Geaux Science Explorations STEM Story Time

Virtual STEM Story Time

The LSU College of Science invites children in kindergarten through third grade to explore the worlds of math and science through an exciting science story time adventure led by some of the university’s top scientists and mathematicians. Each story time is followed by a fun, hands-on activity that allows the young scientists to feed their curiosity and take an even deeper dive into a math and science discovery.

Geaux Science Explorations Story Time is free and open to the public.

Geaux Science Explorations Virtual STEM Story Time: Space Edition
Saturday, December 11 | 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Via Zoom
Registration for this event has closed.

Meet the activity leaders

Dr. Tabetha Boyajian
Astronomer

Headshot of Dr. Tabetha Boyajian
Tabetha (Tabby) Boyajian is an assistant professor in the LSU Department of Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Boyajian's research in astronomy focuses on the fundamental properties of stars, including their diameters, temperatures, age, activity, and more. She even has a star named after her called Tabby's Star! She will be reading "Mae Among the Stars" by Roda Ahmed.

Connor Matherne
Planetary scientist and astrophotographer

Headshot of Connor Matherne
Connor Matherne is an LSU Department of Geology and Geophysics alum who worked on determining the Mars Rover Perseverance's landing site as well as a suspected meteor impact crater near Baton Rouge. Connor is also an accomplished astrophotographer! His pictures have been published in countless books, magazines, and websites as well as used in research publications across the globe. He will be reading "Nova the Star Eater" by Lindsay Leslie.

Dr. Alecia Gabriel
Chemist

Headshot of Dr. Alecia Gabriel

We also have an exciting hands-on learning experience led by Dr. Alecia Gabriel, an LSU chemistry PhD graduate. Dr. Gabriel is co-founder and director of curriculum development for Motor City S.T.E.A.M., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics)-related educational programs and opportunities for minority and underprivileged students, and The Lab Drawer, an Ed-Tech monthly subscription box of cross-functional learning experiences for children. 
Each participant will receive a Lab Drawer created just for our Geaux Science explorers, and Dr. Gabriel will be your guide for this exciting activity.


Parent testimonials:

"The looks on the kids faces are priceless. My daughter's excitement and curiosity will keep us coming back."

"I appreciate any and all opportunities for kids to connect with researchers and make science more accessible."

"Thank you so much for hosting these events for our children of the future. I hope they grow up to be like you." 

2020 STEM Story Times

This event and these photos were taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Revati Kumar reading her story to participants at the Carver Library STEM Story Time.Kids listening to Dr. Revati Kumar reading them a story at the Carver Library STEM Story Time.Participants looking on as a volunteer shows them a quantum firework.Child participating in a science activity at the Carver Library STEM Story Time.

Participants having fun at the Carver Library STEM Story Time.Child participating in a science activity at the Carver Library STEM Story Time.Dr. Kyle Harms reading to kids at the Goodwood Library STEM Story Time.Dr. Kyle Harms fist-bumping a STEM Story Time participant at the Goodwood Library location.

Louis, PhD candidate in Dr. Harm's lab, leads participants on an outdoor scavenger hunt.Louis, PhD candidate in Dr. Harm's lab, holds a worm as participants gather around to look at it.Participant at the Goodwood Library STEM Story Time concentrates as she builds her specimen out of clay.Participants at the Goodwood Library STEM Story Time building their unique specimens out of clay.

Dr. Ursula White at the Eden Park Library STEM Story Time.Dr. Ursula White reading her story at the Eden Park Library STEM Story Time.Kids at the Eden Park Library STEM Story Time participating in a science activity.Kids at the Eden Park Library STEM Story Time preparing to extract strawberry DNA.

Dr. Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy leading participants in making liquid nitrogen ice cream.Participant helps make liquid nitrogen ice cream at the Eden Park Library STEM Story Time.Dr. Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy gives a fist-bump to one of her helpers.Participants reach to feel the liquid nitrogen coming from the bowl the ice cream is being made.

Group of participants at the Eden Park Library STEM Story Time.A parent holds up her child to look a microscope at the LSU Center for River Studies STEM Story Time.LSU Center for River Studies STEM Story Time participant getting a closer look at some oysters.Two participants looking through microscopes at the LSU Center for River Studies STEM Story Time.

Participants at the LSU Center for River Studies STEM Story Time participating in a science activity.LSU Center for River Studies STEM Story Time participants and parents exploring the facility.Participant at the LSU Center for River Studies STEM Story Time reaching over onto a display explaining the Mississippi river system.Dr. Morgan Kelly reads a story to participants at the LSU Center for River Studies STEM Story Time.

Dr. Clint Wilson reading a story to participants at the LSU Center for River Studies STEM Story Time.Participants listen to Dr. Clint Wilson as he reads them a story at the LSU Center for River Studies STEM Story Time.
 

 

Thank you to our photographers: Kenneth Wilks, John Oubre, Valerie D. Stampley, and Jessica M. Brits.

This event is part of the Geaux Science Explorations series of outreach events sponsored by the LSU College of Science.