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For the first time, Milwaukee is playing a major role in the Wisconsin Science Festival.

Discovery World, along with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and other local institutions with nerd cred, are getting into the spirit of this year’s Wisconsin Science Festival in a big way. Local highlights will be spread all over the city during the four-day event (Oct. 22-25), and we’ve rounded up a few of the most promising below. See wisconsinsciencefest.org for a full listing.

Nanoscience: Small Things Make a Big Impact
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum; Oct. 22, 1-4 p.m., and Oct. 25, 1-4 p.m.
➸ It’s never too early to teach your kids about cutting-edge science. This tutorial will take over Brinn’s “Be a Maker” space.

Park After Dark: Exploring Riverside Park’s Nocturnal World
Urban Ecology Center: Riverside Park Branch; Oct. 23, 7-9 p.m.
➸ S’mores, owl hunting and nocturnal eavesdropping on the natural world are promised for this fun-oriented outing in the wilds around the Urban Ecology Center.

A Freshwater Odyssey Revisited
UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences; Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
➸ Special tours at the School of Freshwater Sciences will explore the university’s water work and where it’s headed.

The Hunt for Einstein’s Elusive Gravitational Waves
Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex; Oct. 24, 5-6 p.m.
➸ This is definitely an event for the big kids and grown-up ones. Two physicists from UWM will describe the hunt for these waves predicted by Einstein.

‘Eureka’ appears in the October 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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