The University of Maine at Augusta’s 21st annual Science Program for Kids is set for 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. The program, sponsored by UMA’s Biology program, is designed for pre-school to middle-school-aged children, all activities are free and all are welcome.

Activities will take place in several classrooms throughout UMA’s Jewett hall on UMA’s Augusta campus. New this year, visitors can take a walk through the Strollin’ Colon. Standing 12-feet long, by 10-feet wide, by 10-feet tall, this larger than life educational tool helps educate the public about colon cancer.

Other activies include:

• Build a sustainable structure with architecture students.

• Learn about Maine sharks and make a shark tooth necklace.

• Match the bones, skulls and skeletons to the animal challenge.

• Use microscopes to observe living creatures, insects, crystals.

• Measure your lung capacity, body fat and blood pressure

• See a dissection; build an arm and a leg from real bones.

• Play doctor or nurse in the health clinic for teddy bears and baby dolls.

• Learn how much sugar is in snacks and drinks.

• Join a team and take the Critter Quiz.

• Healthy Eating Games & MyPlate Activities are planned.

• Nature and science related arts and crafts.

• Learn a little polymer chemistry and make slime.

• Make DNA.

• Experiment with Dr. Physics, he can make your head spin and your hair stand on end.

For more information, email UMA Biology Professor Susan Baker at [email protected].


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