The 11th annual MSU Science Festival is taking place throughout the month of April at Michigan State University and various locations throughout the state. The MSU Museum, as a partnering venue, has collaborated with the Smithsonian and other entities on campus to present special programs for this year’s festival.
Celebrating and exploring science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), the festival boasts an impressive lineup of over 200 free events. Among the numerous programs, the MSU Museum is proud to partner on several, including behind-the-scenes collections tours, special talks, hands-on activities, and more. A standout event is the “Night at the MSU Museums” scheduled for Friday, April 14. Both the MSU Museum and the MSU Broad Art Museum will host an evening where visitors of all ages can engage in science and art-inspired activities, special tours, art making, hands-on collections, and more.
According to Devon Akmon, the director of the MSU Museum, “We are thrilled to be a part of this year’s MSU Science Festival and to collaborate with the Smithsonian and our colleagues on campus to showcase the wonders of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.”
In addition, the MSU Museum will host Dr. Margaret Weitekamp—Curator and Department Chair of the Space History Department at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—for a discussion of her new book, Space Craze: America’s Enduring Fascination with Real and Imagined Spaceflight. This program will be followed by a book signing where books will be available for purchase from Schuler Books. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 PM at the Abrams Planetarium in partnership with the Smithsonian, MSU Observatory, and Abrams Planetarium.
All events are free, and a comprehensive listing of MSU Science Festival programs can be found at Michigan State University’s Science Festival website.