Market Science is a collective of scientists from the University of Minnesota, and around the Twin Cities, sharing science through hands-on learning activities for kids, answering scientific questions for market goers, and creating conversations between researchers and their communities. We started in 2013 at the Minneapolis Midtown Farmer’s Market and we have expanded to farmer’s markets, fairs, and other public venues throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Explore our 2017 calendar to catch us at a place near you!
Market Science connects researchers and their communities. As Market Scientists we use public venues like farmers’ markets, county fairs, and street festivals to provide everyone with interactive explorations of science, and to showcase the diversity of both scientific topics and scientists themselves. Market Scientists provide hands-on experiences in science and research that show visitors how science is a component of their daily lives. Market Scientists also works to narrow the achievement gap in STEM fields by providing a space where young and diverse members of the public can begin to view themselves as scientists by participating in hand-on science activities. As global issues of antibiotic resistance, climate change, and evolution are being introduced nightly on the news, bridging gaps between laboratory and community is more important than ever. However, many scientists struggle to find venues where they can meaningfully communicate their research. Market Science provides a venue for interactions between scientists and their communities in a relaxed, public setting. Our sessions cover everything from entomology to mechanical engineering, with each session staffed by scientists expert in the focal topic. We have provided graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and researchers from University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, the MN Zoo, and several federal agencies a novel venue to share their science with the public.
Funding for Market Science generously provided by:
Market Science has also been supported by the University of Minnesota Libraries Partnership for Affordable Content so that we can develop, store, and freely share all of the lessons from each market. Check out our Resources page for lesson plan links.
Market Science was started in 2013 with a University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment mini-grant awarded to Mohamed Yakub, Jessica Biever, and Alyson Center.