Community Outreach

Interior Alaska Science Fair

Butterflies and moths in clear envelopes; part of a student project.Every 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 2019 Museum Education awards!

Photo by Steffi Ickert-Bond.

2019 Museum Education Award Winners:

Fractals and Needles – Dara, 4th grade, Barnette Magnet School

Butterflies and Moths are Lepidoptera – Lilli, 3rd grade, Pearl Creek Elementary School

A Study of Macro Invertebrates in the Nenana River – Isabel, 5th grade, Tri-Valley School

The Different Frequencies of Alaska Native Drums – Joseph, 8th grade, Effie Kokrine Charter School

The Science of Frybread – Skye and Ani, 8th grade, Effie Kokrine Charter School


Science Potpourri

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

This year's Science Potpourri is April 13, 2019, 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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