2013 Family Science Workshops: Just Like Me?

RaceLogoBanner Manchester District Library will once again serve as host to University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. The 2013 Family Reading and Science Program Workshop Series is Just Like Me?: exploring culture, biology and the human experience. Workshops are designed for children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult.

The Museum partners with Manchester District Library to present three fun, family workshops about science. This year, to tie in with the Museum’s Understanding Race Project and the traveling exhibition RACE: Are we so different? (February 2013-June 2013), the focus is exploring how biology, anthropology, physics, geography and chemistry all play a part in race and culture. The series is scheduled as follows:

Saturday January 19, 2013, 10:30 am
Workshop 1: What makes us different? What makes us the same?
Exploring the biology behind our differences and similarities

There is no biological marker for race, so why do we look so different on the outside? Families will learn about the biological reasons behind different skin colors and hair textures and explore other inherited genetic traits, like the ability to taste certain compounds. Families will get to perform a DNA extraction.

Saturday February 16, 2013, 10:30 am
Workshop 2: Everybody cooks
Exploring how geology, geography and human migration influenced food

Every country has a cuisine but why do the same ingredients, cooking techniques or types of food pop up all over the world? Learn how geology and geography relate to food, what “cultural transmission” is and make your very own bread starter.

Saturday March 16, 2013, 10:30 am
Workshop 3: Can you feel the beat?
Exploring what makes music the universal language

They say music is the universal language, but why? Families will learn what makes some instruments more common than others and why some noises sound strange or get us excited. Explore how cultural transmission influences music and make your own instrument.

Please pre-register by calling the library at 428-8045, or email Youth Services Assistant Karen Seghers at kseghers@manchesterlibrary.info.

Family Reading & Science workshops are funded by a generous grant from the Toyota USA Foundation.

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About Heather Sturm

Director at Manchester District Library
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