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2010 Lab Abstracts

2010 Lab Abstracts

Digging the Past!

Come along to the wonderful world of archaeology, and explore our past! It is 200 years in the future and archaeologists have stumbled upon what they believe may have been a house, similar to the one you live in now. The archaeologists have identified three rooms of the house but they aren’t sure what the rooms were used for. Hopefully there are some objects in the rooms left over from past residents that can point toward what the room was used for. Help the archaeologists get through the dirt and find clues to find out more about this house!

Come Play with Alice!

Ever play the Sims?  If you have, you know how fun it is to create your own world full of many different objects, over which you have complete control!  You can make them appear, disappear, move, and so much more.  Alice is a 3-D programming world where you control all the action, but it’s easy enough that you can start playing right away.  Also, you will get your own copy of the software to continue using when you get home.  Come on and see how easy computer programming can be.

Edible Earth

Do you like maps, mountains, outdoors, and cake?  Interested in what makes up the building blocks of the Earth?  Want to learn about identifying rocks and minerals by taste, feel, and sound?  Join us in the lab where we will explore the rocks and minerals that you can find on the ground and in the core of the Earth.  Come learn how a multi-layer cake can represent structures and the principles that define geology.

Glaciers: Ice and Snow on the GO!

The Wisconsin landscape, as we know it, has been shaped over a long time by glaciers advancing and retreating through the area.  Glaciers collect rocks and sediment as they move, but they aren't living, so how does this happen?  We are living in a time of glaciers, but they are melting much more rapidly than they should be.  What does this mean for the environment in the present and future?  What do we have to be concerned about?  Come make your own multi-colored glacier and find out!

Memory Magic

Have you ever wondered how you remember something?  Have you ever had trouble remembering the answer to a question on a test you studied for the night before?  Does your best friend ever remember something that you can’t?  Come find out why!  We’ll talk about what kinds of memory there are, how memory is formed, and what it looks like in your brain!  We’ll be playing games and doing puzzles to see why we remember some things and why we can’t remember other things.

Murder in Chamberlin

When Chamberlin — the old science building — was torn down two years ago, construction workers were astonished to find skeletal remains and other evidence buried underneath.  Ever since this discovery was made, the forensic scientists at Beloit College have attempted to piece together the evidence to find the culprit of this mysterious murder.  However, due to the vast period in which these remnants have been buried, we are having difficulty analyzing them.  We need your help to examine the evidence and to solve this long-buried crime once and for all.  Are you up for the challenge?

Picky Pollies

Rollie pollies may be little, but they sure are picky.  In this lab we will test to see what rollie pollies like and dislike, while talking about animal behavior.  Make your own rollie pollie test cubes and watch them pick out their favorite things such as sugar water or maybe dark colored construction paper or a combination of your own mixture, all while enjoying the company of little rollie pollies!

Walking Across the Solar System

When you look out at the night sky, you see the pinpricks of light that are the stars and planets, occasionally shooting stars, perhaps a passing airplane.  But what else?  Space.  Darkness.  Our entire lives are contained on a small planet orbiting a medium sized star in a medium sized galaxy that is one of thousands upon thousands in our universe.  Those are just words.  With a few simple mathematics conversions, we can actually do it — walk across the solar system according to our scale, and find out just how much space is in space, and see how miraculous space really is!