Adult Swim Virtual Science Fair

You found it! Below is information for getting involved in the Adult Swim Virtual Science Fair, a collaboration between CaSP, Madison Children’s Museum, and WORT. Originally scheduled for March 2020, this Research!America sponsored event was moved online and rescheduled to July 9th, 2020 from 6-10pm CDT!

The Science Fair is an effort to get Madisonians together to talk about the real impacts of science-related issues on our community, both locally and globally. We’re inviting community members, locals, politicians, and staffers to join us for a relaxed evening of discussion and discovery of all sorts, both serious and silly. Check out the schedule below and REGISTER below or at tinyurl.com/caspsciencefair!

Schedule

6-7 PM Science at Home Live Events (more materials below registration!)

  • Channel your Inner Astrophysicist with UW Madison’s IceCube Neutrino Observatory- Jim Madsen and Lindsey Steffes
    • Making sense of the Universe is a tough job, but with a little coaching you can learn how the IceCube Neutrino Observatory does it by detecting cosmic messengers.  This interactive session will walk you through how we collect and analyze data.  Be prepared, there will be a quiz (a fun quiz!).  You will leave the session with a new skill that will impress your friends and relatives.
  • Prototyping and Patenting with the UW Madison Patent and Trademark Resource Center- David Bloom
    • Learn about the process of patenting a new invention from an expert. We’ll guide you in prototyping and patenting your own invention that will help your household while we all spend more time at home. Submit your design and patent form back to us to be entered to win the title “Best Quarantine Invention” that comes with a fun prize! Submission will also make you eligible for trivia bonus points for your team later in the night.
  • What’s Eating My Plants? A lesson in plant care from the UW Madison Department of Plant Pathology- Corri Hamilton

7-8 PM Science Trivia!

8-9 PM Science Policy Panel, Panelists:

9-10 PM Science Trivia!

More questions? Email us at caspsciencefair@gmail.com.

REGISTRATION

 

 

Science at home supplementary materials

Fermentation science

You can make your own fermented pop using materials you probably already have in your kitchen! Molecular biologist, Ellen Wagner, researchers yeast and how these tiny organisms can help us make biofuels. She’ll show you how to brew root beer or cream soda in your kitchen that you can enjoy with us on Thursday night. Keep in mind that in using yeast, the final beverage will contain a very small amount of alcohol, so this drink is only for adults!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp root beer extract and/or vanilla extract
  • Tap water
  • Plastic water/soda 16oz bottle
  • Funnel (to make adding ingredients to the bottle easier)

Directions:

  1. Add yeast, sugar, and root beer extract/vanilla extract to the empty bottle.
  2. Fill the bottle with tap water to the top of the label on the bottle.
  3. Seal the bottle and shake to mix, ensuring that all the sugar dissolves.
  4. Let the bottle sit at room temperature for 1-3 days, until the bottle is firm and can’t be squeezed (Note: do not let this sit for too long, otherwise there is a possible chance of the bottle exploding).
Microbiology

Bacteria are enclosed by a cell wall that is vital to its survival. Different bacteria have different type of cell envelopes, and understanding how bacterial separate themselves from their environments is key in the study of antibiotic medicines and multi-drug resistance. Below is a coloring sheet to demonstrate these differences!

Bacterial cell envelope coloring sheet

You’ve probably read about recent developments of CRISPR-cas9 and gene editing in the news. But how does this process actually work? Scientists have been able to hijack a process done naturally in bacteria by a protein called Cas9. This coloring sheet walks you through how Cas9 changes genetic information.

CRISPR coloring sheet

Astrophysics

Madison’s own famous IceCube Neutrino Observatory is known for studying elusive, massless particles called neutrinos. Learn about these scientists’ fascinating lives in the South Pole and what physicists can tell us about our universe in these videos.