Science Alive!

Attend the 2018 Science Alive! event, when everything science comes alive at the St. Joseph County Public Library in downtown South Bend. Visit the ND Energy room and learn everything there is to know about energy ... where it comes from, how it is produced, and what you can do to conserve it. There will be activities on every floor!

Along with members of the Student Energy Board, participating ND Energy affiliated faculty members in this year's event include: Jennifer Schaefer, Jonathan Whitmer, David Go, William Schneider, Amy Hixon, Peter Burns, Kyle Doudrick, Svetlana Neretina, Abigail Mechtenberg.

Special Presentations

StormTeam 16 - 10:30 a.m. 
It’s amazing how meteorologists track the ever-changing weather conditions. Discover the way a weather forecast is created by using science and art with guests from StormTeam 16.

Silly Safaris - 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
He’s back! Amazon John of Silly Safaris returns with his animal pals to Science Alive. Meet an assortment of exotic animals as well as some furry new friends.

Science Central - 1:30 p.m. 
Sound has never been this exciting! Science Central will be here to delve deeper into the movement of sound!

SeaBeast Puppet Company - 3:00 p.m. 
Presenting “The History of Light!” This enchanting shadow puppet show takes us on a trip through time and space to explore the world's many sources of light!


Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics in Physics and Astronomy, University of Notre Dame
3rd Floor - Children’s Storytime Room
Join physicists from Notre Dame to discover weird things about the world around us. Freeze a flower to change its smell, see sound waves, smash atomic nuclei, and more!

Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy)
3rd Floor - Presentation Room
Why is energy important? How can we use less energy in ways that are safer for us and for the environment? See what activities ND Energy’s researchers have for you this year!

LittleBits Droid Kits
1st Floor - Studio 304 Digital Lab
These are the droids you're looking for. Try your hand at droid building with LittleBits Droid Kits. Create simple circuits and programs with the Arduino by LittleBits. Use LittleBits to create music with the Korg synthesizer kit.

Kids Astrocamp at Camp Eberhart
Lower Level - Molloy Room
Solar system activities for kids 

Michiana Astronomical Society & Kennedy Planetarium
Lower Level - Pokagon Room
Think about it -- what do you know about the planets of our solar system? What do you wish you knew about them? What new discoveries are being made? What are some of the new questions to explore? Come, discover with us!

QuarkNet Physics and the University of Notre Dame
Lower Level - Dickinson Conference Room
Detecting the Universe: How we see events from the tiniest to the largest!

Electronics Take-Apart (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Library Annex 305 S. Michigan St., South Bend
Spend some time taking apart old electronic items to see how they work. We’ll have computers and small appliances for you to dig into with our tools. For ages 9 and up.


Pick up a Science Alive Passport at the greeter table, then visit and get your passport stamped to enter a drawing for prizes.

Quiet Room

Lower Level - Rockne Room
Need a break to let your brain (or phone) recharge after too much amazing science? Take a moment in our Quiet Room. Coloring and other quiet activities will be provided.

Interactive Exhibits

ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers, North Central
Association for Women in Science at Notre Dame
Curbside Recycling of St. Joseph County
Dino Don
ETHOS Science Center - Science 2 Go Bus
ExPAND - Experiments in Physics and Astronomy, Notre Dame
Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve
Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana Communities 206-209
Greene Environmental Learning Center
HealthWorks! Kids' Museum
History of Manned Space Flight
Hoosier Shrimp Farm
IUSB Anthropology Club
JINA-CEE - Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, Notre Dame
Kids AstroCamp at Camp Eberhart
Michiana Aquarium Society
Michiana Astronomical Society and Kennedy Planetarium
Michiana Gem and Mineral Society
Naturally Native Nursery
ND Energy - Notre Dame Center for Sustainable Energy
North Central Dental Society
Notre Dame Biology Graduate Students Organization
Notre Dame Children's Learning Labs
Notre Dame QuarkNet Center
Notre Dame Rocketry Team

Peace Bees
Potato Creek State Park
Potawatomi Conservatories
Potawatomi Zoo
Prairie Winds Nature Farm
Reptile Rescue of South Bend, IN.
Riverbend Community Math Center
Stanley Clark School
St Joseph 4H Rabbit Poultry Cavy Club
St Joseph County SWCD
STARBASE Indiana South Bend
Unity Gardens

2018 Science Alive! Flyer