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MEDIA ADVISORY: Local Kids Will Showcase Research at 2nd Annual Show Me Nature Symposium

April 27th, 2013

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430, BasiC@missouri.edu

WHAT:

Teams of fourth and fifth graders from 10 Columbia Public Schools will present scientific research at the annual Show Me Nature Research Symposium. Students will have scientific posters of their projects and will be available to answer questions.

Projects include “Green Energy for Grant,” “Midway Weather Forecasters,” “Space Explorations at Derby Ridge,” “Microbial life at Shepard,” “Ecosystem Investigators at Mill Creek” and “Composting to reduce lunchroom waste at Blue Ridge.” ShowMe Nature is a nationally funded program that bridges scientific research at MU and science education in the Columbia Public School District.

The Show Me Nature Research Symposium also will include a Saturday Morning Science talk by Jeri Janowsky, a neuroscientist and executive director of Saturday Academy in Portland, Ore. Janowsky will talk about curiosity and how the brain learns, highlighting the impact of inquiry-driven learning in programs like ShowMe Nature on childhood development.

WHO:

Teachers, scientists and children from Columbia Elementary Schools.

Community sponsors and partners who have helped children achieve their research goals.

Jeri Janowsky keynote speaker, neuroscientist and executive director of Saturday Academy in Portland, Ore.

WHEN & WHERE:

9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 27

Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center

MU Campus

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