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Science Central is host to “Lunch with an IPFW Scientist.” It is an educational and fun series of Brown Bag lunch sessions held on the second Saturday of the month, from January through May, featuring professors from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

This series is designed to provide IPFW professors the opportunity to present their specialty topics in a fun and casual way, nurturing in both the young and the most seasoned participants a budding interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Family members, ages 8 and up, get up-close and personal with each scientist and discover how various scientific processes work.

Following the presentation and hands-on activities, participants will enjoy their own Brown Bag lunch with the featured scientist. In the relaxed atmosphere of eating together, questions about the specialty are asked and answered.

There is a limit of 32 people per session. To guarantee a seat, please make reservations in advance.

• Science Central will NOT provide lunch.
• Bring your own lunch to eat with the scientist.
• Science Central will provide soda and juice.
• These programs are held at Science Central.
• Advanced registration and payment is required.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult to attend the sessions.
• Science Central cancellations due to weather will be rescheduled when possible.

Ages:  For ages 8 and up with accompanying adult.

Time:  Check-in (10:45-11:00 am),
            Program (11:00-12:30 pm)

Cost:  $10/Non-Member (includes admission to Science Central)


communicating our perceptionJanuary 10th, 2015 with Andres Montenegro,
Assistant Professor of Visual Communication and Design
"Communicating our Perception of the World"

How do we communicate our perception of the world? Explore with Professor Andres Montenegro how metaphors, images, animation and interactivity on different medias allow us to dive into what we can and cannot observe.


Cool Chemistry2Febuary 14th, 2015 with Eric Tippmann
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
"Cool Chemistry"

Dr. Eric Tippmann, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, will demonstrate the very classic technique of ion and dye separation using paper chromatography. The ability to separate mixtures is a powerful means to identify individual components from a “mess”.  We will see how to “take apart” common dyes and see their individual components. We will also see how chemists and forensic scientists are able to identify individual metals, such as the iron in blood, in the presence of many other metals using specific stains.


science in violin3March 14th, 2015 with Marcella Trentacosti, Unavailable
Associate Faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Second Violinist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Did you know there is science in music? Discover sounds and music with Marcella Trentacosti a violinist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.


LEGO Robotics2April 11th, 2015 with Jacob Millspaw,
Physics Instructor from the Department of Physics
"LEGO Robotics"

Participate in a variety of investigations using Lego Robotics!  These could include running an obstacle course along with doing physical investigations related to light and sound with the sensors from the NXT robots.


reefsMay 9th, 2015 with Ben Dattilo,
Assistant Professor of Geology, Department of Geosciences
"Reefs through Time"

Discuss with our scientists modern and fossil reefs while exploring the different plants and animals that build or live around them. Get a chance to discuss how reefs are changing with new environmental conditions.