Programs & Events

Sunday with a Scientist

Hands-on science for everyone

Meet a different scientist each month to learn about topics and careers in science. Scientists will share what they study in a fun, informal way through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and conversation.

Virtual Sunday with a Scientist is a FREE program.

October 25, 2020
Virtual Sunday with a Scientist: Molecules of Life
2:00-2:45 p.m. CST

Join Dr. Catherine Eichhorn, Assistant Professor in the UNL Department of Chemistry, to learn about the building block of life: DNA! Follow along at home as we extract DNA from pumpkins together using common household items. We'll also learn about the unique shapes and structures of DNA and other molecules of life.  Register here.

If you wish to follow along with the demonstrations during the program, you will need the following materials:

  • Pumpkins – can also use fruits like strawberry or kiwi
  • 70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Dish soap
  • Coffee filter or paper towel
  • Blender
  • Clear cup (glass or plastic)
  • Toothpick, kebab skewer, or wooden chopsticks

November 22, 2020
Virtual Sunday with a Scientist: Aircraft and Vibrations
2:00-2:45 p.m. CST

Join Dr. Keegan Moore, professor in the UNL Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, to learn about vibrations. Explore how a mechanical engineer can help make air travel safer and more fuel efficient. Follow along at home with vibration demonstrations. You may wish to have a rubber band and/or a slinky handy if you want to make vibrations along with the presenter. Register here.