Community Outreach

Interior Alaska Science Fair

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 2023 Museum Education awards!

2023 Museum Education Award Winners

Science Fair project board



Project Paw — Knox, Pearl Creek, 1st grade






Science Fair project display


Awesome Rocks — Myles, Ticasuk Brown, 2nd grade


Posterboard labeled "Having Fun With Wild & Garden Plants". Next to the poster are several potted plants.



Having Fun With Wild & Garden Plants — Roseanna, Tri-Valley, 4th grade







Posterboard labeled "Identifying Alaska Grouse & Ptarmigan", with several bird wings laid out on a table in front.



Identifying Alaska Grouse & Ptarmigan — Leif, Anne Wien, 4th grade




Science Fair Project Display




Kleptothermy — Ren, University Park, 1st grade






Science Fair Project Display

Engineering an Albergsaurus Toy — Oliver, Barnette, Kindergarten

UAMN partnered as a co-host of the 2020 and 2021 Virtual Science Fairs. View the online albums:

Science Potpourri

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


Two children stand in front of a cardboard cutout of a grizzly bear.


Community Fairs

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



Child looking at a grizzly bear skull replica through a magnifying glass.UAMN Science Night

Enhance your school‘s family science night or other special event with hands-on museum objects and activities. We can provide a museum educator and activities for a complete event or complement your existing plans with an educator and single activity. Visit our UAMN Science Night page for more information.