NE SciFest Schedule Thursday, April 24

NE SciFest Schedule
Thursday, April 24
Student Expo Day at The Durham Museum
8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | 11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
(Dancing Scientist) (Registered classes only)
Student Expo Day at The Strategic Air & Space Museum
8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | 11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
(Michael Sibbernsen) (Registered classes only)
University of Nebraska State Museum – Morrill Hall
April 24 – 27 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
View the remarkable Smithsonian exhibit Titanoboa: Monster Snake. Learn about the discovery, reconstruction
and implications of this enormous reptile, which measured 48 feet long and weighed up to 2,500 pounds.
Regular museum admission.
Omaha World Herald
April 24 – 25 | 1 p.m. | Free
See how the newspaper is printed each day. The press tour (for groups of 25) runs 45 to 60 minutes,
depending on questions. Recommended for kids 8 and over and any adults. Meet at the John Gottschalk
Freedom Center, 14th Street and Capitol Avenue, Omaha. RSVP to nescifest.com, space is limited.
Teachers’ Night
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Smith-Curtis Administration Building
Join a handful of exhibitors as they share their programming and educational support for the region. This
year’s featured programming is Jeffrey Vinokur, “The Dancing Scientist” who will perform short
demonstrations.
Nebraska Brewing Company
6 – 9 p.m. | $15 | 21 and older
Science of Beer presentation and sampling followed directly by a tour of the new brewery in La Vista. Includes
a pint of our special SciFest beer, brewer presentation, brewery tour and a tour pint. Register online at
nescifest.com/schedule/nebraskabrewingco
Brix Village Pointe
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | $20 | 21 and older
If someone asked you to define terroir, sur lie aging, or malolactic fermentation, could you do it? Could you
explain why a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc tastes different than one from Napa Valley? What about
champagne, and what creates those little bubbles? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, join us at
Brix for The Science of Wine, 101. We’ll open your mind and taste buds to the world of wine and the science
behind it. This informal class will provide an interactive, fun, and educational way to learn what makes this
historic drink so dynamic and universally loved. To register please email [email protected]
NE SciFest Schedule
Friday, April 25
Student Expo Day at The Durham Museum
8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | 11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
(Omaha Children’s Museum) (Registered classes only)
Student Expo Day at The Strategic Air & Space Museum
8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | 11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
(Dancing Scientist) (Registered classes only)
E-Week 2014 Open House at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Free
A tradition since 1913 in Lincoln, E-Week is dedicated to recognizing and rewarding engineers’ accomplishments.
Our keynote speaker this year is Curtis Tomasevicz, USA Bobsled Olympic Medal Winner and Electrical Engineering alumnus. His
speech will take place on Friday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. in Othmer 106.
University of Nebraska State Museum – Morrill Hall
April 24 – 27 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
View the remarkable Smithsonian exhibit Titanoboa: Monster Snake. Learn about the discovery, reconstruction and implications of this
enormous reptile, which measured 48 feet long and weighed up to 2,500 pounds. Regular museum admission.
Why the Arts Matter
April 25 | 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Free
Join Nebraska Loves Public Schools and Nebraskans for the Arts as they present the short film, “Why the Arts Matter” followed by a
panel discussion of UNMC faculty talking about the role of the arts in their work and life. The movie will be shown in the Eppley
Science Hall Amphitheater, Room 3010, on the UNMC campus. RSVP to [email protected]
Lunch and Learn with Dr. Paul Knoepfler
April 25 – 26 | 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Free
Paul S. Knoepfler, Ph.D., associate professor, cell biology and human anatomy at the University of California, Davis School of
Medicine, will discuss and answer questions about stem cell science that will help attendees distinguish between false hype and
legitimate hope. The lunch and learn is sponsored by the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures. Register at
www.nebraskacures.com .
Omaha World Herald
April 24 – 25 | 1 p.m. | Free
See how the newspaper is printed each day. The press tour (for groups of 25) runs 45 to 60 minutes, depending on questions.
