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Wainwright to host free UAF science festival

Science can be fun, especially if it’s gooey, hands-on or related to dinosaurs. The young and young at heart can explore the fun side of science at the Discover Science Expo for Kids Saturday, Aug. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Fort Wainwright Youth Center. The free event is open to the public and children of all ages.

The event will include a marine critter touch tank, real dinosaur bones and robots made out of legos. Children can make slime and learn about sea monsters, plate tectonics and Alaska’s amazing mammals.

This is the second year that University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate student Danielle Serratos is organizing the event. Last year, 281 people from on and off the post came to experience science first-hand.

Serratos is a master’s student in the Department of Geology and Geophysics and is also a GK-12 Fellow with the College of Natural Science and Mathematics. As a fellow, Serratos connects students and teachers to resources that enhance their understanding of science. She wanted to take the concept one step further and bring these resources to the students and families of Fort Wainwright.

"As a scientist, I get to see firsthand the amazing things we do at the university and I thought that military families should also get those opportunities,” she said.

Serratos, whose husband was in the Marine Corps for five years, said that events like the Expo help build relationships between the military and academia that benefit the community.

Members of the public who don't have military ID and who are planning to drive on post will need to provide specific types of identification.

Please contact Danielle Serratos at djdavis4@alaska.edu for more information.

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