Purdue exhibits on climate change, social networks at state fair

July 28, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Extension exhibits that cover an array of topics such as climate change and social networking will be featured in the Pioneer Our Land Pavilion at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 6-22.

The 10 exhibits offer learning for the entire family, said Danica Kirkpatrick, Purdue Agriculture events and educational activities coordinator.

"The exhibits bring the information and knowledge of Purdue's researchers to the general public," Kirkpatrick said.

Visitors can find out how people contribute to climate change and how they can reduce their impact at "The Climate Kids Chronicles: Volume 1 - Altered Earth." The display explores climate, weather and global warming with the Climate Kids.

Other exhibits are:

* "Be A Tooth Sleuth" - Put your detective skills to use as you tear, grind and chew your way through this exhibit. Become a tooth sleuth and discover what animals eat just by looking at their teeth.

* "Social Networking: Connect, Share, Protect" - Learn more about how you can communicate through Facebook and Twitter and best practices in using them.

* "Food For Thought: The World Food Prize and Hungry Planet" - Learn how Purdue researchers have helped reduce hunger around the world. The exhibit features the work of Philip E. Nelson and Gebisa Ejeta, Purdue's two laureates of the World Food Prize, often called the "Nobel Prize of Agriculture." Learn what and how much families around the world eat in one week.

* "The Bone Zone Carnival of Healthy Choices" - Explore the importance of diet and exercise for strong bones. Its carnival theme and interactive elements help children and adults develop healthy habits.

* "I.M. Robot" - Learn the basics of robotics, including the parts of a robot and what they do. Control a robot through interactive games, including Robot-A-Gobot.

* "For Our Kids, Our Community, and Our Animals: Purdue Veterinary Medicine" - Discover how the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine benefits children, communities and animals through innovations in science.

* "Universal Design: Housing Solutions for All Ages and Abilities" - Universal design creates environments and products that are attractive and easy for everyone to use. See how universal design improves the lives of people of all ages and abilities.

* "Purdue Plant Info to Go!" - Bring your gardening questions to Purdue Master Gardener volunteers from across Indiana. Purdue Master Gardeners are volunteer gardening educators for Purdue Extension. They will be available 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

* "the-education-store.com" - The Purdue Extension Education Store will launch its new, consumer-friendly website that includes more than 2,400 educational publications, many of them free. Learn more about the new website and pick up a Purdue football schedule.

The full list of Purdue Extension exhibits and descriptions also are at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/agcomm/Documents/2010-Exhibits.pdf

The Indiana State Fair takes place at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The Pioneer Our Land Pavilion is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Writer:  Sara Yelich, 812-691-0191, syelich@purdue.edu

Source:  Danica Kirkpatrick, 876-494-9113, dkirkpat@purdue.edu

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