Adventure Science Center invites you to join us for a series of informal discussions on current issues in science. Whether tackling how science can solve global problems or help us to understand how the universe works, these gatherings are NOT lectures. They are an opportunity for you to share your opinions, ideas and thoughts with other science lovers and to meet local scientists in a fun, casual setting. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat! All Science Café events are free and open to the public on most third Thursdays of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Adventure Science Center.
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Next Science Café:
Thursday, Oct. 20 | 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
BUG OUT! A Lesson In Eating Insects
Speakers: Arthur Leago & Keith Hime, local “bug-brains”
Did you know the United States is one of only a few countries that doesn’t knowingly eat bugs on a regular basis? Over 1,000 species of insects are known to be eaten in 80% of the world’s nations. Join us for a discussion on entomophagy – a.k.a. the science of eating bugs – as we look at both the culture and cultivation of alternative cold-blooded livestock.
About the Speakers
Arthur Leago is and always has been “that weird bug guy.” His passion for insects grew during his many years working as a reptile husbandry specialist at the Aquatic Critter in Nashville. His “a-ha” moment in regards to entomophagy came as he started an at-home cockroach breeding project to feed his numerous reptiles. Keith Hime is a multigenerational naturalist and conservationist who is well-versed in insect and reptile husbandry. He is experienced in venomous snake relocation, working hand in hand with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, and a veteran salamander field researcher.
Arthur and Keith unknowingly met at the Aquatic Critter, where they discovered their shared passion for bugs. The two quickly became friends after they encountered one another while enrolled at Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School, and continue their bug-based exploration to this day.
Thursday, Nov. 17 | TBA
Subject to change.