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EVENT DATE/TIME:  Saturday, March 6, 2004 from 11am to 5pm


TODAY'S DATE:  February 19, 2004

Susan Romberg, Director of External Affairs
WHAT:  Austin Science Fun Day
WHEN:  11am to 5pm on Saturday, March 6, 2004
WHERE:  Texas Memorial Museum at 2400 Trinity (two blocks north of the UT stadium)
ADMISSION:  FREE – open to the public. Free parking available in the adjacent garage. 

Austin Science Fun Day features 15 interactive booths offering entertainment and education for the whole family, with experiments created and demonstrated by Austin-area schoolchildren in partnership with local science organizations. 

Austin Science Fun Day is sponsored by AMD, National Instruments, KXAN-TV 36, and Tokyo Electron America.

For updated information on this event, see www.austinsciencefunday.org. For additional program information or to arrange media opportunities, contact Dianne Folkerth.
SPECIAL:  Book Signing with Author Lynne Cherry, 1:00 - 4:00  pm
Talk to Lynne Cherry during Austin Science Fun Day as she signs copies of How Groundhog’s Garden Grew, The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest, and The Armadillo from Amarillo. Learn how to cut open vegetables such as peppers, pumpkins and cantaloupe, how to clean the seeds, dry them and store them over the winter. Lynne hopes her new book, How Groundhog’s Garden Grew, will inspire schools to transform their schoolyard into a nature center, a hands-on science center, a peaceful place to read a book and make connections to the other living things with whom we share our world.
How Groundhog’s Garden Grew, The Great Kapok Tree, and The Armadillo from Amarillo will be on sale in The Museum Store.


The Texas Memorial Museum recently completed renovations on three floors.  All-new exhibit features include:
• the first immersive 3-D virtual reality museum exhibit in the country,
• a working paleontologist on hand to answer questions from visitors, and
• live-animal exhibits of Texas wildlife.
The Museum is the only museum in Central Texas dedicated entirely to natural science. 
Floor One:  Encounter dinosaurs and fossil animals at every turn in the new Hall of Geology.  One alcove displays a wide variety of gems and minerals; another includes a working paleontologist answering questions from visitors while preparing fossils for display; yet another features drawer upon drawer of museum specimens to help visitors identify fossil finds from their own back yards.
Floor Two:  Showcasing the Museum’s most valuable specimens – many never before seen by the public – the exhibit entitled Natural Wonders: Treasures of the TMM draws directly from the research of UT scientists.  Specimens are rotated into the exhibit from TMM’s collections several times during the year, allowing visitors access to as many important specimens as possible. 
Floor Three:  Wildlife exhibits feature mounted specimens of Texas birds, animals, reptiles and amphibians.  A section highlighting Fishes of Texas includes interactive multimedia displays, underwater photographs, and collected specimens, helping visitors gain an appreciation of the diversity and value of Texas fishes.  
Floor Four:  Highlighting the new fourth-floor Biodiversity Discovery Hall is a new virtual reality exhibit featuring the first immersive 3-D museum display in the country, with images of fossils and other specimens.  The main exhibit area includes colorful and unusual collected specimens of insects, microscopic cave fauna, fish and amphibians, as well as live-animal exhibits and hands-on educational tools to help visitors learn more about the living world around them. 
Visit the museum on the web at: www.texasmemorialmuseum.org.

Texas Memorial Museum is a non-profit organization.  Its mission:  to encourage awareness and appreciation of the interplay of the biological, geological and environmental forces as they have shaped, are shaping and will shape our world
Regular museum hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
The Museum is located at 2400 Trinity Street (2 blocks north of the UT stadium). 


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