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.

2017 District Science Fair Winners:

Comparing the Structure of Animal Hearts – Roslynn, 2nd grade, Woodriver Elementary

Discovering DNA – Mina, 3rd grade, Crawford Elementary

Study of the Preference of Habitat for the Snowshoe Hare Within a Taiga Forest – Isabel, 3rd grade, Tri-Valley School

Rocks, Fossils, and Artifacts – Drew, 5th grade, University Park Elementary

Arctic Animals, Thermal Insulators – Soren, 5th grade, University Park Elementary

Study of Zooplankton Diversity and Seasonal Variation in an Interior Alaskan Pond – Ben, 8th 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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