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June 2015 Science at the Market

Posted on: 6/18/2015 8:25 AM
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For another 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 at 400 S. Vine Street, Urbana, IL. 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:

  • how to save billions of gallons of water and how to dispose of medications without spoiling our drinking water from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)
  • floating superconductors on the Physics days
  • solar flares via solar telescopes on the Staerkel Planetarium days
  • pants that don't stain on nanotechnology days
  • 3-D printers on the Institute for Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL) days
  • a blue tongued lizard on Graduate Students in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (GEEB) days
  • and a lot about bees, bumblebees and pollination in June, on the Pollinators Saturdays


June 2015 Schedule:

  • June 6, 2015: Pollinators Saturday
  • June 13, 2015: Pollinators Saturday
  • June 20, 2015: Pollinators Saturday
  • June 27, 2015: The University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST)

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Department of Physics Science at the Market

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2015 BeeBlitz

Posted on: 6/17/2015 1:53 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ BeeSpotter ] [ Outreach ] [ Science ]

Join other citizen scientists on Sunday, June 21, 2015 for the first annual BeeBlitz, taking place on the last day 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 Sunday, June 21st. 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 bees are seen, and where they are, on the 21st, which is also Father’s Day. BeeSpotter encourages veteran and aspiring bee spotters alike to take dear old dad on a nature walk and participate in the blitz.

BeeSpotter will also be partnering with parks, schools, museums, and zoos to offer local BeeBlitz events in as many communities as possible.

Computational Thinking K-8 Workshop

Posted on: 6/3/2015 10:09 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ]

Purpose of this workshop is to introduce middle school teachers to programming with Scratch. At the same time, we hope to broaden the community of practice around Computational Thinking (CT) in Unit 4 Schools. The agenda will include an introduction to programming in Scratch, an update on the work of the Kenwood Elementary School's work with CT, and time to explore and share ideas. Workshop takes place on Monday, June 8th at the U of I Extension 4-H Offices (located at 201 W Kenyon Rd, Suite 2, Champaign, IL). Participation is limited to Unit 4 teachers.

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Buffon's Needle Activity Receives Media Attention

Posted on: 6/3/2015 9:09 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Math ] [ Resources ]

MSTE's online Buffon's Needle activity recently received a spike in web traffic from being referenced in Cracked.com's May 19 article 6 Insane True Statistics That Laugh In The Face Of Logic. The experiment involves dropping needles on a specially-marked sheet of paper and directly relating the probability of certain landing positions to the value of pi.

This mention coincides with an update to the simulation so you can now conduct the experiment with shapes other than needles. You can try the activity yourself using any up-to-date web browser.

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Buffon's Needle Activity

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June 2015 Science at the Market

Posted on: 6/2/2015 10:17 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Outreach ] [ Science ]

For another 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 at 400 S. Vine Street, Urbana, IL. 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:

  • how to save billions of gallons of water and how to dispose of medications without spoiling our drinking water from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)
  • floating superconductors on the Physics days
  • solar flares via solar telescopes on the Staerkel Planetarium days
  • pants that don't stain on nanotechnology days
  • 3-D printers on the Institute for Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL) days
  • a blue tongued lizard on Graduate Students in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (GEEB) days
  • and a lot about bees, bumblebees and pollination in June, on the Pollinators Saturdays


June 2015 Schedule:

  • June 6, 2015: Pollinators Saturday
  • June 13, 2015: Pollinators Saturday
  • June 20, 2015: Pollinators Saturday
  • June 27, 2015: The University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST)

Related Link

Department of Physics Science at the Market

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