Recommended for kids 8 and over and any adults. Meet at the John Gottschalk Freedom Center, 14th Street and Capitol Avenue,
Omaha. Metered parking available on the street. RSVP to [email protected] gmail.com, space is limited!
Fred G. Dale Planetarium
April 25 – 27 | Wayne, NE | Free with ticket
Learn about a variety of topics including: Tools of the astronomer; the day and night cycle; the year and seasons; the moon; the
Lincoln Almanac Trial; and the age of the Earth. See full presentation details at nescifest.com/schedule/daleplanetarium
April 25 – 26: shows at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 27: shows at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Jeff Corwin
Joslyn Museum’s Witherspoon Hall
April 25 | 7:30 p.m.
Emmy-winning television host, author and biologist, Jeff Corwin has worked for the conservation of endangered species and
ecosystems around the globe. Through education and awareness, he believes these vital elements of our planet can be conserved for
future generations.
TICKET REQUIRED
NE SciFest Schedule
Saturday, April 26
Fontenelle Forest
April 26 – 27 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Free with ticket
Thanks to a partnership with NET Television, Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie will make a special appearance both
afternoons to meet and take photos with children. Throughout the festival, visitors can participate in a variety of
bird-themed, educational events including presentations by Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery and more. View the
schedule at fontenelleforest.org.
Science Expo
The Durham Museum April 26 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Free with ticket
Join us at the Nebraska Science Festival Expo and participate in fun and engaging hands-on learning
opportunities. There will be a wide variety of booths to promote science and its impact in our everyday lives.
Performances by:
The Dancing Scientist | 9:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Omaha Children’s Museum | 10:15 a.m. & 12:15 a.m.
View a full booth list on nescifest.com
Cyber++ Competition
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Bellevue University
A cyber defense competition designed to test your science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills. Open
to all high school and community college students. Teams of two to four students along with a mentor/coach will
match wits to fix vulnerabilities and toughen system security. Form your team for this free event today at
Bellevue.edu/cyberplusplus.
University of Nebraska at Omaha
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Free
Experts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics will conduct hands-on workshops for families.
Topics range from math magic to geology. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there also will be free, multiple hands-on
stations in an expo style event in Roskens Hall. Register for workshops at nescifest.com/schedule/uno.
Lauritzen Gardens
April 26 – 27 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free admission to children 12 and under accompanied by an adult with ticket
Don’t miss a TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to noon with a variety of tree-themed educational
activities designed for families. The first 100 households will receive a free tree seedling! Additional Arbor Day
activities that require registration are available for families and adults at www.lauritzengardens.org.
University of Nebraska State Museum – Morrill Hall
April 24 – 27 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
View the remarkable Smithsonian exhibit Titanoboa: Monster Snake. Learn about the discovery, reconstruction and
implications of this enormous reptile, which measured 48 feet long and weighed up to 2,500 pounds. Regular
museum admission.
University of Nebraska State Museum – Morrill Hall & Mueller Planetarium
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Interact with astronomers, engineers and physicists to learn about planets, optics, telescopes, space travel,
nanotechnology and more. Hear from special guest Clayton C. Anderson, Nebraska’s own astronaut. Attendees
will have a chance to win great prizes including a telescope. Mueller Planetarium will present fulldome shows at 11
a.m., noon, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Regular museum admission.
eCreamery Ice Cream & Gelato
10 – 11 a.m. | Max: 20 kids | Free
Store manager Raymond Calkins will present the Science of Ice Cream and Dry Ice. Students will be given a small
tour of the facility, a lesson on how ice cream is made, a brief history of ice cream, and the differences in density
and composition between gelato, sorbet and ice cream. Event is full.
Hyperbaric Medicine Center at The Nebraska Medical Center
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Free with ticket
Stop by the only facility in the region able to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy to critical care patients 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. Tours of the Hyperbaric Medicine Center last a half hour and are offered every half hour.
