Science Expo

April 24 - 26 | The Durham Museum and The Strategic Air & Space Museum

Join us at the Nebraska Science Festival Expo and participate in fun and engaging hands-on learning opportunities. There will be a wide variety of booths to promote science and its impact in our everyday lives. This year, the Science Expo will consist of two locations:

The Durham Museum

  • April 24 - 25 | 8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. | A free Student Expo (registered classes only)
  • April 26 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | A free Public Expo
  • View list of shows and booths

The Strategic Air & Space Museum

  • April 24 - 25 | 8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. | A free Student Expo (registered classes only)
  • View list of booths

Tickets

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Free admission with SciFest ticket.


Locations

The Durham Museum
801 South 10th Street
Omaha, NE 68108
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The Strategic Air & Space Museum
28210 West Park Highway
Ashland, NE 68003
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The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum

Dancing Scientist
Saturday | 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
The Dancing Scientist will wow you with a high-energy, 45-minute chemistry demonstration full of flashes, bangs, fizzing, over-flowing liquids, oozing and color changes. The experiments are set to music and, yes, some are done while dancing.

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Mad Scientist
Saturday | 10:15 a.m.
Mwaha-haha….Omaha Children’s Museum has gone a little MAD! Join the museum’s Mad Scientist and watch this kooky character make mega foam explode from a tiny beaker, blow up soap, and make atomic glowing slime in this theatrical science show!

Whiz Bang Super Science Show
Saturday | 12:15 p.m.
Hey, what’s the matter? Everything is matter - except energy, of course! Discover the three states of matter with fun and exciting experiments. From Alka Seltzer rockets to flying toilet paper this show is sure to make science matter.

Brownell-Talbot
Friday and Saturday
Explore some of the facets of light and its use in science. Demonstrations dealing with the nature of light, black light use in detecting bacteria, and transmission of electronic signal with a laser will be available for the students to examine. Seven hundred and fifty pairs of logo lens glasses will be given away.

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Center for Advanced Surgical Technology (CAST)
Thursday and Friday
Come and see how surgeons do operations through tiny openings with special minimally invasive tools and robots. You can try using the same long hand-held tools that the doctors use and do the same tasks that are used to train real surgeons! Watch a video as mini robots also perform these same tasks.

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Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Come meet Heather the Hearing Mannequin at our hearing protection booth. Learn about our amazing ears and how we hear, as well as how loud noise can permanently damage our hearing and how we can protect our ears and keep them safe. Check out the demonstration on putting in ear plugs and take a pair home with you.

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Creighton University
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Ever wondered what happens inside an egg? Come see live chicken and fish embryos under the microscope and learn how animals develop.

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Creighton University Energy Technology Program
Friday and Saturday
Through hands-on activities, families will learn how solar energy is harnessed and the science behind how that energy is converted to electrical energy.

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DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday
What’s that bird in your backyard? Learn the basics of bird identification at this interactive booth sponsored by DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. There is a lot to discover about our feathered friends!

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Egad! Science
Friday and Saturday
Egad! Science will demonstrate how science and art interact. Explore how we see colors, the science of rainbows and ways to combine, create and separate colors. Mix colors like a scientist, then separate colors to create beautiful artwork!

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The Giggle Farm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
The Giggle Farm is an interactive coloring book that allows the reader to color in the pages of the story and the words of the story. Utilizing the color-say method to instill all three forms of phonetics. There will be a table with pages to draw and information about The Giggle Farm book. At the booth learn the different types of coloring processes including acrylics, water colorings, and digital coloring.

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Hyperbaric Medicine Center of The Nebraska Medical Center
Thursday and Friday
Nebraska is a national leader in non-intentional deaths per capita by carbon monoxide. Learn about carbon monoxide poisoning, including how to prevent it and how hyperbaric oxygen can treat it. We’ll be joined by the Nebraska Poison Control Center.

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Jason Webb
Friday and Saturday
Learn what happens when you combine science and art! Get an up-close look at some of the coolest technology you can make including 3D printing, 3D scanning, electronics and more. Learn more about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/design and Mathematics) and how you can make nearly anything.

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Joslyn Art Museum
Friday and Saturday
Paint with Pendulums - Learn to use gravity as a paintbrush to make a pendulum painting. Watch as our pendulum drips paint while swinging around its equilibrium to create beautifully mathematical designs beneath it.

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KETV
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Have a question about the weather? Bill Randby and the Weather Now Storm Team will answer it. Meet the members of the KETV Weather Now Storm Team and see amazing weather experiments.

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King Science & Technology Magnet Center
Friday and Saturday
Ewwwww! What is that? Use hand-held microscopes to check out crawly invertebrates and animals up close and personal!

