MSU Science Festival Detroit Expo Day

April 15 2018 | 11:00am to 4:00pm

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum will be a venue for the MSU Science Festival's Detroit Expo Day. The festival features a host of live demonstrations, tours, open houses, guest speakers and hands-on activities for all ages at venues around Belle Isle, including the Aquarium and Conservatory.

Science talks at the Dossin will include: 

Don’t Stop the Music: Creating the Next Generation of Audio Engineers
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
DeRoy Hall Main Stage

Motor City Woman and Audio Engineers of Detroit will demonstrate how to use software to compose and edit music in an interactive presentation.

Songbird Banding: What Are the “Net” Results?
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Career Corner
Theatre Room

Learn what bird migration can tell us about the environmental health of the planet we share.

So You Want to Work in the Video Game Industry?
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Career Corner Theatre Room

Come learn about how to study video game development and pursue it as a career. We will also talk about how to design good games.

Art and Observation at Microscopic Scale
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Career Corner Theatre Room

In this workshop, you will use an origami microscope (Foldscope) and art supplies to create works of art from scientific observation.

STEM Opportunities
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Career Corner Theatre Room

Lawrence Technological University will be on hand to showcase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and opportunities.

This is the Human Brain...On Music
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Career Corner Theatre Room

Did you hear music before you were born? Have you ever had an earworm?! Learn how music affects our brains and behavior from (before) age 1 to 100.

Hot Topic! Human-Wildfire Interactions: Past, Present, and Future
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Career Corner Theatre Room

During an era of changing climate, understanding past and present patterns of wildfire is vital for making informed management decisions.


Activities throughout the day:

Can You Make it Across? Designing Bridges with Limited Resources
The design challenge allows parents and students to act as designers and engineers, as they compete in teams to build a straw bridge.

Candy Chromatography
Use candy to conduct chromatography investigations and learn how chromatography works.

Cards to the Sky
This workshop challenges participants’ ability through a fun activity that tests strength, teamwork, and engineering skills.

Don’t Stop the Music: Creating the Next Generation of Audio Engineers
Motor City Woman and Audio Engineers of Detroit will demonstrate how to use software to compose and edit music in an interactive presentation.

Draw a Circuit
Students will have a hands-on learning experience about conduction and build a creative electrical circuit using graphite.

Engineer a Solar Bug
Engineer a solar bug using a motor, a solar cell, and a toothbrush head. A solar cell stores energy from light and converts it into bug power.

Propelled Model Rockets
Whether you are into flying rockets at school, for fun, or competition, propelled model rockets offer a truly rewarding experience.

STEM Opportunities
Lawrence Technological University will be on hand to showcase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and opportunities.

ITEC’s TechTransport is filled with instructors and programs dedicated to improving the STEM futures of Michigan’s children.

Tuskegee Airmen Flight Simulator
Join us for an exciting flight simulator demonstration.

What’s That Sound?
Engage in creative and innovative hands-on sound activities using new technologies to explore STEAM careers. The STEMinista Project is a Michigan Science Center initiative aimed at girls in 4th-8th grade to encourage them to explore STEAM careers.

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