The 6th Annual MSU Science Festival

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Science is the world around us. When strange things happen, such as the high flood levels MSU’s campus encountered in February, we turn to science to help us understand the “why’s” of our world today and for our future. As global warming has become more apparent, it is common for organizations to dedicate days toward making a change and broadening scientific awareness. For example, Earth Day is on April 22 and, according to, this year’s focus is on plastic pollution. 

The sixth annual MSU Science Festival is April 6-22. There will be over 200 activities on campus and statewide that are free for all ages. You can expect seminars, discussion panels, demonstrations, hands-on activities, tours and open houses all relating to the 2018 festival theme: To The Future and Back.

“This is one of the premier events of the spring, and many MSU student groups are involved in the festival,” Roxanne Truhn, a coordinator for the MSU Science Festival, said.

The MSU Science Festival is the largest science festival in Michigan, with events happening around Lansing and throughout the Michigan area. This year’s presenters will be “reaching beyond science to include technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), and the vital role they play shaping our future and everyday lives.” This year’s festival will have an East Lansing Expo Day (April 7) along with a Detroit Expo Day (April 15). 

“At the origin of the MSU Science Festival, it was primarily for children. We expand the event every year and cater it toward all audiences,” Truhn said. “We have added 70 events this year including laser tweezers that pick up single bacteria and explaining what happens to your body when you eat a piece of chocolate.”

Here are highlights of what to expect at the festival.

4/7 – East Lansing Expo Day
Three buildings will be filled with activities from A to Z from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can expect an event called “Going Green: How Plants Make the Oxygen We Breathe” at the Biomedical, Physical Sciences and Chemistry Building. In the spirit of Earth Day, learn about the plants that fight elements of global warming. Another event is called “Glowing Nanocrystals on Stretchable Materials.” Get the inside scoop on nanocrystals as well as scientific properties of other materials.

4/10 – Science of Star Wars
Look and learn about astronomy through the naked eye. You will also learn about the science behind the classical Star Wars series. This event is from 7-9 p.m. at Abrams Planetarium.

4/22 – Cirque du Sci
Picture Cirque du Soleil, but a scientific version. Enjoy food and drinks at Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern, as well as sensory tricks, optical illusions and more from 7-10 p.m.

In the light of Earth Day and being more respectful and aware of the environment around us, you won’t want to miss these unique and interesting events. Go ahead — take a break from studying for finals to see what the MSU Science Festival has to offer. For more amazing events and information about the MSU Science Festival, visit