MSU Science Festival: Three Events!

Date: April 8, 2017
Time: various (see description)
Location: various (see description)

Join MSU Forestry for three special activities at the MSU Science Festival: 1.) Trees: Making a World of Difference One Planting at a Time 2.) The Fungi in Our Lives 3.) Knock on Wood: The Magical Mystery of Tree Growth.

  • Trees: Making a World of Difference One Planting at a Time
    • Come join us in making a difference! Learn about trees and how they are important in our everyday lives. Discover their life cycle and how they help better our future. Plant a seedling and take it home to take care of. This activity is hands on and encourages participants to feel comfortable with touching soil and to understand the basics of tree form and planting techniques.
    • Presented by: MSU Forestry graduate student, Sahar Haghighat
    • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Location: Molecular Plant Sciences Building Atrium. View on MSU Campus Map.
  • The Fungi in Our Lives

    • Touch and explore items from our daily lives that have fungi. Discover how common fungi actually are and what purpose they serve in our lives and in nature.
    • Presented by: MSU Forestry graduate student Katherine Wood
    • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Location: Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building and Chemistry Building. View on MSU Campus Map.
  • Knock on Wood: The Magical Mystery of Tree Growth

    • Join us for a journey through space and time using tree growth rings. We will have three to four tree cross-sections (one of which is larger than three feet!) to illustrate how trees take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into woody tissue. Participants will gain hands-on experience coring trees (we will use mounted logs instead of whole trees) with an increment borer to estimate a tree’s age and past growth. There will be at least three tree coring stations, and participants will be taught how to properly take samples so they can see how scientists measure the age and past growth of a tree without cutting it down. We will discuss how tree growth rings form and how they can be used to identify past disturbance events including fires and droughts. At least one of the tree cross-sections will have fire scars from a fire many years in the past that students can inspect. We will have a portable photosynthesis system commonly used to measure leaf-level gas exchange on hand, so participants can directly measure carbon dioxide uptake by individual leaves.
    • Each student will take home their own small tree cross section (one to two inches in diameter) to use as a keychain and to remember their SciFest experience.
    • Time: 11:00-11:45 a.m. and Noon-12:45 p.m.
    • Location: Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building, Room 1410. View on Campus Map.