Families and student groups are invited to a wide variety of events that make science and math fun. Most events are free and open to the public.

To find out more, visit the individual event websites listed below and check the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering’s events calendar.

Astronomy viewings

  • Friday night viewings on the roof of the Tate Laboratory of Physics; also Minnesota State Parks presentations
  • Grades K-12
  • Sponsor: Department of Astronomy
  • Visit the website.

Cool Chemistry

  • Girls explore the wonders of chemistry with women in the graduate program; features interactive workshops, chemistry “tricks,” and new skills
  • Grades 6-12
  • Sponsor: Women in Science and Engineering and Department of Chemistry
  • Visit the website.

Energy and U Shows

  • These fun and interactive shows use explosions, flames, flying pop bottles, music and dancing, to help students learn the first law of thermodynamics, the scale of world energy use, and the significant energy challenges that we face.
  • Grades K-9
  • Sponsor: Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Visit the website.

Math and Science Family Fun Fair

  • Major annual event on campus in the fall; activities, exhibits, and presentations providing a hands-on math and science experience
  • Grades K-12
  • Sponsor: College of Science and Engineering
  • See college events calendar.
  • Visit the website.

Physics Force shows

  • Group of wild and crazy physicists who use highly visual and entertaining stunts to teach the elements of their science; annual Physics Circus shows in the winter, performance at the State Fair and many other venues
  • Grades K-12
  • Sponsor: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Visit the website.

Public lectures—College of Science and Engineering

  • Free public lectures on scientific discoveries and technical developments with important implications for our society
  • Grades 9-12
  • Sponsor: College of Science and Engineering Alumni Society
  • Visit the website.

Robot show

  • Fun, public show in December of each year featuring robots built by more than 200 engineering students
  • Grades K-12
  • Sponsor: Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Visit the website.

Tech Fest at The Works

  • Annual family event at hands-on science and technology museum in Edina
  • Grades K-12
  • Sponsor: College of Science and Engineering Alumni Society
  • Visit the website.