This weekend members of our lab brought out our long-suffering arthropod menagerie for some more outreach, this time at our university for the annual Hallowe’en Science Spooktacular. This event combines the fun of Hallowe’en with the awesomeness of science. The displays on hand creepily demonstrated all kinds of horrifying things, such as radiation safety, microbiology, weird fluid dynamics, and of course, insects!
The event was packed!
Catherine tries to freak out a vampire with tales of spider biology. Actually, this is how she talks at any event, including during her Presiden’t’s Prize winning talk at last week’s ESC conference! Photo by Mike Hrabar.
This beautiful widow was one of three we brought out to demonstrate the awesomeness of these spiders.
Antonia Musso prepares the maggot art with some acrylic paint.
The artists get to work
Antonia displays the finest piece of the day.
Mike busts out the leaf insects.
The costumes add to the cuteness of kids meeting insects.
The undergrads were out in force to do their part in outreach. Great show everyone!
Bruce Leighton brings the steampunk chic with a horrifying Victorian curio cabinet!
Uranium glass fluorescing!
Bekka Brodie tries out the Van der Graaf, in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to convince her son Tavi to follow suit.
A glimpse into the wizarding world of microscopy.
A smoking-hot demonstration of glassblowing by our own Bruce Harwood.
Tavi got to take home an awesome glass dinosaur!
This Ewok was awesome!
This girl loved the black widows and the leaf insects.
This kid is filling his brains with insect knowledge.
It was great seeing all the parents bringing their kids out to these events. This kind of early exposure to science can’t be bad.
The end of a great day of science outreach! Photo by Mike Hrabar.