SciPop Interactive 2018

Celebrate Science at a SciPop Interactive Event
Featuring Comic Book Heroes & Harry Potter 


ASHLAND, Neb. (March 14, 2018)  –  The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is proud to once again partner with the Nebraska Science Festival, an initiative of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), as a host facility for hundreds of youth who participate in this celebration of all things science.

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, guests age 12 and younger will received free admission for a SciPop Interactive event that ends the weeklong science festival.  Sponsored by the Nebraska Local Section of the American Chemical Society and the University of Nebraska, SciPop Interactive includes science demonstrations and hands-on activities that highlight the mystery and illusion of pop-culture icons from Harry Potter, and comic books.

Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite costume in support of their favorite comic book or Harry Potter character. There will be live action role play (LARPing) demonstrations and well as fun hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a Herbology of Harry Potter lesson, explore how cloaking devices work to make things invisible, and play with shape-shifting elements used by comic book superheroes and supervillains. There will be make-and-take projects for the first 500 youth, which include an invisible ink potion, create a comic book, and analyze alien slime.

Three University of Nebraska scientists will take the stage at various times and demonstrate the magic and mystery of chemistry and physics in our world and beyond.

  • Professor Rebecca Lai will discuss Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Among Us at 12 p.m. in the Museum’s theater. Guests will learn about the chemistry of several notable fantastic beasts from the world of Harry Potter world and a few of our more magical earthly creatures.
  • Professor Mark Griep and Professor Dan Claes will conclude the event at 2 p.m. by demonstrating rocket science chemistry and physics. Young scientists will learn about the power of rocket fuel, overcoming gravity, flammable vapors, momentum and propulsion, how a genie fits in a bottle, telecommunication with rockets, and the formation of elephant toothpaste.

The event is free for guests age 12 and under and general admission applies to adults.  General admission is $12 for adults and $11 for military and seniors.