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Science in Action Day allows kids to get involved in many different sciences



Science in Action Day
1-5 p.m., Sunday, Feb 7
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua in Norman.
free admission

Kids can trade in their winter coat for a lab coat as they explore a different side of science Sunday during the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History's Science in Action Day.

The museum's staff will help young patrons identify any object of natural history they may have in their possession. Items can include rocks, fossils, American Indian artifacts and objects bearing written languages. Little museumgoers also can bring in pictures of items, like bird's nests and plants, to learn more about what lives in their backyard.

In addition to the identification process, several groups will bring special items to give kids a unique, hands-on experience. Herpetologists will show off their scaly friends, curators will bring out pieces from their collections, and the University of Oklahoma's Neurobiology Department will display a human brain and teach children how it works.

"It'll be a real busy day," said museum spokeswoman Linda Coldwell. "More than anything, what's most enjoyable is talking to the curators about the objects. And the hands-on exhibits make science fun, not just academic."

Science in Action Day is 1-5 p.m Sunday at the museum, 2401 Chautauqua in Norman. Admission is free. For more information, call 325-4712 or visit "Luke Atkinson

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