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Follow the riddles and learn some science in a campus-wide scavenger hunt at UAF

Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 4:18 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Throughout the weekend, the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is hosting a campus-wide scavenger hunt as a part of the annual Arctic Research Open House. Participants have through Sunday May 23rd to find and solve a collection of science riddles across campus for a chance to win prizes.

UAF's Nook and Heather McFarland prepare for the Arctic Research scavenger hunt.
UAF's Nook and Heather McFarland prepare for the Arctic Research scavenger hunt.(Ryan Osborne)

Heather McFarland, International Arctic Research Center Science Communicator said, “We are setting up the Arctic Research Open House Scavenger Hunt. We’ve got (university mascot) Nook here, he’s finding really great places to put riddles across campus.”

At 12 locations across the UAF campus you can find hidden sandwich boards with prominent QR codes. Scanning these with a camera phone will bring up a riddle related to university research.

McFarland explained, “The riddles are about everything from the arctic sea ice, to satellites, to COVID research on the UAF campus. So you’ll learn a lot about what scientists are doing here, and the kind of research they provide to Alaskans.

As per tradition for the Arctic Research Open House, UAF Chancellor Dan White, Vice Chancellor for Research Nettie Labelle-Hamer, Director of the International Arctic Research Center Hajo Eicken, and KTVF/KXDF reporter Ryan Osborne also competed on Thursday in the annual arctic suit survival challenge to don a full body immersion suit as fast as possible.

In the annual Arctic Survival suit challenge four competitors attempted to don full body...
In the annual Arctic Survival suit challenge four competitors attempted to don full body immersion suits as fast as possible.(UAF)

“When you’ve completed your 12 scavenger hunt locations, you write down your riddle answers in an email that you’ll send to UAF-research@alaska.edu and we’ll randomly select two people to win awesome prizes - packets of REI gift cards, UAF swag, lots of really cool stuff,” said McFarland.

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