This weekend, members of the Leal lab ventured to Rock Bridge High School right here in Columbia to participate in the “Soaring Into Science” event put on by Mizzou’s own ReSTEM institute and the Columbia Public School system. This event incorporated many different hands-on science exhibits and activities intended to foster scientific exploration for kids and their families.
It was particularly rewarding to talk with locals about snakes, and to express the value of snakes in our local ecosystem and others around the world. Equipped with his fantastic boa, Levi convinced quite a few wary onlookers to touch the snake and learn that most snakes would rather flee from humans than harm them. Plus Kevin's frilled dragon climbed on him and doubled as a tie, so the whole event was an overwhelming success.