The museum’s May Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families investigated “why plants don’t wear sweaters.” Hands-on activities focused on the effects of cold and freezing temperatures on plants.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors Rebecca Roston, assistant professor of biochemistry; James Schnable, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture; and Joshua Herr, assistant professor of plant pathology, led visitors in a variety of hands-on activities. The scientists had on display a variety of plants including venus flytraps.
Children and families made their own seed art while learning about plant phenotypes physical characteristics of an organism from both genetics and environment. Other hands-on activities included friendly competition testing visitor’s skills using science tools, participation in scientific experiments, and an opportunity identify differences and similarities in various types of seeds and mature plants, plus more.