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Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 | 1–6 p.m.


A Trip Through Time: Rock Art Face Painting

Visitors will choose from several rock art designs highlighting the many ways humans have created and displayed art throughout history (a more contemporary option representing the School of Human Evolution and Social Change is also available).

Zone A: Tempe • School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) Outdoors | Front Courtyard on Cady Mall


Web of Knowledge: The 6 Degrees of Wikipedia

English doctoral candidate and media maven, Abigail Oakley, leads this two-part activity consisting of a short talk and fun, interactive game using Wikipedia. First, Oakley discusses the open source nature of information on the internet, along with all its possibilities and cautions. Next, we will play “The 6 Degrees of Wikipedia,” where participants are given two wildly different topics and asked to find the shortest route between them using only Wikipedia! Winners of each game will receive prizes.

Schedule: 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Zone D: Tempe • Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL) | First Floor | Media Learning Lab, Room 115


Mobile-NEWT (Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment) Trailer

Mobile-NEWT (Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment) is a 14' x 7' customized enclosed trailer, part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) funded research center among the four major US universities (Rice, Yale, UTEP and ASU). It displays several next-generation modular water treatment systems enabled by nanotechnologies. Our mission is to develop modular water treatment system that is easy to deploy to protect human lives and provides safe drinking water here and around the world. It also serves other purposes, a lab-on-wheels, where some of our technologies are field-tested and serves as an educational platform for our student's research and training.

Zone C: Tempe • Engineering Research Center (ENGRC) Outdoors | North Patio

Natural Science

Fractals, Polyhedrons and Tetrahedrons — Oh, My!

Geometric sculptures, fractal art, and hands-on activities all demonstrate that math is a living, creative, joyful subject – and that math is cool! Use colorful gumdrops and toothpicks to construct your own tetrahedron. Connect paper plates to create a decorative polyhedron. Or color some squares and watch as our giant color-by-number style fractal comes to life. Math fun for all ages.

Zone C: Tempe • Wexler Hall (WXLR) | First Floor | Room 118


Kids Olympics

Let the games begin! Join the School of International Letters and Cultures for a family-friendly competition in ancient Olympics and Pythian games! Competitions include footraces in hoplite armor, singing, dancing, painting, and playing recorders. Did we mention prizes, too?!

Zone B: Tempe • Durham Language & Literature Bldg. (LL) Outdoors | West Side


Rubber Band Helicopters

Join the American Helicopter Society in building rubber band helicopters! We will teach you how to cut the paper, attach it to a Popsicle stick, add the rubber band, and fly it!

Zone C: Tempe • Engineering Center G (ECG) Outdoors | Patio

Health & Wellness

Audio and Speech Activities

Do you want to learn how to spell your name only using your fingers? Or do you want to play Jenga and make cool sounds while doing it? Join us to learn about the different ways audiology and speech impact your life!

Zone A: Tempe • Coor Hall (COOR) Outdoors | Patio

Natural Science

Walk on Mars! Mars Space Flight Facility

ASU's THEMIS camera has been taking images of Mars since 2001, and has so far collected over 200,000 infrared images. The Mars Space Flight Facility has taken the best images and blended them together to create a global map of Mars that, when printed at full-resolution, is the size of a basketball court. Come walk across this giant map of Mars with our scientists and explore the Red Planet for yourself!

Zone C: Tempe • Sun Devil Fitness Complex (SDFCT) | First Floor | Maroon Gym


Look Inside the Nano World

Come operate a scanning electron microscope! The Nano World exhibit will take you on a journey into the World of the Very Small with just a few clicks of a mouse. Nanoscale science and technology make use of materials having dimensions or features approximately in the 1 to 100 nanometers range. That’s 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair! You will operate a scanning electron microscope via remote control, and view features of objects at up to 100,000x magnification. You will also be able to speak with researchers about the solutions nanotechnology can offer society.

