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Rock out with experts in geology, paleontology, archaeology, and seismology at SciFest: Rock, Fossil, Quake. Discover the latest cutting-edge research, and meet paleontologists visiting from as far away as North Dakota and California! Check out a variety of experiences and activities–from earthquake modeling to glowing rocks to dinosaur bones and brains.

Full Schedule

CenterStage Presentations

11:15am Triceratops Talk
Dr. Andy Farke, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology
Dr. Ashley Morhardt, Washington University in St. Louis Paleontology

Meet visiting paleontologists, and learn about their work with Triceratops skulls and brains!

12:15pm Martian Geology
Michael Bouchard, NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis

Come learn more about what Mars is made of!

1:15pm Dino Life Talk
Dr. Denver Fowler, Badlands Dinosaur Museum
Dr. Casey Holliday, University of Missouri Integrative Anatomy

Come discover what the latest research both out in the field and in the lab is revealing about how dinosaurs lived!

2:15pm Amazing Science Demo: Volcano!
Find out how volcanoes work, and what makes them erupt!

3:15pm Dino Discovery Talk
Dr. Liz Freedman Fowler, Dickinson State University
Josh Mathews, Burpee Museum of Natural History

Meet visiting paleontologists and learn more about what it’s like to find and study dinosaurs!

Rock, Fossil, Quake Partners and Activities
FIRST FLOOR
  • OVERLOOK
    • Get your hands on planetary materials, and try out some interactive demos with Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, Washington University in St. Louis
    • Examine a variety of hadrosaur bones with Dr. Liz Freedman Fowler, Dickinson State University.
    • Do some mineral and rock identification with the Saint Louis Science Center.
    • See how high tech paleontology tools are used to study a Triceratops brain with Dr. Ashley Morhardt, Washington University in St. Louis Paleontology
    • Try out some hands-on activities and objects exploring dinosaur, crocodilian, and human evolution with Dr. Casey Holliday, Integrative Anatomy – University of Missouri
    • Participate in a variety of earthquake demos with Department of Geological Sciences at University of Missouri
  • LIFE SCIENCE LAB
    • Get a closer look at a collection of space rocks and learn more about asteroids and comets with St. Louis Space Frontier
    • Check out a display of meteorites with St. Louis Mineral & Gem Society
    • Check out some space rocks and impactites–rocks impacted by meteorites–with Asteroid Day – St. Louis
LOWER LEVEL
  • Check out some earthquake simulations and a supercomputing game with Southern California Earthquake Center
  • Get a look at tiny early horned dinosaurs, and see how they compare with the gigantic Triceratops with Dr. Andy Farke, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology
  • Do some mineral and rock identification with Saint Louis Science Center
  • See how looking at Triceratops bones can reveal how T.rex ate its prey with Dr. Denver Fowler, Badlands Dinosaur Museum
  • Take a look at Jurassic Age dinosaur bones from one of the largest dinosaur bone beds in the United States with Josh Mathews, Burpee Museum of Natural History
  • Learn more about the largest earthquake in American history with New Madrid Historical Museum
  • Explore fluorescent and radioactive minerals with St. Louis Community College Geology Club
  • Watch an earthquake liquefaction simulation, and learn more about earthquake safety with Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium
  • Find out more about the risk of earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, and the upcoming ShakeOut earthquake drill with Missouri State Emergency Management Agency

Mark your calendar for upcoming SciFest events in 2018!

October 13: The Great Outdoors
November 10: Healthy U.


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Time

Date:
September 22
Time:
9:30 am - 4:30 pm