The 2013 Family Reading and Science Program Workshop Series is Just Like Me?: exploring culture, biology and the human experience. Workshops are designed for children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult.
Each year the Museum partners with public libraries all over Southeastern Michigan to present three fun, family workshops about science. This year, to tie in with the Understanding Race Project and the traveling exhibition RACE: Are we so different? (February 2013-June 2013), we are focusing exploring how biology, anthropology, physics, geography and chemistry all play a part in race and culture.
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What makes us different? What makes us the same:
Exploring the biology behind our differences and similarities
There is no biological marker for race, so why do we look so different on the outside? Families will learn about the biological reasons behind different skin colors and hair textures and explore other inherited genetic traits, like the ability to taste certain compounds. Families will get to perform a DNA extraction
Exploring how geology, geography and human migration influenced food
Every country has a cuisine but why do the same ingredients, cooking techniques or types of food pop up all over the world? Families will learn how geology and geography relate to food, what "cultural transmission" is and they will also get to make their very own bread starter.
Can you feel the beat?
Exploring what makes music the universal language
They say music it the universal language, but why? Families will learn what makes some instruments more common than others and why some noises sound strange or get us excited. We will explore how cultural transmission influences music and families will get to make their own instruments.
Workshops at the Museum
To register for workshops at the Museum, call Marina Mayne at (734) 764-0480 or email email@example.com.
Workshops at the Museum:
Sunday, January 13, 1pm
Sunday, February 10, 1pm
Sunday, March 10, 1pm
Join us for Exploring Humanity Discovery Day, Saturday March 23, 9am to 5pm!
Family Reading & Science workshops are funded by a generous grant from the Toyota USA Foundation