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LI-COR Biosciences
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Meet our scientists and participate in live demonstrations on how CO2 is released by such natural processes as the students’ own breath, insects, leaves and carbonated beverages. Students can interact with a variety of LI-COR’s instruments, including gas analyzers, a soil CO2 flux system, and a portable photosynthesis system, and learn about the techniques used to measure the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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LiveGreen
Thursday and Friday
LiveGreen, a group of volunteers dedicated to sustainability at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and beyond, will test students’ knowledge on how long it takes for a can of pop, a plastic bag, a glass bottle, a newspaper and other everyday items to degrade in a landfill. Students will walk away with the idea that one person can make a difference.

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Metropolitan Utilities District
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Metropolitan Utilities District provides safe, efficient natural gas and clean tap water to the metro Omaha area. Learn how the District treats the water to make it safe to drink, and how natural gas is used to heat your home, dry your clothes, cook your food and even fuel your vehicle! Our gas safety dinosaur “Sniffasaurus,” and water mascot, “Thirstin,” also will appear to greet festival attendees!

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NAS, NATS, NJAS
Friday
Come create and learn to launch a straw rocket. Predict the trajectory for different rocket designs. Teacher information will be available.

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Saturday
Join Nebraska Game and Parks staff as you look at tiny details of freshwater macroinvertebrates. Find out what makes these creatures so important for healthy aquatic habitats while looking face-to-face with these fascinating animals!

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Oakdale Elementary Science Fair
Friday and Saturday
We will share five to 15 of our students’ amazing science fair projects under the theme: “You are NEVER too young to LOVE science.” The booth will be packed with entertaining, scientific, hands-on, interactive projects and highlight the learning that can occur at the elementary school level.

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Omaha Astronomical Society
Friday and Saturday
Stop by to see static displays of astronomical telescopes and astronomy and space-related posters. If weather permits, we will have telescopes set up outdoors with special solar filters to safely look at the sun. OAS members will demonstrate the telescopes, answer any questions and offer special astronomy-related educational activities.

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Omaha Children's Museum
Friday and Saturday
Explore science at any age with Omaha Children’s Museum! Explore the world of S.T.E.A.M Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) with tools, mechanisms and thingamajigs from the museum’s newest exhibit space, "Maker Space!”. Meet Pickle, a robot made at the museum by kids, get hands on with a squishy circuit experiment, and even see how a 3-D printer works!

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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Thursday and Friday
An invisible "plastic soup" is harming our marine ecosystems. Come learn how plastics are destroying our oceans and what you can do to slow down the process. Dissect an albatross bolus, identify ocean trash and treasure, touch a real sea turtle shell, shark jaw and more!

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Omaha Performing Arts
Friday and Saturday
From the top of a volcano to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. Omaha Performing Arts presents the National Geographic series about the planet, Ocean and wildlife. Come learn about three shows that reveal never before seen images of places humans rarely go. Educational materials, coloring pages, stickers and more on volcanoes and sea life will be available for those that stop by.

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Oxbow Animal Health
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Learn about the unique features of the anatomy of pet birds through fun hands-on activities.  You will also learn more about how veterinary medical professionals handle, examine, and diagnose the diseases of all birds - both those in the wild (such as raptors and songbirds), and pet birds (such as parrots.)

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REASON
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
REASON, a pro-science activist group, has arranged for Festival participants to be entertained Thursday by master magician and mentalist Joe Broglie, who will show us how easy it is to fool our faculties of critical reasoning. On Friday and Saturday our booth will be filled with an amazing array of science toys from Fat Brain Toys, to stimulate the minds of young and old alike.

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Society of Physics Students – UNOmaha
Friday and Saturday
Learn how electricity and magnetism work with Tesla coils and Van derGraaf generators. See how magnets can float over superconductors. Create your own non-Newtonian fluid.

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Truck Farm Omaha
Thursday and Friday
Visit Truck Farm's mobile garden (located out front of The Durham Museum) and learn about growing food in the city of Omaha and the many wiggly helpers who make the soil healthy. Free garden seed packets to all that stop by the truck!

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Engineering
Friday and Saturday
Learn about different areas of engineering through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Build your own boat, make a picture using numbers, or just swing by to watch colorful explosions! Ask our engineering reps how they make a difference in the world today, from completing research in cancer detection to traveling to Madagascar to place solar panels onto school roofs.

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University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Physiological Society
Thursday and Saturday
Ever wondered how lungs inflate or how quickly your heart beat can change? Stop by our booth to measure how much air is inside your lungs and how fast your heart can respond to everyday activities!

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University of Nebraska Medical Center Clinical Laboratory Science Program
Thursday and Friday
Your DNA contains the code that makes you...well, YOU! It determines your eye color, height, blood type, risk for disease and shape of your nose. DNA can be used to identify cancer types, aid in forensics, trace your ancestry and tell your physician what risk factors you have for certain diseases. Come extract a sample of your own DNA and take it home with you in a test tube! Presented by the UNMC School of Allied Health Professions Clinical Laboratory Science Program.

