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Carnegie Museum set to host Science Saturday this weekend

Image provided by the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw During Science Saturday, MTU’s Mind Trekkers set up hands-on demonstrations in the basement of the Carnegie Museum to get children interested in science.

HOUGHTON — The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, located in Houghton, will once again be hosting “Science Saturday.” The event, which last came to the Carnegie Museum in November of 2018, features a number of experiments that children can perform with members of Michigan Technological University’s “Mind Trekkers” student organization.

“We’re expecting 10 Mind Trekkers at the event, not including our executive board,” Mind Trekkers Vice President Shilo Dalton said in an email. “There will be a variety of demonstrations for the children.”

Those demonstrations include putting a skewer through a balloon without popping it, learning about color by looking at objects with tinted lenses, and using a battery and wires to create a magnet. A number of these demonstrations are returning from previous years, according to museum director Elise Nelson – who said that as many as 100 children are expected to come and go over the course of the afternoon.

“They do a lot of hands-on mini experiments, usually relating to physics,” said Nelson. “Kids can just cycle through – the demonstrations are geared for all ages.”

As many as a dozen of the demonstrations are set up around the downstairs of the museum, while the exhibits on the main floor remain open to parents and other visitors. The museum’s back door, which opens directly to the lower level, will be unlocked for the duration of the event.

Mind Trekkers is a program of MTU’s center for pre-college outreach. The organization gives demonstrations at schools and events around the country. For more information, visit mtu.edu/mindtrekkers/ .

“Science Saturday” is scheduled to take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, located at 105 Huron St. In Houghton. Admission to the museum and to Science Saturday is free, though donations are accepted in a box on the main floor. For more information about the museum, visit them online at carnegiekeweenaw.org or find them on Facebook. The Museum can also be reached by phone at 906-482-7140 noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

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