Community Outreach

Interior Alaska Science Fair

Each year, the education department chooses projects at the Interior Alaska Science Fair that demonstrate Alaska-related exhibit themes.

Student collections of specimens and/or observations of natural and cultural history phenomena are important. We judge the exhibit on the clarity of the hypothesis, research methodology, conclusions, and how the exhibit theme is interpreted. Only six awards are given each year. Congratulations to the winners of the museum’s 2016 District Science Fair Awards.

2016 District Science Fair Winners:

Native Games Teach Survival Skills – MyricaGale, 2nd grade, Weller Elementary

Molding and Casting for Scientific Illustration – Madelyn, 5th grade, University Park Elementary

Effects of Global Warming on Tree Swallow Egg Quantity – Hank, 8th grade, Barnette Magnet School

Chalkyitsik Fish Trap – Shani, 8th grade, Effie Kokrine Charter School

Which Fur = Less Brrrr – Ethan, 8th grade, Fairhill Christian School

Diversity of Zooplankton in Interior Alaska Ponds – Ben, 7th grade, Tri-Valley School

Science Potpourri

This year's Science Potpourri is April 8, 2017, noon to 3 pm. Museum staff will be presenting activities exploring the science of outer space!

Science Potpourri is a UAF tradition! For more than 20 years, the free community event has entertained and inspired the Fairbanks community with science shows, make-and-take-home activities, demos and lots of fun for all ages.

From 2012-2015, our Education department held Nanotechnology activities in collaboration with Research Assistant Professors Shiva and Nilima Hullavarad (INE). In 2016, we celebrated National DNA Day in collaboration with UAMN Genomic Resources and the Institute of Arctic Biology.

UAMN Education & Public Programs is part of the NISE Network.

Community Fairs

Look for us at local community events: the Fairbanks Families Partnership Health Fair in September, Mush for Kids in April, and others!

UAMN Science Night

Enhance your school‘s family science night or another special event with hands-on specimens and museum science and art activities. We can provide a museum educator and activities for a complete event or complement your existing plans with an individual engaging activity and skilled educator. Visit our UAMN Science Night page.

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