Science Fair!

The medical school exhibit was one of my favorites

The medical school exhibit was one of my favorites

Actually, it was the Wisconsin State Fair, but there was plenty Science where I spent the most time.

The fair lasts for a bit over a week, today there were a couple tents setup for various UW-affiliated groups to put on displays.  I got to look at little bugs through a microscope, huge bugs in another display, extract DNA from some wheat germ (for any teachers reading this – it’s a super easy and interesting demo), see a stuffed badger (and learn why the it’s the UW mascot – mining), play with ferromagnetic nanoparticles, and look at some nifty 3-D printed microfluidic things.

Of course, I was there doing “outreach work” with IceCube – talking about Antarctica and physics a bit, but mostly helping kids get started with melting these big blocks of ice to simulate the drilling that was done to build the real detector:

Kids getting started with "hot water drilling" holes into ice blocks

Kids getting started with “hot water drilling” holes into ice blocks

IceCube has the whole thing pretty well figured out – they’ve been attending the fair for a few years, and the hot water drilling demo is a consistent hit.  For the adults, there was a DOM on display, and some knowledgeable people were around for any tough questions that came up.

Outside the UW area, I sampled some of the fried-food-on-a-stick that the fair is so famous for; had a footlong corn dog and a deep fried snickers bar!

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