Wisconsin Science Festival events to be held in Beloit and Janesville

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Photo provided Visitors learn about the science of weaving at an Overture Center exhibit during the 2018 "Science on the Square" event in Madison. This year Rock County will have activities which are part of the Wisconsin Science Festival.

BELOIT - Beloit will be one of more than 80 locations hosting Wisconsin Science Festival this year with activities at Beloit College and University of Wisconsin Whitewater at Rock County.

Although the festival has been around for many years, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kristin Labby said the event is new for Beloit College. Labby along with student volunteers and volunteers with the Upward Bound program will be offering science-fair style exhibits with hands-on demonstrations titled "Beloit College Featuring Tiny Earth."

Visitors will be able to learn about research work underway at the college, including work to discover new antibiotics from soil bacteria. The Beloit College event is set for noon - 3 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Sanger Center for the Sciences. Although all ages are encouraged to attend, the event will be most geared toward those in kindergarten through eighth grades.

"We will have tables with different demonstrations to try and touch, and some things for people to take home," Labby said.

With a steam distillation running which extracts the oil from the plants, visitors will be able to make essential oil necklaces.

At Super Science Saturday at UW Whitewater Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, attendees are invited to join faculty, staff and students in an open house event with hands-on science activities and exhibits from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Oct. 19. Participants also can learn about youth science and STEM programs. All ages are welcome.

The Wisconsin Science Festival is being held at venues around the state Oct. 17 - 20. The Wisconsin Science Festival is presented by a growing coalition of Wisconsin's science and arts communities.

Laura Heisler, director of the Wisconsin Science Festival, said meeting people where they are is an important part of introducing new audiences to science topics. It's hoped to connect everyone to their inner scientists, sometimes by connecting through unusual and unconventional avenues like the arts, entertainment and food.

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