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University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy
Thursday and Friday
Have you ever seen the essential molecules that life builds on? Come to our booth to see how proteins, nucleic acids and fats look like! You will catch a glimpse of a world full of busy, precise and elaborated machineries.

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University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Want to improve your family’s health but not sure where to begin?  Live Well Omaha kids uses a healthy habits countdown tool which condenses multiple evidence-based health recommendations into an easy to remember countdown that people of any age can use to make positive, healthy choices.  Learn the easy steps and begin improving your family’s health today!

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University of Nebraska Omaha Chemistry Department
Thursday and Saturday
Kids will have the opportunity to mix solutions to form pliable polymers and experience chemistry through various hands-on activities. Information on UNO’s chemistry major, scholarships and outreach activities also will be available.

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University of Nebraska Omaha Maverick Club for Bioinformatics
Friday and Saturday
Explore DNA and learn about the cutting-edge field of bioinformatics with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s bioinformatics club. Create DNA models with pipe cleaners.

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UNMC Physicians
Thursday and Friday
Place your hands under our 'germ machine' to see if germs are present. An ultra-violet light shows particles on hands if they’re dirty. Family Medicine representatives also will teach kids about the importance of frequent hand washing.

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UNMC Physicians ENT
Thursday and Friday
Ever met a giant nose? Here’s your chance. Meet Dr. Knows and learn about germs, how to protect yourself from them and what exactly an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doc does.

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Whispering Roots
Thursday and Friday
See a fully functioning sustainable Aquaponics system with the ability to grow healthy vegetables and fish in a soil less closed recirculating system. This Whispering Roots booth includes fish, fresh vegetables, water testing and a "hands on," water activated bell siphon activity.

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Wiley Robotics
Thursday and Friday
LEGO Robotics gives young science fans direct, hands-on experience with math, engineering, programming and problem solving. Build real, working robots using LEGO Mindstorms kits and learn how to program and attach various sensors that will allow the robots to operate autonomously.

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The Durham Museum

The Strategic Air & Space Museum

Biomechanics Research Building
Thursday and Friday
Could surgery be done over the Internet? With new technology, operations have been performed with the surgeon and patient in different states. How is this possible? Surgeons spend years training their hands to perform surgery in the operating room, but with new technology they must learn to perform surgery with mechanical hands. Learn about telerobotic surgery and the science behind learning new skills. Also explore some of the tasks used to train surgeons.

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Fat Brain Toys
Thursday and Friday
Get your hands on the latest STEM related toys and games from Fat Brain Toys!

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Oxbow Animal Health
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Learn about the unique features of the anatomy of pet birds through fun hands-on activities.  You will also learn more about how veterinary medical professionals handle, examine, and diagnose the diseases of all birds - both those in the wild (such as raptors and songbirds), and pet birds (such as parrots.)

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T.H.O.R.
Friday
The Heartland Organization of Rocketry (T.H.O.R.) booth will exhibit artifacts and informational materials about amateur rocketry in Nebraska, including models, periodicals and hardware used to support low, mid and high power amateur rocketry.

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University of Nebraska College of Law Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program
Thursday and Friday
Do our laws here on earth touch the sky? Just above our heads are orbiting satellites, soaring asteroids, and retired spacecraft and satellite parts. Who owns those asteroids? Who has to clean up retired satellites? What if two satellites collide? Join us to learn about ‘Space Situational Awareness’ using an interactive water model and color, cut out, and construct a 'Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Shoemaker Spacecraft Model.' We’ll also talk about the spacecraft and its mission and discuss space law in a kid-friendly way!

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Thursday and Friday
See a rocket and robot, designed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), a student-led group of multidisciplinary engineering students devoted to aerospace engineering. Visitors may also participate in an air-powered rocket demonstration, see videos of AIAA projects in competition and learn more about the field of engineering.

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Microgravity
Thursday and Friday
What is a zero-G flight? How are sixth-grade experimental procedures applied at the collegiate level and at NASA? How is mathematics applied to design equipment and make educated guesses about results? Meet the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Microgravity Team and learn the importance of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. You’ll be able to touch and play with the team’s robotic capsule endoscopes, which are swallowable robots; watch videos of their zero-G flight and meet members of the team. The UNL Microgravity Team does scientific research that helps our nation's space program.

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University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing
Thursday and Friday
Visit the HEROES booth - an interactive display to learn more about emergency preparedness and how to be ready when disasters strike.

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Wildlife Safari Park
Thursday and Friday
The Wildlife Safari Park, owned and operated by Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, is becoming a hub for citizen science! Learn how you can become involved as a FrogWatch volunteer. Identifying frog calls is a great activity for families, school groups, scouts and more!

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Wiley Robotics
Thursday and Friday
LEGO Robotics gives young science fans direct, hands-on experience with math, engineering, programming and problem solving. Build real, working robots using LEGO Mindstorms kits and learn how to program and attach various sensors that will allow the robots to operate autonomously.

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