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MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (08/17/2017) – 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 2017 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 Carousel Park and in the Eco Experience Building.

Thursday, Aug. 24–Monday, Sept. 4

  • Center for Sustainable Polymers, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    Eco Experience Building—Randall Avenue and Cosgrove Street
    Learn about bioplastics at this interactive exhibit. Plastic products are a major part of everyday life but are plagued with problems including their petroleum-based origins and end-of-life pollution. The exhibit at the Eco Experience building showcases the work of the Center for Sustainable Polymers by illustrating the differences between traditional plastics and bio-based plastics. The multi-faceted exhibit includes displays highlighting the latest research and hands-on activities for fair visitors.

Thursday, Aug. 24

  • STEM Day at the Fair, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Carousel Park—front of the Grandstand
    Visitors will be able to engage in hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations from a diverse array of exhibitors and organizations. A performance stage will entertain and educate audiences with amazing and fascinating experiments and demonstrations. Several University of Minnesota science and engineering faculty, staff, and students are involved in STEM Day at the Fair.
  • Minnesota Geological Survey, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    At this educational exhibit, you can learn how geology not only explains why Minnesota has so many lakes, but also controls our drinking water supply and shapes our landscape as a whole. University of Minnesota Professor and State Geologist Harvey Thorleifson will be on hand at selected times throughout the day to answer questions and help people understand the geology in their back yard, as well as statewide.
  • MnDRIVE–Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    Everybody loves robots! This interactive exhibit will include robotics demonstrations featuring a humanoid robot and an interactive motion sensing game. Meet with researchers and learn about the State of Minnesota’s initiative in supporting advanced robotics, sensing, and advanced manufacturing as part of the MnDRIVE initiative.

Friday, Aug. 25

  • National Society of Black Engineers – UMN Student Chapter, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    Want to be a mad scientist for a day? Develop your own colorful gooey slime experiment to take home.
  • Alpha Chi Sigma – Professionals in the Chemical Sciences – UMN Student Chapter, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    The world of chemistry is around us every day! Learn some of the cool chemistry concepts that we encounter in every day items, and do hands-on experiments that can even be done at home.
  • Physics Force, 10-10:45 a.m., 11-11:45 a.m.
    U of M Stage—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    The Physics Force is a group of wild and crazy physicists who use highly visual and entertaining demonstrations to teach elements of physics. The Physics Force goes above and beyond (literally) to educate and entertain. Their blend of slapstick, prop comedy and science is fun and educational for audiences of all ages.

Saturday, Aug. 26

  • Tesla Works Student Group, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    Tesla Works is a community of makers at the University of Minnesota where anyone with an idea can bring it to life. We’ve created everything from rocket engines and hovercraft to singing heads, painting robots, and fire that dances to music. See what projects we’re working on now!
  • Physics Force, 10-10:45 a.m., 11-11:45 a.m.
    U of M Stage—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    The Physics Force is a group of wild and crazy physicists who use highly visual and entertaining demonstrations to teach elements of physics. The Physics Force goes above and beyond (literally) to educate and entertain. Their blend of slapstick, prop comedy and science is fun and educational for audiences of all ages.

Sunday, Aug. 27

  • Society of Women Engineers – UMN Student Chapter, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood StreetEnjoy fun, hands-on activities to explore science and engineering with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a student organization at the University of Minnesota. Create polymer putty and interact with dancing Otto bots and circuit designs.
  • oSTEM—Out in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics Student Group, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    Drop by the Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (oSTEM) booth to talk about being in the LGBTQIA+ community and being in a STEM field. Enjoy some rainbows, friendly faces, and learn about how the University of Minnesota is making strides towards inclusion in STEM.
  • Consortium of Universities for Sustainable Power, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    See demonstrations on how we can combat climate change by using renewables such as solar and wind energy, switching to Electric Vehicles, and by conservation and improving energy efficiency.

