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2021 CSE at the Minnesota State Fair

More than 20 CSE exhibitors will be featured throughout the fair

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (08/14/2021) — A variety of College of Science and Engineering exhibits will showcase the relevance of science, engineering, and mathematics to people’s everyday lives at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair. The University of Minnesota exhibit on Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street will feature students and faculty in a wide range of fields. College of Science and Engineering faculty and students will also be featured during STEM Day at the Fair in Dan Patch Park and the U of M's Driven to Discover research building.

Thursday, Aug. 26

  • STEM Day at the Fair
    8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Dan Patch Park—next to the Grandstand

    Fair guests get an up-close look at intriguing, interactive adventures through 35 science, technology, engineering, and math education providers and business supporters brought to the Fair by SciMathMN, Minnesota’s STEM education advocacy organization. Several University of Minnesota science and engineering faculty, staff, and students are involved in STEM Day at the Fair. Visit Dan Patch Park for a celebration of STEM, including a performance stage and more than 30 exhibitors providing hands-on and interactive opportunities to explore, discover, create and be inspired. See how everyday objects, systems and buildings are driven by science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Visitors will be able to drive robots, try their hand at computer coding, explore electricity with simple circuits, make straw rockets, simulate ecological restoration, building model State Fair buildings and more. The stage entertainment includes performances by the U of M Physics Force and Raptor Center along with The Bakken Museum, and others. #mnstemday2021

Saturday, Aug. 28

  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), University of Minnesota Student Chapter
    9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    Learn about science and technology in our world in a fun and exciting way! This exhibit features a variety of engaging and educational scientific activities for curious visitors of all ages including fun Makey Makey games and an interactive air-cannon challenge exhibit.
     
  • University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering Graduate Council
    9 a.m.-9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    See cool physics experiments, play fun science games, and learn about graduate school opportunities with the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Council.
     
  • Physics Force
    10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
    U of M Stage—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    Join the Physics Force, a group of wild and crazy physics teachers, who use highly visual and entertaining demonstrations to educate and entertain.  Their blend of slapstick comedy and science is fun and educational for audiences of all ages. Learn a thing or two while you laugh!
     
  • "I Can't Drive 55"
    2:30-9 p.m.
    Driven to Discover Building—Cooper and Cosgrove Streets

    This survey will assess driving behaviors, attitudes, and acceptance of various technologies and modes of travel. Must be a licensed driver to participate.

Sunday, Aug. 29

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Student Chapter
    9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    Make paper airplanes and check out a variety of student-designed vehicles and award winning rockets with students from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) University of Minnesota Student Branch, and the UMN Rocket Team. Talk with students and learn more about aerospace engineering!
     
  • Physics Force
    10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
    U of M Stage—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    Join the Physics Force, a group of wild and crazy physics teachers, who use highly visual and entertaining demonstrations to educate and entertain.  Their blend of slapstick comedy and science is fun and educational for audiences of all ages. Learn a thing or two while you laugh!
     
  • "I Can't Drive 55"
    9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Driven to Discover Building—Cooper and Cosgrove Streets

    This survey will assess driving behaviors, attitudes, and acceptance of various technologies and modes of travel. Must be a licensed driver to participate.

Monday, Aug. 30

  • University of Minnesota Robotics Student Group
    9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    This exhibit features a variety of robots built by University of Minnesota college students, including Bot Shot, a basketball-shooting robot. Also, see Lego robots that you can drive yourself and learn about STEM opportunities for students of all ages.
     

Tuesday, Aug. 31

  • Institute for Engineering in Medicine - Where Medicine and Technology Meet
    9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    Come see where medicine and technology meet! This interactive display will include wonders of the human heart, 3D-printed parts and devices, kid- friendly tossing games and 3D visualization using 3D glasses. The Institute for Engineering in Medicine, ATP-BioSM, Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, the Visible Heart® Laboratories and the Bakken Medical Devices Center will be on site throughout the day. 

Wednesday, Sept. 1

  • Gopher Motorsports: University of Minnesota Formula SAE Team
    9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    Visit the Gopher Motorsports booth to experience the student-designed and built race car. Ask the team about competing at the top level of collegiate motorsport and their electric vehicle debut next season. Learn more about how your education can be applied to your passions!

Thursday, Sept. 2

  • Gopher Motorsports: University of Minnesota Formula SAE Team
    9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    Visit the Gopher Motorsports booth to experience the student-designed and built race car. Ask the team about competing at the top level of collegiate motorsport and their electric vehicle debut next season. Learn more about how your education can be applied to your passions!

Friday, Sept. 3

  • IEEE Women in Electrical Engineering (WIE), University of Minnesota Student Chapter
    9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    Families will be able to learn and play with interactive student projects created by women from the University of Minnesota Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Additionally, there will be introductory and child-friendly "Snap Circuits" that children can explore.
     
  • She is MechE (SME) Student Group
    9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    What floats your boat? Design and build aluminum foil boats with the members of the mechanical engineering student group She is MechE (SME). This interactive exhibit will include conversations about gravity and buoyancy, and the chance to put your design to the test! Meet SME board members and learn about their initiatives to support women in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Saturday, Sept. 4

  • UMN Energy Club
    9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    The UMN Energy Club is an interdisciplinary student group where students learn about renewable energy and sustainability. The group will showcase a solar powered miniature city and other interactive projects. Stop by to learn more about clean energy!
     
  • Alpha Chi Sigma-Professionals in the Chemical Sciences-UMN Student Chapter
    9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    The world of chemistry surrounds us every day! Stop by to participate in interactive, hands-on experiments, discover the science behind each demonstration, and explore how chemistry plays a vital role in our daily lives. There's something to learn for everyone!

Sunday, Sept. 5

  • University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project Team
    9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    A car that can travel on power from the sun may sound like science fiction, but it is a reality at the University of Minnesota. See the inner workings of a solar car built by University undergraduate students that competed in the American Solar Challenge.
     
  • "Interest Survey for Virtual Reality Experiments"
    2:30-9 p.m.
    Driven to Discover Building—Cooper and Cosgrove Streets

    Are you interested in Virtual Reality (VR) technology? The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota conducts studies using VR in various research disciplines. We aim to collect as much data as possible to add them to our mailing list for later requests to participate in future VR experiments. We encourage all ages over 18, including seniors, to participate.

Monday, Sept. 6

  • University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project team
    9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

    A car that can travel on power from the sun may sound like science fiction, but it is a reality at the University of Minnesota. See the inner workings of a solar car built by University undergraduate students that competed in the American Solar Challenge.

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