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Scientist in the Spotlight: Metric system/magnets

Join us Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
These demonstrations are geared toward all ages.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Measuring with metric

Even though the United States signed the Treaty of the Meter in 1875, we continue to use two sets of measurement units side by side, leading to wasted time and medical errors—among other issues. Stop by and learn from Linda Anderman, with the Lab's Bradbury Science Museum, about the advantages of the metric system. There are scales both old and new to play with and an opportunity to consider if our current path really "measures up."

While here, pick up your free, metric-only ruler.

From 1 to 3 p.m.
Magnetic fields: Why do magnets stick to some things and not others?

On the same day but a little later, Chuck Mielke, director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory-Pulsed Field Facility, will show how magnets can behave in interesting ways. Activities will include playing with superconductors (and liquid nitrogen) and magnets. What could be more “attractive”? Come by with the family for some magnetic-field fun.

Scientist in the SpotlightJoin us every second Saturday of the month for Scientist in the Spotlight, a program featuring scientists that have been certified for public outreach through the museum’s Scientist Ambassador Academy. These scientists will be in the Museum to talk with visitors for a couple of hours about their favorite science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) subject. Conversations are intended for all ages and include interactive hands-on activities that make learning easy and fun. Learn more about the Scientist Ambassador academy.