Charles Darwin was one of the most important scientists who ever lived, and his work exemplifies the principles of scientific inquiry embraced by the Center for Inquiry-Austin. Darwin sailed around the world studying and collecting plants and animals in a wide variety of environments. Carefully analyzing his observations, Darwin formulated the theory of evolution by natural selection which helps explain the amazing diversity of life on Earth. Without the discovery of natural selection, the greatest achievements in health, philosophy, and human well-being over the past two hundred years would have been impossible. And so, Darwin’s global impact and his desire for truth through scientific discovery continue to be honored worldwide. But, it's probably hard to find him depicted wearing a cowboy hat anywhere but Darwin Day Austin!
On Saturday, February 13, 2016 from noon to 5pm, the Center for Inquiry-Austin will present a FREE event to celebrate the 207th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. There will be something for everyone—fun learning activities for children and teens, fascinating lectures and trivia contest for adults, and professional development credit for teachers.
12:30 PM "Redefining Morality: An Evolutionary Explanation" by Clare Wuellner, PhD
1:15 PM "Evolution In the Test Tube and In the Wild" by Prof. Andrew Ellington, Molecular Biosciences
3:30 PM Adult Trivia Contest - winners will be naturally selected
12:15 PM "The Life of Ants" by Alex Wild
1:00 PM Book Reading - "How The Whales Walked Into The Sea" by Faith McNulty
1:15 PM "Why Are Peacocks So Pretty And Warthogs So Ugly?" by Clare Wuellner
2:00 PM Book Reading - "Little Changes" by Tiffany Taylor
2:30 PM Darwin's Birthday Cake!
3:00 PM "How Animal Teeth Reveal What They Eat" by Stephanie Martin
3:45 PM "How Spiders Went Crazy - The Big Secret" by Spider Joe
4:30 PM UT Vertebrate Paleontology Presentation
Interactive Activities For "Kids" of All Ages
Fossil Excavation Site
Scavenger Hunt for Knowledge
Naturally Selected Adult Trivia Contest
Living Large Under The Microscope
Art of Evolution Coloring Table
Face Painting Designs by Nature
Birthday Cake! Door Prizes!
Professional Development Credit
Teacher workshop begins at 3:00 PM. Register and get more information here: Texas Memorial Museum.
Thank You to Our Sponsors for Supporting Science Education!
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Texas Memorial Museum Victor Shami
UT Environmental Science Institute Patrick Draper