Mostly Green Halloween at Gillespie

October 22, 2013

MostlyGreenHalloweenThe Gillespie Museum will celebrate its 5th annual “Mostly Green Halloween,” a showcase of hands-on activities and experiments demonstrating some of the mysteries of the plant and animal world, on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  One of the museum’s monthly Science Saturdays, the event welcomes scientists of all ages.

The activities, designed by Stetson undergraduates, will encourage visitors to engage with wonders of the natural world. In the photo to the left, one young pirate learns how enzymes speed up chemical reactions from biology major Anja Erwin at last year’s event.

Students in Professor Cindy Bennington’s Flora of Florida class have designed a range of outdoor activities to appeal to the curiosity of children about the natural world. Children will have an opportunity to search for plants in a scavenger hunt, investigate the movement of seeds with a craft, feel the diverse shapes and textures of plant parts in a game, and explore the uses of Florida plants by Native Americans through crafts and music. Minerva McGonagall  will teach some chemistry basics in her Potions Lab, provided by the Stetson HATS (High Achieving Talented Students) Program. Students will also have the opportunity to make their own wands…remember it is the wand that chooses the wizard!

“Science Saturday events,” explains Bennington, “give Stetson students a chance to apply their knowledge and share their excitement about the natural world with college students of the future.”

Visitors will be welcome to explore the museum’s mineral collections and earth science displays. Costumes are encouraged.  The event is open to the public and admission is free. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Gillespie Museum is located on the southeast corner of the Stetson campus, at 234 East Michigan Avenue, DeLand.  For more information: 386.822.7330 or www. gillespiemuseum@stetson.edu.




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