Main navigation | Main content
Fascinating activities, hands-on exhibits and entertaining presentations showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics add up to a day of fun and learning.
University of Minnesota
Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis
$6 event parking in the East River Parkway Garage.
Free backpacks for 1,000 students attending!
For more information, contact Dorothy Cheng at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-626-7566.
Ticketed Events (Get free tickets at the registration table)
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Presented by the University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy
Location: Coffman Theater
Can air pressure crush a 55-gallon steel drum? Can a ping-pong ball blast its way through three cans? Are two teams of Minnesota kids stronger than air pressure? Yes, physics is fun! If that sounds unusual to you, come see the always-popular Physics Circus show to see for yourself! There will be no tricks—just physics and skill (we hope!).
“Energy and U” (Note Smith Hall location)
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Presented by the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry
Location: Smith Hall, Room 100
Everybody is talking about energy: What is it? Where do I get it? Can I convert it? Where can I put it? What happens when I let it out? This "Energy and U" show literally blows the lid off these questions, and highlights the many science and technology challenges that energy presents. Join the fun! Learn about energy with information and demonstrations that include screaming gummy bears, loud explosions, bright flashes, and flames!
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
Hold a meteorite, stare at spectra, see a model of the fabric of space-time bend! Get all your questions about the universe answered while getting hands-on experience. Get a free Sky Map!
Bell Museum of Natural History
Take a closer look at different bird wings; shape, size, and types of feathers to determine how birds fly and hunt and what type of habitat they live in. We will magnify different wings under a scope for a closer look at their structures.
Brain–Anatomy and Games
Department of Neuroscience and Brain Club
Have you ever held a human brain? Many species of animal brains (cat, frog, cow, and shark!) will be on display as well as human brains. Learn about brain anatomy, and play games that show how powerful our brains can be.
Build a Bridge!
U of M Steel Bridge Team
Examine the UMN Steel Bridge team bridge and make your very own edible marshmallow and toothpick bridge!
Chemistry and Balloons
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Learn how to power a car with a chemical reaction! The UMN chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers will show off their chemical cars and teach you the reaction that makes them run!
Department of Chemistry
Chemistry is everywhere! From our eyes to our iPods, chemistry makes it work. Learn some basics of chemistry by watching fun experiments and trying a few of your own!
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Make your own earthquake, "liquefy" soil and see its effect on buildings, and build your own K’Nex structure and test it on an earthquake simulator.
Observational Cosmology, School of Physics and Astronomy
Physics demonstrations will include superconducting bearing, laser polarization grid, and flight video.
Bell Museum of Natural History
Discover the wonders of the current night sky and journey through a 3-D exploration of the solar system, galaxy, and universe. Inside the dome, each audience can decide what to see and where to fly.
Exploring Electronics & Electricity
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Investigate electronics and electricity by learning about parallel, series, open and closed circuit technologies. Assemble different simple circuit configurations using batteries, jumper leads, switches, and other electronic loads and gadgets.
Fire, Electricity, and Pendulums—Oh My!
Did they just turn on a lightbulb without a cord? How can they move flames with just sound? Observe these projects to answer these questions as you explore the science of sound, electricity, and physics of swinging objects.
Flights and Rockets
American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics
See an unmanned aerial vehicle, student-built rockets, then experience what it feels like to fly an airplane by using an integrated flight simulation program. A display of a rocket payload from the CanSat competition will be on display. Get the feel of flying a plane with flight simulation software.
From Egg to Animal
Developmental Biology Center
We all start our lives as a single cell. How does one cell turn into all the different cells in our bodies? Come see development as it happens and learn about the different organisms biologists study to understand development.
From Gears to Grids
Mathematics Center for Educational Programs
Create a huge whirling mass of colorful gears, experiment in building different shapes using polydrons, play a round of "vector golf," and even create new patterns with tangrams.
Fun With Chemistry
Alpha Chi Sigma
Chemistry is all around us. Explore the "magic" of chemical science as you participate in exciting, hands-on activities to learn about the phases of matter, energy and basic polymers. Make a super-ball, UV jewelry, and dry ice bubbles.