Monday, Aug. 28

  • Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    In this interactive exhibit, you will learn about the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering’s research related to soil liquefaction and earthquake effects on structures. In addition, the Student Chapter associated with the American Society of Civil Engineers will have displays and posters describing student activities that include the Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe competitions.
  • Engineers Without Borders – UMN Student Chapter, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    Learn how student engineers are implementing environmentally and economically sustainable projects internationally through partnerships with communities in Guatemala and Ethiopia where we will implement water-based engineering solutions. Watch how a small-scale ram pump uses gravity and water pressure to move water above its expected potential energy.
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) – UMN Student Chapter, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) – University of Minnesota Student Branch focuses on providing resources and connecting aspiring engineers to the professional aerospace community. Check out a variety of student-designed vehicles and talk with students.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

  • Gopher Motorsports Student Group, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    In this exhibit, Gopher Motorsports presents the Go4-17, a high-performance vehicle for the weekend autocross racer, designed and built by students at the University of Minnesota. It is capable of nearly 2 G’s and can go from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds. The Go4-17 took 7th place against 120 other international Formula SAE teams this year at the annual competition in Michigan. Visit with team members and learn about performance engineering at the University of Minnesota!
  • Minnesota Space Grant Consortium: Stratospheric Eclipse Ballooning, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    NASA’s MN Space Grant Consortium, led by the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department at the University of Minnesota, provides NASA-themed educational opportunities for college students and faculty statewide. This exhibit will display student-built flight and ground-station hardware plus stunning video footage taken from stratospheric balloon missions flown in the path of totality during the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

  • Polar Geospatial Center, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    Learn how the North Pole is home to more than just Santa Claus and meet a dynamic region of glaciers, permafrost, and stunning landscapes! Come
    marvel at maps, photos, and videos of our research in places like Antarctica, the coldest, highest, and driest place on Earth.
  • UMN Energy Club, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    The primary goal of the UMN Energy Club is to prepare young people as leaders in energy and climate. Learn about energy efficiency by creating your own electricity from Energy Club’s Power Bike, and see how many watts you can generate!
  • International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Student Group, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    The UMN iGEM is a team of undergraduates that creates a project using synthetic biology to solve a problem in our community. Come to our booth to learn about what genetic engineering is, what you can do with it, and how it can make the world a better place.

Thursday, Aug. 31

  • Medical Devices Center, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    See the future of medical device research at the University of Minnesota. During the #GOpherACure Day find out how medical devices play an important role in cancer research, prevention and treatment. Talk with experts and find out more about the state-of-the-art research that includes designing, prototyping and testing new medical devices.

Friday, Sept. 1

  • Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    Discover the wonders of the Universe in this exhibit from the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. This exhibit will demonstrate tools and techniques that astronomers use to probe the Universe. We will feature demonstrations with an infrared camera, spectral tubes, real meteorites, and a gravitational lens, along with information about our upcoming astronomy events. Have a burning question about space? Come ask a University of Minnesota astronomer!
  • Observational Cosmology Lab, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    Professor Shaul Hanany’s Observational Cosmology Lab will showcase various technologies and techniques used by EBEX, a telescope which flew above Antarctica on a helium balloon to help us understand the beginning of the Universe. These technologies and techniques include the levitating properties of superconductors as well as the polarization properties of light.

Saturday, Sept. 2

  • GOFIRST Robotics Student Group, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    Join GOFIRST Robotics, a STEM student group at the University of Minnesota, at the State Fair to see robots of all sizes and shapes built by college students, including several you can drive yourself! Visit GOFIRST’s booth to learn how you and your children can get involved with robotics in Minnesota.

Sunday, Sept. 3

  • Solar Vehicle Project Student Group, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M 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 World Solar Challenge through the Australian Outback.

Monday, Sept. 4

  • Solar Vehicle Project Student Group, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M 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 World Solar Challenge through the Australian Outback.
  • Chemistry Outreach Program, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    U of M Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
    Chemistry is all around us! Come join the University of Minnesota Chemistry Outreach Program and explore chemistry in your everyday life. You’ll participate in some hands-on experiments while understanding how chemists shape the world. We look forward to exploring chemistry with you!

For a full list of University of Minnesota exhibits at the Minnesota State Fair, visit the University’s “See You at the Fair” website.