Zone C: Tempe • Engineering Center G (ECG) | First Floor | Room 140


Art History Research Poster Presentations

Seven selected Art History M.A. and Ph.D. students will present College Art Association (CAA)-style research posters that summarize their projects for the public. Students will be available next to their posters to answer any questions, and each presenter will have a Xeroxed handout copy of their research for visitors to take with them.

Zone A: Tempe • Art Building (ART) | First Floor | Glass Cases in the North Hallway


Air Compressor Rockets

Visitors will have the opportunity to be exposed to the STEM field in a hands-on way as they will fabricate paper rockets and launch them outside. This is a fun and interesting way to promote STEM fields. This is a great experience for children and it is an educational and fun activity every year.

Zone D: Tempe • Psychology North (PSYN) | First Floor | 103

Social Science

A Trip Through Time: School of Human Evolution and Social Change Photo Booth

Visitors can step into the shoes of various careers held by graduates of our school, including archaeologist, primatologist and pathogen researcher, and take home a photo souvenir.

Zone A: Tempe • School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) | Second Floor | Foyer


Giant Crossword and Word Search Puzzles

Frankenstein-themed interactive word games for all ages designed by Regents’ Professor and Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos. Prizes for correct answers!

Zone D: Tempe • Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL) | First Floor | Lobby

Natural Science

The Possibilities of Algae

See what you can make out of algae and learn how scientists are using algae to improve our planet.

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg B (BDB) | First Floor | Atrium


Capturing Carbon from Mid-Air

Can you imagine artificial “trees” solving our climate change issues? ASU Professor Klaus Lackner's carbon capture technology captures CO2 from the atmosphere 1,000 times more efficiently than trees. The Carbon Capture display here at ASU Open Door demonstrates how carbon capture technology work and allows participants to interact with it.

Zone A: Tempe • Wrigley Hall (WGHL) Outdoors | Breezeway

Natural Science

Cultural Neuroscience Lab

The cultures we live in shape how our minds work. The Cultural Neuroscience Lab focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of cultural differences in social cognitive processes. Although the lab uses a variety of methods, ranging from archival data analysis, to surveys, implicit measures, and fMRI, we primarily use EEG and ERP to study the influence of culture on psychological processes. Stop by and check out how our EEG equipment works!

Zone D: Tempe • Psychology Building (PSY) | First Floor | 1st Floor

Social Science

The Real CSI!

Have you ever wanted to know how Police solve crimes? Come visit the ASU Police booth and find out about the tools and techniques officers use to put the puzzle together!

Zone B: Tempe • Memorial Union (MU) Outdoors | North Plaza


Cold Water Saves!

Did you know about 90% of the energy used by washing machines during laundry goes towards heating the water? Using cold water to wash clothes helps to decrease energy usage. Come and explore other ways The Sustainability Consortium and American Chemical Institute are saving energy and keeping your clothes fresh!

Zone A: Tempe • Wrigley Hall (WGHL) Outdoors | Breezeway

Natural Science

30 Second BMI Puzzle

At this activity, we will challenge kids to complete a jigsaw puzzle about BMI in less than 30 seconds. If accomplished, they can spin a wheel for a prize.

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg B (BDB) | First Floor | Atrium


Victor Frankenstein’s Workshop

2018 marks the bicentennial publication of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel. Join us for a kid-friendly celebration of 200 years of monstrosity! This interactive “Frankenstein” experience features sights, sounds, and silliness. Read about the “Year Without a Summer” that inspired the work, play the fear recombinator, color-your-own monster mask, and visit the Ingolstadt Laboratory photo booth, where you can don your choice of creator or creature costumes and grimace for a selfie! Our resident Mary Shelley expert, Clinical Associate Professor Cajsa Baldini, will be on-hand to answer all your Frankenstein questions.

Zone D: Tempe • Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL) | First Floor | Room 100L2

Natural Science

Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies - Free NASA Posters!

The Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies is a NASA data center and one of a network of Regional Planetary Image Facilities (RPIF). View images from current NASA missions and see how they are used for research and discovery. Learn about exciting future missions. Free NASA posters will be given away.

