October 10, 2015 – Curious Critters

Dear GEEB community,

We had a fantastic time at the Urbana Free Library on October 10th, where, in one hour, we had 76 visitors come to see four interactive displays! A big thanks to everyone who participated and made this day special for a bunch of people.

Best wishes from your Outreach Coordinator,

Ian

Read more to see photos from the event!

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October 2014 – Science at the Market

On October 18th, GEEB volunteers braved the chilly weather to bring science to the Urbana Farmer’s Market! We demonstrated local mammals, birds, and reptiles that can be found right here in Illinois, and educated members of the public on their basic biology. Visitors were especially excited to see the giant groundhog and the live reptiles. We had a fantastic turnout despite the cold weather!
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February 2014 – Backyard Ecology

GEEB members took to the Urbana Free Library once again, this time to show off our diversity of wildlife and knowledge thereof. We filled the auditorium with plants, fungi, fish, insects, reptiles, birds and mammals, covering the alphabet spectrum from arabidopsis to zooplankton. Kids and parents alike were thrilled to see and learn about the variety of live and stuffed critters, many of which could be found right here in their own backyards.

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January 2014 – Fruit Forensics

Kids at the Urbana Free Library helped unravel a murder mystery to determine who squashed the banana. They extracted DNA from bananas, strawberries, kiwis, and grapes, then mapped the associated profiles onto a pseudo-gel. The patterns were compared to identify the culprit, and happy youths went homeward with a keepsake necklace full of DNA. Another fruit folly figured out with fantastically fun forensics.

December 2012 – Science Night

Science at the Market: Dr. Inga Karliner (lab website) has spearheaded the “Science at the Market” movement. Dr. Karliner has arranged for a scientific presence in the community area at the Urbana Farmers Market for a total of 14 weeks this year. GEEB paired with the Plant Biology Association of Graduate Student (PBAGS) to teach kids and parents how to isolate DNA from a strawberry and to share basic facts about DNA

June 2012 – Science at the Market

Science at the Market: Dr. Inga Karliner (lab website) has spearheaded the “Science at the Market” movement. Dr. Karliner has arranged for a scientific presence in the community area at the Urbana Farmers Market for a total of 14 weeks this year. GEEB paired with the Plant Biology Association of Graduate Student (PBAGS) to teach kids and parents how to isolate DNA from a strawberry and to share basic facts about DNA

June 2012 – Orpheum Children’s Museum Day Camp – Girls Do Science

Orpheum Children’s Museum Day Camp – Girls Do Science: Many members of GEEB volunteered this year at Girls Do Science co-sponsored by CU’s Orpheum Children’s Science Museum and NSF grant DEB 1120804 awarded to Carla Cáceres (lab website). Thanks to the diverse background of the GEEB students, UIUC Faculty, and Orpheum Staff volunteers, campers were engaged in fun science exhibits from bird identification and a wild flower walk to embryology.

April 2012 – Fruit Forensics at Urbana Free Library

Banana has been murdered! Who was the villan? Was it his neighbor grape, his girlfriend strawberry, or his best friend kiwi? Kids at the event isolated DNA from common fruits using household materials then sent the DNA off to the “lab” for analysis. The resulting DNA profiles were mapped onto the mock gel and the patterns were compared. Due to our careful analysis grape was arrested for the crime.