Community Outreach

Interior Alaska Science Fair

Each year, the education department chooses projects at the Interior Alaska Science Fair that demonstrate Alaska-related exhibit themes.

Student collections of specimens and/or observations of natural and cultural history phenomena are important. We judge the exhibit on the clarity of the hypothesis, research methodology, conclusions, and how the exhibit theme is interpreted. Only six awards are given each year. Congratulations to the winners of the museum’s 2018 District Science Fair Awards!

2018 District Science Fair Winners:

Insect Growth Project – Fionn, 6th grade, Chinook Charter School

How Crabs Molt – Lenore and Fern, 2nd and  4th grade, University Park Elementary

Staying Warm – Isabel, 4th grade, Tri-Valley School

Feathers – Hazel, 3rd grade, Pearl Creek Elementary

Dragonfly Life Cycle – Zozsa, Spruce Tree Montessori


Science Potpourri

A woman and two children look at images on a table through 3-D glasses.

This year's Science Potpourri is April 14, 2018, noon to 3 pm. Museum staff will be presenting activities exploring the science of outer space!

Science Potpourri is a UAF tradition! For more than 20 years, the free community event has entertained and inspired the Fairbanks community with science shows, make-and-take-home activities, demos and lots of fun for all ages.

From 2012-2015, our Education department held Nanotechnology activities in collaboration with Research Assistant Professors Shiva and Nilima Hullavarad (INE). In 2016, we celebrated National DNA Day in collaboration with UAMN Genomic Resources and the Institute of Arctic Biology.

UAMN Education & Public Programs is part of the NISE Network.


Community Fairs

Look for us at local community events: the Fairbanks Families Partnership Health Fair in September, Mush for Kids in April, and others!





UAMN Science Night

Enhance your school‘s family science night or another special event with hands-on specimens and museum science and art activities. We can provide a museum educator and activities for a complete event or complement your existing plans with an individual engaging activity and skilled educator. Visit our UAMN Science Night page.

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