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Expert from UWSP to discuss history of science fairs

For the Metro Wire

Over the course of the 20th century, generations of American children conducted their first experiments by crafting science fair projects. Learn more about the larger historical implications of science fairs in a free lecture offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

“Science Fairs in the Age of Sputnik” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, presented by Sarah Scripps, assistant professor in the UW-Stevens Point Department of History and International Studies. Held in the Pinery Room of the Portage County Public Library, 1001 Main St., Stevens Point, this is the sixth talk in the eight-part 2018-2019 Community Lecture Series. The public may attend free of charge.

“This talk evaluates the phenomenon of science fairs as part of the broader American fascinations and fears of science in the era of Sputnik,” Scripps said.

Scripps received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Her specialties include modern U.S. and public history, museum studies and the history of science and technology.

Also, a lecture originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, has been rescheduled. “Barbies or Monster Trucks? The Role of Gender in Children’s Toy Interests” by Psychology Professor Erica Weisgram, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the same location in the library. It is also free and open to the public. It was postponed because of inclement weather.

For more information on the Community Lecture Series, visit www.uwsp.edu/cols/lectureseries or email stappa@uwsp.edu.