Fun with Fibonacci
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Come make mathematical art! We use the Fibonacci sequence to create beautiful, geometric figures and discuss where we see the Fibonacci sequence in nature.
Fun with Light
Department of Electrical Engineering
Creation of rainbow colors in a box, guiding laser beam through solutions to change its path and show fascinating effects.
Fundamentals of Robotics
Play with real robots! From robots that roll along the ground to robots that fly in the air, you’ll love this exhibit! Robots can do anything YOU tell them to do! Learn how engineers bring software and hardware together to create robots.
Gopher Motorsports: Design, Build, Race
The 2013 Gopher Motorsports team will show off their design formula cars in detail using 3D modeling software. Additionally, student designed and manufactured components will be presented, including aluminum wheels, carbon fiber suspension arms, magnesium bellcranks, and more. Finally there will be a driving simulator complete with pedals, a steering wheel, and racing seat.
How Computers Work
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
See first-hand how supercomputers play a key role in research at the U. Learn how scientists use computers to advance scientific knowledge. See 3D molecules. Build your own molecular model.
Journey to the Center of the Earth
University of Minnesota Geological Society (UMGS)
3D topographic maps, rock identification, tectonic tricks, and microscope madness. From Earth's surface to its interior, we discover what makes up the Earth.
Kids’ University & Other Summer Camps
University Youth and Community Programs
Looking for something fun to do during the summer? Learn about U of M summer camps for kids from ages 6-15 that introduce the fascinating worlds of agriculture, language, math or science in a format that focuses on fun. Then spin a wheel to win prizes!
Magnifying the World Around Us
Minnesota Microscopy Society
Experience the wonder of microscopy! We will have a variety of microscopes on hand to view sands from around the United States, fabrics, insects, and many other common items. Feel free to bring your own specimens to image!
Make Your Own Family Tree
Pre-Genetic Counseling Club
Create your family tree using stickers. Add yourself, parents, siblings, and other family. Learn about genetic counseling.
Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers
Apply your math skills to real life, challenge your strength, and design the toughest bridge. Can a simple pulley system make me stronger? How many pennies can a paper bridge hold? Discover how engineering is at work in our daily lives through a variety of hands-on activities.
Monsters in Our World: Microscopic Organisms Revealed
Future Leaders Aspiring in Science and Healthcare
Microscopic creatures are everywhere in our world. Microscopes give us the ability to visualize these tiny organisms. Come check out some bugs and other microorganisms under our microscopes!
Mystery Science Lab
The Mystery Science Lab will feature a collection of intriguing physical science exhibits sure to interest people of all ages. See eggs that neither float nor sink, a levitating globe, water flowing with no source, sideways reflections, and much much more! Try to figure out the science behind the fun—there is no magic here!
Medical Devices Center
Play a life-sized game of Operation! This is a fun way for visitors of all ages to practice eye-hand coordination while learning about medical devices. Information will be available on Medical Devices Center, Innovation Fellows Program, and the Design of Medical Devices Conference.
Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry
Get your hands wet and dirty in this hands-on activity by making your own paper. Learn papermaking using three types of fiber (white, recycled newspaper, and recycled cardboard boxes).
Renewable Energy is Easy!
Parts of a wind-turbine. Kids can spin the turbine and test out the magnet's strength.
Robots are Fun!
Center for Distributed Robotics
Robots are becoming more and more common in our everyday lives. We see them used as surgical tools, for environmental monitoring, construction, etc. Come see the robots we have at the Center for Distributed Robotics.
Uniting Water & People
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
No water, no toilets, no waste removal, no electricity! EWB provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary teams of students to address these issues in developing countries around the world. Learn how EWB has successfully implemented environmentally and economically sustainable projects. See some cool demonstrations about water pressure and how we are distributing water to our communities!
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Come see smoke rings shoot through the air! Learn about the physics behind vortex generation and shoot the cannon yourself!
This event is sponsored by the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering K-12 Outreach Programs.