“Exploration of Water for Food” is the University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall’s June Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families. Visitors can participate in a variety of hands-on activities related to using freshwater for agriculture. The museum is partnering with the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska to present the program June 12 from 1:30-4:30pm.
Seventy percent of the world’s freshwater is used for agriculture. Ensuring that we have enough water to feed our growing world population is a complex challenge that requires an interdisciplinary approach. The Water for Food Institute draws on expertise from faculty across the University of Nebraska’s four campuses to help develop solutions to ensure global water and food security. Visitors will explore the world of water for food with activities focused on microbes, minerals, water use and consumption, and interactions between humans, animals and ecosystems.
Presenters will lead visitors in a scavenger hunt through the “Minerals and Meteorites” exhibit to identify minerals present in soils and sediments. A playdough activity will allow children to mold their own microbes. Visitors will also learn about the One Health approach and challenge their knowledge about how much water is needed to grow crops in Nebraska and learn more about water’s vital role in food production.
Activities will be led by the following Water for Food Institute staff and Faculty Fellows:
- Jesse Starita, education and outreach associate, Water for Food Institute
- Elizabeth VanWormer, epidemiologist and assistant professor of practice, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Natural Resources, University of NebraskaLincoln
- Karrie Weber, microbiologist and assistant professor, School of Biological Sciences and Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of NebraskaLincoln