|Past Outreach Events
Science (outreach) Saturday! The Science at the Market stall at the Champaign-Urbana Farmers Market has returned after a gap of two years, and GEEBers took over the stall on the 18th of June. We brought some taxidermy birds from the School of Integrative Biology bird collections, displaying some common local birds. The wind forced us to get creative with how we put up the birds, but the birds in jars definitely brought a lot of people to our stall!
A big thanks to Dr. Lance Cooper for help with the stall setup, Sarah Winnicki for helping pick out the birds, and all the amazing GEEB volunteers who showed up to make this a fun event!
Fun with Fish!
The annual Boneyard Creek Community Day was finally back this year, on April 9th, after a two-year gap due to COVID. GEEBers, the Fuller lab and members of the American Fisheries Society put up an educational display at the event. We went seining in the boneyard creek earlier in the day, where we caught a stunning number of fish species within the span of 30 minutes! We had to suit up in waders since the water was chilly, but it was a fun experience nonetheless!
Of the 20 species present in the boneyard, we were able to display around 10 species. We had bluegill, white suckers, stonerollers, and lots of other species on minnows. Everyone loved the large white suckers that were on display!
A big thank you to GEEB volunteers, AFS members and Dr. Becky Fuller who helped us put up a fun display this year!
Seining for fish in the boneyard creek
Checking out our seine haul Minnows, stonerollers, shiners
Fish huddle – white suckers, spotfin shiners
On 29th January 2022, GEEB conducted an online science outreach program at the Urbana Free Library. We explored the world of mammals by looking at bones and skulls of many different mammals, from pangolins, to hippos, elephants and dolphins! We had enthusiastic participants attending the event, some of them as young as 5 years old! Our participants learned about what makes an animal a mammal, where they are found, and what they eat. We looked at specialisations in bones and skulls of mammals living in different environments and eating very different things. Everyone was in awe of the elephant and hippo skulls, and absolutely loved the bat skeleton, but the pangolin was the most popular mammal among our participants!
A big thank you to the librarian, Ms. Esther Yi, for giving us the opportunity to conduct this program and for ensuring that everything ran smoothly during the event. Thanks to SIB for letting us use their animal collections for this program, and also to Neha CV for helping conduct the program.
May 2021 update: GEEB Springs to Action with Educational Outreach
Despite pandemic restrictions, our dedicated GEEBers pulled through and pulled off some fantastic outreach this semester!
In March, three graduate students provided a short lesson ‘Biology Bites: From Soil to Sky’ presenting the highlights of their research for local educational charity ‘X-Time’. This charity is run by local high school student, Sophia Libman, in an effort to provide free extracurricular classes to the CU community. Go Sophia!
In April, Yankee Ridge Elementary School held their traditional Scientist Day in a non-traditional manner. With the help of 11 fantastic pre-recorded submissions from GEEB, they were able to provide students with over an hour of fieldwork footage and educational talks. These videos were used both for a dedicated Science-themed day and through the semester to supplement classes. We’re excited to inspire the next generation of little researchers!
It’s been a difficult year, but we’re proud of everything GEEB has achieved. Have a fantastic summer everyone and we look forward to reaching out for outreach again in the Fall!
Junior League Raffle: Ornaments for a STEM tree raffle that GEEB member created for the Holiday season of 2017.
Viewing party: Solar Eclipse viewing at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy on Monday August 21st, 2017.
Girls Go For It: GEEB members participate in Girls Go For It at local elementary schools in Fall of 2017.