- Mark your calendar: Fall conference call
Let's have one more conference call later this fall to check in about plans for the Insect Fair. Mark your calendar for Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Call in details will be the same as always: Dial 424-203-8075, access code 795878#. Talk to you then!
Read the summary of our Aug. 21 conference call here.
- Driven to Discover Research Summit: Dec. 7 - 8, 2012
The 2012 Discover to Discover Research Summit will overlap with our annual Ecology/Insect Fair on Dec. 8, 2012. We will have a special Driven to Discover event on Dec. 7; this will start at approximately 5:00 p.m. and will include a dinner and a program that will include activities appropriate for the ages of all of your youth. We will put teams from outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro-area up in a local hotel, and will cover meals starting with Friday supper and ending with Saturday lunch. We realize that travel will be complicated for teams that are coming from a long way; we would love to have a research report from your teams as a Powerpoint, movie, or written report if you can't travel. However, we can pay airfare for up to four people from each of our Ohio and Virginia teams, and will provide reimbursement for gas for our Wisconsin and outstate Minnesota teams; we do hope that you can come to this event, and perhaps explore the Twin Cities with your research teams! If it is hard to get students out of school and leaders would like to come without youth, that is fine too.
We are looking at possible venues for the dinner and program Friday night, and hope to use a local nature center so that we can do at least some outdoor activities (we Minnesotans love our winters).
The Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. At the Fair, your team will have an opportunity to share their findings with scientists and their peers, and attend fun, science-related activities. Again, these activities will provide options for all ages.
You will receive a lot more information about the Research Summit. For now, you should save the dates, and communicate to parents that the event is taking place on the U of M campus and a nearby nature center. We'll be asking for RSVPs soon!