Cotsen Hosts Booth at UCLA Science Fair

On Sunday November 3, the Cotsen Institute participated for the first time in the yearly science fair “Exploring Your Universe” held in and around the Court of Sciences on South Campus. In the Cotsen booth, aptly named “Mummies, Bones and Garbage,” graduate students of the archaeology and conservations programs explained their work and research to countless interested children and their parents. 

For ten years, “Exploring Your Universe” has provided a day of free science education by offering fun, hands-on experiments and presentations to curious minds and future scientists alike. Organized by UCLA graduate students on the first Sunday in November and run by volunteers, the event has grown into one of the largest of the annual events on campus, drawing in thousands of children, parents, and friends from the greater Los Angeles region. The 2019 edition of “Exploring Your Universe” was one of the highlights in celebrating the centennial of UCLA. The event included more than 60 interactive booths,  lectures on science throughout the day, and planetarium shows and telescope viewings. The day started with the presentation of the UCLA Science and Education Pioneer Award to actress, author and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, who graduated from UCLA in 2007.