Morrill Hall launches 'Investigate'

Morrill Hall launches 'Investigate'

"What's the Dirt on Soil?," "Trapped in Sap" and "Bubbles!" are a few of the science-related topics visitors to the University of Nebraska State Museum in Morrill Hall can explore during a new monthly program, "Investigate: Second Saturday Science Lab."

John Winkelsas, a retired chemistry teacher from the Washington, D.C., area and an NU State Museum volunteer, will lead visitors on an investigation of various science and natural history related topics through hands-on activities and exploration. The inaugural program is Jan. 10 with "snowflake crystals" from 10 a.m. to noon. Program activities are free with regular museum admission.

"The museum is a great place for children to enjoy and explore science without the pressure of tests and grades. We are very grateful to Anne M. Hubbard, M.D., and the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation for their generous support of the new Science Lab sessions as part of our new volunteer program,” said Priscilla Grew, museum director. "As a Smithsonian Affiliate, we are particularly delighted that John Winkelsas brings to Nebraska his past experience as a volunteer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History."

"One of the goals of the museum's new volunteer program is to enhance the visitor's experience," said Kathy French, NU State Museum education coordinator. "Investigating science first-hand by our younger visitors will provide another fun and engaging opportunity for them while at the museum. These young scientists will experience a wide variety of topics throughout the year, many of which will help explain segments of the natural world."

"Investigate: Second Saturday Science Lab" will be 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month in Morrill Hall. Activities are designed for children 5-10. For upcoming topics, go to http://www.museum.unl.edu/investigate.