BOZEMAN – The public is invited to experience Montana State University’s scientific research at Family Science Night set for Thursday, Feb. 7.

Mathematics major Mikaela Baker demonstrates the electric wind activity at the eXtreme Gravy Institute booth at MSU Family Science Day 2018. (MSU photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez.)

MSU faculty and students will showcase their research through educational hands-on activities. Participants can circulate at their own pace through a variety of engaging demonstrations and experiments in a science festival atmosphere.

Many scientific topics and disciplines will be represented from extreme gravity physics to microbiology. A large section of displays will be devoted to nanotechnology, an emerging field in which scientists and engineers study and manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular scale to develop disease-fighting drugs, alternative energy solutions, ultra-strong sports equipment and many other applications.

The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors can stop in at any time for activities and demonstrations, such as extracting DNA and meeting microorganisms that can withstand space travel.

The evening will help both kids and adults learn more about science in a fun and easy-to-understand format. All events take place at the Strand Union Building Ballrooms on the MSU campus and are free to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

MSU Family Science Day is hosted by MSU Academic Technology and Outreach with support from Montana NSF EPSCoR and the Montana Nanotechnology Facility. For more information, visit