Make a scene with CFANS science at the Minnesota State Fair – Crookston Times

Walk through the Bell Museum, create our state’s biomes with seed art and more at the U of M’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences exhibit

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MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL August 15, 2022 — Lights, Camera, Science! Visitors to the U of M’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) exhibit at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair will have a variety of hands-on opportunities to get involved in the science scene, doing everything from working with seeds to handling live bugs to solve food mysteries. Curious minds and budding scientists of all ages will enjoy getting in on the action.

Stroll around the Bell Museum

Hop aboard a drone (using virtual reality goggles) and ‘fly’ through the Bell Museum’s exhibits to celebrate its 150 years of scientific discovery. As Minnesota’s State Museum of Natural History, the Bell’s mission is to ignite curiosity and wonder, explore our connections to nature and the universe, and create a better future for our evolving world.

The Bell Museum is located on the Sister Cities campus of the U of M in St. Paul, where you’ll find the following and more:

• Impressive Specimens: Explore over 1 million scientific specimens representing every county in Minnesota and locations around the world.

• Dazzling dioramas: The Bell’s world-renowned wildlife dioramas transport you to natural habitats throughout our state.

• Astronomical Science: Journey through space and time in the 120-seat Bell Planetarium, where the world’s first 16-meter seamless dome surrounds you.

Visitors to the CFANS State Fair can also pick up discount coupons at the Bell Museum.

Sow the seeds of science – through art

Did you know that Minnesota’s landscape changes as you drive through the state’s various ecological zones? Minnesota sits at the center of where four major North American biomes meet. These are coniferous forests, deciduous forests, prairie grasslands and high aspen parks.

Visitors to the exhibit can contribute to the creation of a large cultural map of Minnesota’s four biomes using seeds from many varieties. Expert crop artist Liz Schreiber (pictured left), who has won seven first place ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair for her crop art since 2004, will be on hand daily from noon to 3 p.m., for to guide people in completing the biome map with images of animals and plants native to each.

Surprising pop-up science and inspiring selfies

During the fair, visitors can go behind the scenes and participate in a number of hands-on pop-up learning stations featuring engaging science activities for both children and adults. CFANS researchers will be there to “hook up” with live insects, teach you to be a “dietary detective,” help you take the plant disease “personality test,” and much more.

Visitors can also raise their paddles to steal their own scenes (and take memories home) at CFANS’ custom canoe selfie station.

CFANS will be at the Minnesota State Fair from August 25th to September 5th from 9am to 9pm each day in the southwest wing of the Agriculture Horticulture building.

For the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources

The University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources (CFANS) strives to inspire minds, nurture people, and sustainably improve the natural environment. CFANS has a legacy of innovation, bringing discoveries to life through science and training the next generation of leaders. Every day, students, educators, and researchers use science to address the world’s grand challenges today and in the future. CFANS offers an unparalleled breadth of experiential learning opportunities for students and the community, with 12 academic departments, 10 research and outreach centers across the state, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Bell Museum of Natural History, and dozens of interdisciplinary centers.

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