2011 was the 10th Anniversary for Classes Without quizzes! The year's event was held Saturday, April 2 in McNeal Hall on the St. Paul campus. For the 2nd year in a row, the program included special sessions for kids K - 3, and 4 - 6. New this year was a "family combined session" for parents and children to enjoy learning activities together.
Session 1 Topics
Session 2 Topics
Kid's Edition Sessions
- Kid's Edition sessions begin
Presented by Marla Spivak, MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology
Promoting the health of bee pollinators is beneficial in our environment. This can begin as an individual or local endeavor; however, one thing is clear, we need to support the health and diversity of bee pollinators. But why? Professor Spivak explains.
A. The Truth About Garden Remedies
All kinds of garden gurus are out there telling us what to do to solve all of our gardening woes: baking soda for blackspot, sugar for feeding your plants, or eggshells to stop slugs. But which work and which are hooey? Horticultural science associate professor Jeff Gillman will take a closer look at some popular garden remedies.
B. Kids Actually Like Whole Grain Foods?
Children are not getting enough whole grains to meet their traditional needs; but will they eat healthy food? Department of food science and nutrition associate professor Len Marquart discusses how perceptions can be changed and efforts to gradually introduce whole-grain foods into the diets of school-age children. Click for a copy of the presentation.
C. Who Pays Taxes?
Amid both the state budget debate and income tax season, the time is right to tackle some perennial questions about our government and who pays for it. Why does the government provide goods and services when the private sector can provide them so well? How should governments pay for the services they provide? Who pays which taxes? How might the state’s tax and spending priorities change in coming years? In this session Laura Kalambokidis, associate professor of applied economics, will lay the groundwork for a discussion of these and other pressing issues. Click for a copy of the presentation.
D. Water in the Land of Lakes
Water Resources Center co-director Faye Sleeper will present information on the quality of Minnesota's waters, the regulatory framework for protection and restoration of polluted waters, and the role of citizens in the process. Sleeper will de-mystify terms such as impaired waters, TMDLs, nonpoint source pollution, watershed and more.
E. Creating Sustainable Lawns
Eric Watkins, assistant professor of horticultural science, will explain which species of turfgrass provide excellent lawns with a minimum of water, nutrients and time. Click for a copy of the presentation.
F. The Meat We Eat
Meat is a nutrient-dense part of a healthy human diet, but how do you know which cuts are best? Animal Science associate professor Ryan Cox will discuss the factors at work in choosing meat as well as addressing "meat myths.”
G. Stem Rust Affects Everyone
A new race of stem rust, Ug99, has been detected in eastern Africa. What will its impact be on a local, regional, and global scale? Wheat and barley breeding experts Jim Anderson and Matthew Rouse will co-present on current efforts in improving wheat for resistance to Ug99 and why there's an urgent need to reduce the vulnerability of wheat worldwide.
H. At Least it Says so on the Package
What does “green” really mean? How can private businesses meaningfully engage in solving today and tomorrow’s environmental problems? Tim Smith, associate professor of bioproducts/biosystems engineering, will discuss the challenges of sustainability.
While you're attending the sessions of your choice, we'll have separate special programs designed especially for kids from grades K - 3, and grades 4- 6. Led by educators from the Bell Museum of Natural History, each age group will get to learn about the following topics:
I) Reptiles and Amphibians
Students will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Bell Museum's live reptiles and amphibians. From salamanders, snakes and turtles, students will learn their ancient natural history and the remarkable adaptations reptiles and amphibians have made to extreme climates and environments on land and in water.
J) The Secret Lives of Honey Bees
Students will meet the Bell Museum's busy honeybees and learn about their amazing social structure, as well as what qualifies them as "superorganisms" - students will learn about the critical role bees play in our ecosystem as pollinators.
You can elect to attend the optional Family Combined session with your child instead of a second adult session. Participants will have the chance to rotate between hands-on stations, activities and experiments. Some topics include:
Dead Leaves, Decomposers and Detritivores
Explore the role of decomposers in this hands-on exploration. Dig for earthworms, trace the fate of fallen leaves and learn about the creatures that make their living off the dead.
The passage into spring
Learn about seed germination and what happens outdoors with the arrival of spring. Participants will have to the opportunity to get involved with make and take activities to mark the passage into spring
Creepy Crawly Insects
Insects are the most successful organisms on the planet. Uncover each animal's biology and discover the role they play in keeping our world healthy, green and growing. Meet a variety of invertebrates such as giant hissing cockroaches and giant African millipedes.
Additional hands-on activity sessions will be led by CFANS students from the Fisheries and Wildlife Club and Food Science and Nutrition Club.
*Your child will still attend this session even if you choose to attend a second session from the adult program. We'll have plenty of volunteers, staff and other children for them to interact with!