Play the video above to see these stories on AZ Illustrated Science on Wednesday, Aug. 14:

BIOSPHERE 2: A visit to Biosphere 2 days prior to Earth Day 2013. Scientists at the biosphere, which is administered and operated by the UA, work on multiple projects including rain forests and groundwater scarcity. The popular educational and tourist destination prepared special exhibits and events to coincide with Earth Day this year, which took place April 22.

UA MINERAL MUSEUM: Each year, thousands of people travel to Southern Arizona to attend the largest gathering of gem mineral and fossil collectors and sellers, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. However, Tucsonans can appreciate these any day of the year at the UA's Mineral Museum. The museum has an extensive collection of items that come from various national and worldly places.

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: The Children's Museum in Tucson provides many entertaining and educational opportunities for children. It can be specially appealing during the summer months when many families seek a refuge from the extremely hot temperatures.

UA FLANDRAU CENTER The Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium was built on the UA campus nearly 40 years ago. It offers a grand variety of educational resources, such as an observatory, a laser show, and an exhibit describing Southern Arizona's 'Sky Islands.'

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