The new Science Forum brings visitors face-to-face with scientists, providing an informal space for scientist presentations, films, discussions, and more! 

Schedule subject to change.

December Demos

Join us in the Science Forum for 15-20 minute engaging science demonstrations that will help you see the world in a whole new way. Demonstrations are appropriate for visitors ages 5 and above.

How to Become a Fossil
Saturdays, December 7, 14
Sundays, December 8, 15
11:00 a.m.

Explore how fossils form and what parts of animals can become fossilized! How old are the earliest fossils? How old does something have to be before it is considered a fossil? You’ll touch some real fossils, learn the different types of fossil evidence, and discover what is necessary to become a fossil.  Finally, we’ll discuss what kinds of things fossils can tell us, and how fossil casts are made in the museum!  

Life: How do we find it?
Saturdays, December 7, 14
Sundays, December 8, 15
3:00 p.m.

Discover how scientists search for life on other planets. Explore the field of astrobiology and re-evaluate your definition of life. Observe a re-creation of an experiment from the Mars Viking Lander expedition, and learn about what kinds of planets might support life.

January Demos

Join us in the Science Forum for 15-20 minute engaging science demonstrations that will help you see the world in a whole new way. Demonstrations are appropriate for visitors ages 5 and above.

How to Become a Fossil
Saturdays: January 11, 18, 25
Sundays: January 12, 19, 26
11:00 a.m.

Explore how fossils form and what parts of animals can become fossilized! How old are the earliest fossils? How old does something have to be before it is considered a fossil? You’ll touch some real fossils, learn the different types of fossil evidence, and discover what is necessary to become a fossil.  Finally, we’ll discuss what kinds of things fossils can tell us, and how fossil casts are made in the museum!  

Life: How do we find it?
Saturdays: January 11, 18, 25
Sundays: January 12, 19, 26
3:00 p.m.

Discover how scientists search for life on other planets. Explore the field of astrobiology and re-evaluate your definition of life. Observe a re-creation of an experiment from the Mars Viking Lander expedition, and learn about what kinds of planets might support life.

December

Saturdays, December 7, 14
Sundays, December 1, 8, 15
1:00 p.m.

Check at the Welcome Desk for schedule.  Join a University of Michigan researcher in the Science Forum for a special peek into cutting-edge research. Interactive presentations last about 15 minutes, with time for conversation afterwards. Presentations are appropriate for ages 5 and up. 

Schedule subject to change.

 

January

Saturdays and Sundays
1:00 p.m.

Check at the Welcome Desk for schedule.  Join a University of Michigan researcher in the Science Forum for a special peek into cutting-edge research. Interactive presentations last about 15 minutes, with time for conversation afterwards. Presentations are appropriate for ages 5 and up. 

Schedule subject to change.