tech or electronic art, investigate topics in digital forensics and creative content, and how to develop their own apps for Android mobile devices!


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