Lincoln Children’s Museum
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free for members of Lincoln Children’s Museum; First 50 children who are not members of the Museum will
receive one FREE youth admission with each paid adult admission. Join us for Science Saturday as we team up
with University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering and science students to conduct experiments and engineering
feats.
Lincoln Children’s Zoo
April 26 – 27 | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hands-on learning stations– focused on animals, nature and science -- will be available throughout the zoo from 10
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will last from 10 to 20 minutes per station. Visit as many as you’d like.
Saturday & Sunday: Regular admission does apply (no additional cost for the activities). Lincoln Children’s Zoo
members are free; Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium members receive a 50 percent discount on admission.
Metropolitan Community College
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Free with ticket
Fort Omaha Campus: MCC’s Horticulture, Land Systems and Management will have guided tours and hands-on
activities through the working greenhouse, gardens and farmyard. Learn more about plants and how they work, see
the different methods in which plants are grown both inside and outside, and learn about aquaponics systems: how
they work and how they are beneficial to humans, fish and plants.
South Omaha Campus: Learn more about trauma emergencies/ immobilization and cardiac emergencies. The Fire
Science Technology Program will have an aerial truck on display, as well as extrication equipment. See how the
“Jaws of Life” are used and ask questions about fire and life safety. A variety of activities related to chemistry,
biology and physics also will be on hand for all ages.
The Heartland Organization of Rocketry (T.H.O.R.)
April 26 – 27 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Jansen, NE | Free with ticket
Join us for Fire On The Farm -- our first large rocket launch this year. This multi-day free event, with commercial
motors on April 26 and research launches on April 27, takes place on private land 2.5 miles east of Jansen.
The Strategic Air & Space Museum
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | $2 off one paid adult admission with ticket
As part of the 60 Days of Science exhibit, visitors will learn more about biology, chemistry and physics through
experiments, observations and physical tests. You might blow a hole through a pop can using just atmospheric
pressure, make invisible ink or a magnetogram, float on air on a hovercraft and see a demonstration of burning
elements (fireworks) with diffraction lens glasses.
Lunch and Learn with Dr. Paul Knoepfler
April 25 – 26 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Free
Paul S. Knoepfler, Ph.D., associate professor, cell biology and human anatomy at the University of California,
Davis School of Medicine, will discuss and answer questions about stem cell science that will help attendees
distinguish between false hype and legitimate hope. The lunch and learn is sponsored by the Nebraska Coalition
for Lifesaving Cures. Register at www.nebraskacures.com.
City Sprouts Community Garden
Noon – 4 p.m. | Free with ticket
Tour the Community Garden, the Urban Farm, orchards and learn about trees. Visit the chickens and the hoop
house. There also will be ongoing tours and education stations where children can create an arts/craft project and
enjoy a healthy snack.
Happy Hour with a Scientist
4 – 6 p.m. | Wilson & Washburn | 21 and older | Free with ticket
The Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures invites you to “meet the scientist” in a casual setting that fosters close
and personal interaction over drinks and appetizers. Paul S. Knoepfler, Ph.D., associate professor, cell biology and
human anatomy at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, will discuss and answer questions about
stem cell science that will help attendees distinguish between false hype and legitimate hope.
Super-Science: Brains, Body and Brew
5 – 8 p.m. | Legend Comics & Coffee | Free
Experiments, explanations and exposition about the science of comics books, from the ink on the pages to the sci-fi
within the story. Plus, the science behind the gourmet concoctions that Legend Comics & Coffee serves, like the
Tony Stark mocha and phosphate sodas.
Fred G. Dale Planetarium
April 25 – 27 | Wayne, NE | Free with ticket
Learn about a variety of topics including: Tools of the astronomer; the day and night cycle; the year and seasons;
the moon; the Lincoln Almanac Trial; and the age of the Earth. See full presentation details at
nescifest.com/schedule/daleplanetarium.
