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 11, 2017 from noon to 5pm, the Center for Inquiry-Austin will present a FREE event to celebrate the 208th 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.
Enlightening Speakers (in the Li'l Tex room)
1 PM "Evolution of Power In Primates" by Prof. Rebecca Lewis
2 PM Darwin & General Science Adult Trivia Contest - winners will be selected naturally
3 PM "Sexual Selection, Sensory Exploitation, And Life In Pornotopia" by Prof. Mike Ryan
Kids Presentations (in the Tower room)
12:30 pm“Darwin Goes to the Movies: A Closer Look at James Cameron’s Avatar” by Clare Wuellner
1:00 Book Readings: Older Than the Stars by Karen Fox; Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story by Lisa Peters
1:30 pm “Ants” by Alex Wild
2:00 pm Book Reading: How Whales Walked into the Sea by Faith McNulty
2:30 pm BIRTHDAY CAKE
3:00 pm “Leapin’ Lemurs” by Rebecca Lewis
3:30 pm "How Animal Teeth Reveal What They Eat" by Stephanie Martin
Interactive Activities For "Kids" of All Ages
- Vertebrate Paleontology tables;
- Walk Like a Dinosaur: dino tracks activity
- Fossil Excavation Site (potash with Cenozoic marine fossils)
- Living Large Under The Microscope
- Darwin Photo-op (life-size pic of CD)
- Build-A-Dino Workshop
- Cavemaster: Paleolithic RPG
- Art of Evolution/science Coloring Table
- Face Painting (need someone who feels comfortable doing this)
- Pfun Physics Phenomena: demo of buoyancy, vacuum chamber, calcite crystal birefringence
Austin Nature and Science Center:
- Dino Lab (puzzle pieces),
- Dino or Dino-not (characteristics of dinos)
- Sifting for Evidence (sand with Cretaceous marine fossils).
Birthday Cake! Door Prizes!
Professional Development Credit
Teacher workshop by Pamela Owen from 11AM to 1PM in the Mustang Room. Teachers sign up at
http://tmm.utexas.edu/education/workshops/index.html [registration begins Jan 11]
Thank you to our sponsors for supporting science education!