The University Record, March 27, 2000

Kids swing into Fair day activities

Pittsfield Elementary School student Mitchell McBrairty receives throwing pointers from Women’s Lacrosse team member Elise Halajian, LS&A first-year student, as he tries to aim for a garbage bin ‘goal’ set up at the Women’s Lacrosse booth. The booth was one of more than 100 at Crisler Arena March 17 for the Second Annual K-Grams Kids Fair. The wide array of educational and interactive activities offered to children at the Fair included a liquid nitrogen experiment by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, a chance to climb into the Solar Car Team’s vehicle, calligraphy of kids’ names in Arabic by the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, gingerbread house-making with Habitat for Humanity and proper tooth brushing technique with Dental School students.

K-Grams (Kids Programs) is a student-run program that brings together more than 1,050 local elementary school students and U-M undergraduates for pen-pal exchanges, special educational projects and the Kids Fair. Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services


Rain forest treasures on display

A new exhibition at the Exhibit Museum, ‘Treasures of the Rain Forest: Treasures at Risk,’ focuses on the fragile relationship between plants and people in the rain forest ecosystem. Curated by Robyn J. Burnham, associate professor of biology and of geological sciences and associate curator, Museum of Paleontology, it will be on display through Dec. 31. It features a variety of artifacts from the Amazonian rain forest, including stamps, jewelry and implements, as well as samples of the seeds, vines and other plant parts from which the items are made. The impact of outside cultures and economic interests on native rain forest people and their environment, reasons the world’s rain forests should be protected and specific things visitors can do to help also are addressed.

The vine platter, made of pieces of vines (at left in the display above) is a symbol of the biological diversity of the rain forest, says John Klausmeyer, exhibit preparator at the Museum who worked on the exhibition. It was made by local artisans from cross sections of 12 different kinds of vines from Brazil. Vines comprise about 20 percent of the woody plant species in the rain forest, providing fruits and walkways for such animals as monkeys and squirrels, as well as filling in gaps in the forest after a tree falls. Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services