April 25 – 26: shows at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 27: shows at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Omaha and Lincoln Tesla Motor Owners
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Strategic Air and Space Museum | Free
Stop by and check out the Model S and Roadster, both Tesla produced electric cars, in the parking lot of the
Strategic Air and Space Museum. Visit with Tesla Motor owners from Omaha and Lincoln, ask questions and look
inside an electric car.
NE SciFest Schedule
Sunday, April 27
Fontenelle Forest
April 26 – 27 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Free with ticket
Thanks to a partnership with NET Television, Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie will make a special appearance both afternoons to meet and
take photos with children. Throughout the festival, visitors can participate in a variety of bird-themed, educational events including
presentations by Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery and more. View the schedule at fontenelleforest.org.
Lauritzen Gardens
April 26 – 27 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free admission to children 12 and under accompanied by an adult with ticket.
Lincoln Children’s Zoo
April 26 – 27 | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hands-on learning stations– focused on animals, nature and science -- will be available throughout the zoo from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will
last from 10 to 20 minutes per station. Regular admission does apply (no additional cost for the activities). Lincoln Children’s Zoo members are
free; Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium members receive a 50 percent discount on admission.
The Heartland Organization of Rocketry (T.H.O.R.)
April 26 – 27 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Jansen, NE | Free
Join us for Fire On The Farm -- our first large rocket launch this year. This multi-day free event, with commercial motors on April 26 and
research launches on April 27, takes place on private land 2.5 miles east of Jansen.
The Strategic Air & Space Museum
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | $2 off one paid adult admission with ticket
As part of the 60 Days of Science exhibit, visitors will learn more about biology, chemistry and physics through experiments, observations and
physical tests. You might blow a hole through a pop can using just atmospheric pressure, make invisible ink or a magnetogram, float on air on
a hovercraft and see a demonstration of burning elements (fireworks) with diffraction lens glasses.
The French Bulldog
Noon – 2 p.m. | Ages 21 and older
In “The Science of Bacon,” Bryce Coulton, head chef at The French Bulldog, will discuss the science involved in curing pork belly, which leads
to bacon, pancetta and tesa. Participants also will learn about the techniques required to ensure meat is cured properly, tastes good and is
safe to eat. This special event costs $10 per person and includes a sample of whiskey bacon and a free beer or house wine. Event is full.
Omaha Children’s Museum
1 – 5 p.m.
Join Omaha Children’s Museum all day to investigate, discover and learn all things SCIENCE! Enjoy quirky science with the Mad Scientist
Show or the April Fool’s Science Show, immerse yourself in a 360-degree science program in the Discovery Dome Planetarium, or enjoy our
newest permanent exhibit, “Maker Space,” and meet Pickle, a robot made by kids for kids. For a full list of events, visit ocm.org. Members –
Free; Admission - $9 per person. All science shows, activities and projects are free with admission.
Fred G. Dale Planetarium
April 25 – 27 | Wayne, NE | Free with ticket
Learn about a variety of topics including: Tools of the astronomer; the day and night cycle; the year and seasons; the moon; the Lincoln
Almanac Trial; and the age of the Earth. See full details at nescifest.com/schedule/daleplanetarium. Shows at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
University of Nebraska State Museum – Morrill Hall
April 24 – 27 | 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
View the remarkable Smithsonian exhibit Titanoboa: Monster Snake. Learn about the discovery, reconstruction and implications of this
enormous reptile, which measured 48 feet long and weighed up to 2,500 pounds. Regular museum admission.
Brix Village Pointe
3 – 4:30 p.m. | $20 | 21 and older
Have you ever wondered what makes your favorite beer taste the way it does? What ingredients or processes go into making various styles of beer? Did you
know by changing only one simple ingredient in your favorite brew it can completely and drastically change the flavor profile? Join us at Brix for The
Science of Beer, 101, where we’ll examine, sample, and discuss everything from basic brewing techniques, ingredients, terminology, and beer styles. It’s
science you can drink! To register please email [email protected]