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NIU STEM Outreach and LaTourette Hall Observatory present Curious about Curiosity Mars Rover this Saturday evening, August 4th at 7pm. Experts will give a 30 minute talk on the geology of Mars and what the Mars Rover Curiosity is designed to explore. The talk will be followed by hands-on activities, including programming robotics and maneuvering remote controlled vehicles on an obstacle course. Throughout the activity, participants can also visit the observatory.
The presentation will be held at Northern Illinois University’s LaTourette Hall Room 200 on Normal Road from 7pm to 11pm Saturday. Phone: (815) 753-1201. Visit the NIU STEM website to learn more about their programs.
NIU STEM Cafe will sponsor a discussion titled The Trouble with Asian Carp this Thursday from 6pm-8pm at Tapa La Luna in downtown DeKalb. NIU STEM Cafe invites you to join Illinois Department of Natural Resources expert Vic Santucci, from the Aquatic Nuisance Species Program to find out what’s being done about this invasive species and discuss what other areas have done to make their aquatic nuisances more marketable.
Santucci will discuss how Asian carp made it to the U.S. and entered Illinois rivers, what problems they’re causing for native species and nature lovers, and how the DNR is planning to reduce and remove the Asian carp population. Several companies within Illinois are interested in expanding harvest of Asian carp for global markets where it is considered a delicacy, as well as developing carp solutions that include domestic markets and support of humanitarian aid where high quality protein is desired.
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