CALS at the Market
Join the U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the 2019 Moscow Farmers Market each Saturday from May-October in downtown Moscow.
The centerpiece of the CALS presence at the market will be the Summer of Science program in June, July and August for children ages 5 to 11. Topics will include entomology, animal science, plant science, nutrition, food science and more. CALS faculty experts and students will be on hand each Saturday to introduce children to the science behind their academic field through fun, hands-on, science-based experiences.
Children will receive a science passport upon their first visit to the CALS booth. Those that attend at least five events will be entered into a drawing for great prizes. Children will also have the opportunity to build their own science kit during their visit.
During May, September and October, CALS will offer additional programs about research, teaching and extension activities.
Summer of Science
- June 8 — Wheat to flour — Children will grind wheat into flour using Idaho Farm Bureau gear. U of I Food Scientist Helen Joyner will help them learn about how protein affects dough.
- June 15 — Fabric dyeing — Children will learn more about how dyes and cloth work together to make colorful clothing with experts from the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences.
- June 22 — Healthy Soil — Lots of little tiny things live in soil and help people grow food. Soil Scientist Michael Strickland will help children learn about some of the itsy bitsy critters under our feet.
- June 29 — Idaho butterflies — Insect expert Luc LeBlanc of the Barr Entomology Museum at U of I will bring some common local butterflies to farmers market for children to see and learn about.
- July 6 — Ag Econ Wheel of Fortune — Weather, supply, demand and lots of things affect farmers and ranchers. Get some sweet advice from agricultural economists Norm Ruhoff, Chris McIntosh and Larry Makus.
- July 13 — Clean Water — UI Extension water educator Jim Ekins will show how we work to keep water clean with demonstration equipment from the Idaho Farm Bureau
- July 20 — DNA Today — Our DNA tells us whether we will have blue or brown eyes, black or blond hair and whether we’re people or strawberries! Biotechnology scientist Joe Kuhl will show how much DNA strawberries have.
- July 27 — UI Extension 4-H Sewing — 4-H Clubs teach members how to do lots of things from giving chickens baths to look their best to learning to sew beautiful clothes for kids. Try making a project of your own.
- Aug. 3 — What kind of bug is that? — Hi-tech insect ID will make it faster and easier to tell bugs apart. Insect expert Marek Borowiec is using pictures and computers for the job.
- Aug. 10 — Try your hands at milking — Dairy scientist Amin Ahmadzadeh will explain lots of things about how cows make milk. Kids can try milking the Idaho Farm Bureau’s artificial cow, too.
- Aug. 17 — From one plant, make many — Plant expert Bob Tripepi will show how to make many plants from just a few. Kids will get their own plant to grow at home.
- Aug. 24 — Fun with Food — What we eat and how food affects our bodies is nutrition expert Annie Roe’s focus. Kids will have fun learning about both topics.
- Aug. 31 — Rise up with yeast — See why yeast plays a big role in our favorite foods.
A Summer of Science
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