From computers to ancient water fleas - Science is Awesome!

btds(STILLWATER,OKLA. / Dec. 29, 2014) – Monty Harper and OSU scientists have teamed up to inform and entertain children about science topics at the Stillwater Public Library.  “Born to Do Science” is returning with four sessions this winter beginning Sunday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m.

“Stillwater is very lucky to have top research scientists and a children’s songwriter team up to create a truly unique learning experience,” said Elizabeth Murray, children’s librarian.  “Monty brings high level science to our library in a way that is accessible to children.”

“Born to Do Science” introduces children to working scientists who share their research and expertise.  Host Monty Harper works closely with the scientists to develop each program in a way that will be fun and educational for both kids and adults.

“Each event features a guest scientist, scientific research you won’t hear about anywhere else, hands-on activities and a song,” said Harper.  “We don’t talk down to kids and we don’t water down the science. It’s a great way to connect your family with critical thinking, genuine wonder and real-life everyday science!”

This year’s sessions include:

  • Jan. 11, “Teaching Computers to Predict” with Allan Axelrod, M.Sc., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. How much buried greenhouse gas is leaking out into our atmosphere? Learn how a computer algorithm, along with a network of sensors and drones, may help scientists find out.
  • Jan. 25, “Higgs Boson Found! Now What?” with Dr. Flera Rizatdinova, Department of Physics. On July 4, 2012, the world received big news from CERN: a new elementary particle had been discovered, the elusive Higgs Boson! What does this mean for the Standard Model of particle physics? Find out what scientists are looking for next with the ATLAS detector at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and why.
  • Feb. 8, “Heart Health, Explosive Gas and Mexican Mollies” with Jennifer H. Shaw, Ph.D., Department of Zoology. Regulation of hydrogen sulfide the human body is essential for health, but how do the body’s cells know exactly how much to make? Find out how some special fish from Mexico help scientists understand body chemistry.
  • Feb. 22, “Secrets of the Ancient Water Fleas” with Dr. Puni Jeyasingh, Department of Zoology. How might human activity affect evolution in important ecosystems? Learn what 700-year-old Daphina eggs brought back to life tell scientists about chemical and biological changes in a Minnesota lake.

“Born to Do Science” is free and open to the public. Classes are targeted to students in third through eighth grade.  Adult family members are highly encouraged to attend.

For more information or to register, visit the Stillwater Public Library web site at library.stillwater.org, email askalibrarian@stillwater.org or call 405-372-3633. To find out about previous “Born to Do Science” programs visit www.BornToDoScience.com   

The Stillwater Public Library is located at1107 S. Duck St.(the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Library programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and KOSU.