Science Kits

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We will be distributing a limited number of free Science Kits for our youth programs! The kits are not required to enjoy our online youth programs, but will provide all materials a child might need for doing our activities at home. Information on how you can pick up a kit for your household is below. Remember to mask up when you pick up your kit at the KU Natural History Museum. 

HOW TO GET YOUR FREE SCIENCE KIT IN JUNE

We'll be distributing free Science Kits outside the KU Natural History Museum at Dyche Hall on Saturday, June 12, 10am to 2pm, or until we run out. In keeping with current CDC guidelines, if you are not vaccinated against COVID-19, please wear a mask. Households can get up to 2 kits total.

Kits for June will have materials and an informational guide (PDF) for Pop Up Science - Fossil Shark Teeth, a virtual event on Facebook on Saturday, June 19 at 10am, and viewable anytime after, too.

Event: Pop Up Science - Fossil Shark Teeth
Join us on June 19th at 10am for a very special Pop Up Science episode all about fossil shark teeth! We’ll learn how to identify fossilized shark teeth that date from about 15 to 5 million years old, including teeth of the famous C. megalodon shark! Meet a special guest from the Aurora Fossil Museum in North Carolina and learn why the rock layers there contain so many fossil shark teeth. Eleanor will also compare and contrast the fossils from Aurora with those you can find in eastern Kansas. This episode will be  lots of fun, so don’t miss it!

We have drive-up and walk-up options for picking up your kit:

Drive-up option:
Museum staff will direct you to pull your car up to a designated spot on Jayhawk Boulevard in front of the north entrance of the museum (closest to the KU Memorial Union). Then, they’ll give you a kit containing all materials needed for the designated program(s). Our program videos remain online too, so if you can't follow along on the day of the event, you can still do science with us when it's convenient for your young scientist!

Walk-up option:
You can walk up to the museum to pick up a kit, too! Museum staff will direct you to the pick up location while maintaining a 6-foot distance between you and others.

Science Kit Pick Up Location and Other Information:

The KU Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone number: 785-864-4173
Event calendar

We have a limited number of kits. A total of 60 kits are available and will be distributed first come, first served. 

If you are waiting for your kit and do not see a staff member, call 785-864-4173. 

A few kits have been set aside for individuals that are unable to collect kits at the museum. To request one of these kits be mailed to you, contact Colleen MacGilvray (macgilvrc@ku.edu). For June 12 Science Kits, please request by 5pm on Wednesday, June 9.

Kits will contain all materials you need for our activities, plus copies of our activity PDFs, which will also be available online. There will also be a link to a survey, which is optional. 

PREVIOUS KIT DISTRIBUTION EVENTS:
All related videos are available anytime on our Facebook page videos tab. 

Science Kits - Saturday, May 8
This provided materials for:

Pop Up Science - Symmetry in the Natural World,  a virtual event on Facebook on Saturday, May 15 at 10am, and viewable anytime after, too.

Event: Pop Up Science - Symmetry in  the Natural World!
This video is available on our Facebook page.

Science Kits - Saturday, April 10, 10am-2pm
This provided materials for:

Story Book Science STEM Challenge: Cleaning Up an Oil Spill
Video premieres on Facebook on Wed., April 7 at 10am
Pop Up Science - The Water Cycle! 
Video premieres on Facebook on Sat., April 17 at 10am
Story Book Science STEM Challenge: Protecting Sea Turtle Nests 
Video premieres on Facebook on Wed., April 21 at 10am

Science Kits - Saturday, March 21, 12pm-4pm
This provided materials for:

Discovery Day: Amazing Adaptations - Videos premiere on Facebook on Sun., March 28 from 10am-4pm
(1) Fly Eyes Model Glasses
(2) Clasp Like A Chameleon
(3) Act Like an Aye-Aye
(4) DIY Spraying Bombardier Beetle
(5) Make Your Own Magnification Tool
(6) Color Changing Chameleon
(7) Craft Your Own Lichen
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8) Coelacanth Connect the Dots

Science Kits - Saturday, March 13, 10am-2pm 
This provided materials for:

Story Book Science STEM Challenge – Writing in a Nature Journal  - Video premieres on Facebook on Wed., March 10 at 10am
Pop Up Science – Bird Beaks! - Video premieres on Facebook on Sat., March 20 at 10am
Story Book Science STEM Challenge – Modeling Prickly Cactus Roots - Video premieres on Facebook on Wed., March 24 at 10am