Zone D: Tempe • Interdisciplinary Science And Technology Building IV (ISTB4) | Second Floor | Gallery


Ancient Uses of Clay: A Hands-On Workshop

This will be a hands-on workshop (great for children and families!) illustrating various ancient vessels, votives, and writing in clay. Short recurring presentations will describe how to write in clay using Mesopotamian cuneiform technology, how to make popular ceramic shapes, and techniques for creating, firing and decorating ancient Greek and Roman pottery. Participants will be invited to try their hand at creating miniature version of the vessels, votives, and cuneiform tablets in between presentations.

Zone B: Tempe • Durham Language & Literature Bldg. (LL) | First Floor | Rooms 145 & 147


A Trip Through Time: Ask The Expert

Visitors will interact with a range of School of Human Evolution and Social Change experts in different fields and have opportunities to see collections from their work up close.

Zone A: Tempe • School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) Outdoors | Front Courtyard on Cady Mall


Create a Time Capsule

Did you know that the oldest American time capsule was planted by colonial rider, Paul Revere and Massachusetts’ Governor Samuel Adams in 1795 at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA? Make your own history with ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies! Decorate a time capsule and fill it with personal memories and items to remember your year! Bury it at home and open it in the future for a historical blast from the past!

Zone A: Tempe • Coor Hall (COOR) Outdoors | Patio

Natural Science

El Dorado in Space

Silver, gold and platinum! The place of the mythical city of gold 'El Dorado' on earth might still be unknown... in space it is found in the remnants of the most massive stars. In their spectacular explosions they enrich the universe with a mixture of all elements necessary for the next generations of stars, planets and... life! Learn more with the 'table of the elements' about the 118 elements that built our world - from A(luminum) to Z(inc).

Zone D: Tempe • Interdisciplinary Science And Technology Building IV (ISTB4) | First Floor | 1st Floor

Natural Science

Dr. Radiation and Earth Impact Craters

See how we use radioactive decay elements to date rocks. Learn how Earth impact structures form (with rock samples from various impact craters) and our recent dating studies of Earth impact craters.

Zone D: Tempe • Interdisciplinary Science And Technology Building IV (ISTB4) | Second Floor | Room 299


Lab On a Chip Demo

Lab-on-chip devices can be used for health monitoring and disease (e.g. cancer) diagnostics. They consist of tiny structures that are in the micrometer (1 millionth of one meter) and nanometer (1 billionth of one meter) scale that can effectively interact with important biomolecules such as DNA and exosomes (a very promising cancer biomarker). We will show the audience our lab-on-chip devices that we use in research to detect single DNA molecules and exosomes, and also play videos showing single-molecule motions of these biomolecules. The audience will also be able to visualize DNA molecules on a fluorescence microscope.

Zone C: Tempe • Engineering Research Center (ENGRC) | Second Floor | 230

Social Science

Envisioning Your Future!

With our interactive and hands-on activities, you’ll have the opportunity to envision your future through games and career assessments. Do you like to work with people or on your own? Are you a hands-on person? Do you have a creative side? The RIASEC career model can help you interpret answers to questions like these and make connections to majors at ASU and careers throughout the world. There are activities for all ages, so come and join us for a look into your future!

Zone C: Tempe • Engineering Center G (ECG) | Second Floor | Room G224

Natural Science

Hide to Survive: How Predators Shape Lizard Coloration

Animals use colors for things such talking to each other and hiding from predators. Learn how lizards use color to make it harder for predators to find them. Be a "predator" and search for toy lizards inside a colorful habitat. If you're lucky, you will "capture your prey." Can you predict which lizards are harder to capture based on their color? Pick up a rod and string and try to capture toy lizards in the same way real biologists capture real lizards. If you capture one, you get a prize!

Zone B: Tempe • Life Sciences Center A (LSA) | First Floor | Room 116

Natural Science

Seeing Molecular Machines in Virtual Reality

See a demonstration of how virtual reality is used to visualize nature's molecular machines to solve important global health and energy challenges through 10-minute presentation and some virtual reality goggles at a table.

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg B (BDB) | First Floor | Auditorium B105


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