Archive by Author | Christina M Balentine

Recording of What are We Eating?

Thanks to those who made it out to our last virtual Science Under the Stars with Lydia Tressel about What are We Eating? If you missed this mouthwatering presentation, check out the recording of the lecture and Q&A with Lydia. And check out our YouTube channel for recordings of our past virtual Science Under the Stars lectures!

Virtual SUTS! What are We Eating?

Welcome to Science Under the Virtual Stars! This month we’ll be learning all about the foods we eat. Is a tomato a vegetable? Is a strawberry a berry? Stay tuned for Lydia Tressel’s talk on April 8th at 7:00 pm CDT to find out! Below is a PDF full of links to activities to test your fruity knowledge. We also have our virtual natural history tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory. The live lecture and Q&A will be held over Zoom–link below!

What are We Eating? Click the link or the image above to access a PDF full of links to fun food-related activities for all ages!

Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)

Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, April 8th at 7:00pm CDT:

Topic: Virtual SUTS! What are We Eating?
Time: Apr 8, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://utexas.zoom.us/j/91053938050

Meeting ID: 910 5393 8050

April 8th, Lydia Tressel

What are We Eating?

Please note that for this event, both the lecture and Q&A will be live and recorded.

Did you know that both bananas and tomatoes are berries? Did you know that strawberries and raspberries are not berries? Oh my what a fruity conundrum! We will discuss the difference between the botanical and culinary definition of fruits and vegetables. As well as subtypes of fruits and vegetables! Get ready to learn what you eat! 

Science Under the Stars has gone virtual! This semester all SUTS activities will be online, but we encourage you to participate outdoors under the stars in your backyard! (If wifi allows for it, of course.) This month’s schedule is as follows:

  • April 1st: Links to the kids activities and live online lecture/Q&A will be posted here and as an event on our Facebook page.
  • April 8th, 7:00pm CDT: Live online lecture and Q&A with the speaker!

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series based in Austin, Texas.

Recording of Snakes of Central Texas

Thank you everyone who came to our last presentation to hear Thom Marshall tell us all about the cool snakes you can find in Central Texas! In case you missed the live event, or want to listen again, click here or the image above for the recording of the lecture and Q&A. And check out our YouTube channel for recordings of our past virtual Science Under the Stars lectures!

Virtual SUTS! Snakes of Central Texas

Welcome to Science Under the Virtual Stars! This month we’ll be learning all about the snakes of Central Texas. Below is a list of activities all dealing with snakes. You’ll learn about their biology, ecology, and that they’re not so scary! We also have our virtual natural history tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory. The live lecture and Q&A with Thom Marshall will be held on March 11th at 7:00 pm CST. The Zoom webinar link is at the end of this post.

Make a snake! What can you find in the house to make a snake?

Once your snake is made take turns to hide and find the snake(s)

S-s-s-snakes alive! Can you identify all the body parts of your snake? Which ones are venomous?

Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake. Photo by Thom Marshall

Can you identify the snake? Snake Identification Quiz #1 & Snake Identification Quiz #2

Snakes and Ladders with Ecology: More advanced game, so best for kids 10+ and adults

Online Game: Snakes and Ladders. Improve counting and adding

Online Game: Snakes! The game. Improve use of computer keyboard. Try with your left and right hand

Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)

Black-necked Gartersnake. Photo by Thom Marshall

Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, March 11th at 7:00 pm CST: https://zoom.us/j/96004227540