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Natural Science

Mirror Maze

Lasers are an integral part of modern science experiments and require very precise control of the laser. Learn more about the job of a laser scientist in this hands-on activity where you can watch how the path of the laser changes as it reflects off mirrors!

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg C (BDC) Outdoors | Courtyard between Biodesign Institute Buildings B and C

Social Science

Kid’s Crafts – If I Were President or an Ambassador Posters!

This craft activity will help you imagine what you would do if you were the leader of the United States or if you were an Ambassador working in another country.

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

Engineering

Learn from Nature! Experiments in Biogeotechnical Engineering

Mother Nature is Earth’s greatest design engineer and the researchers at the Center for Bio-mediated & Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) are following in her steps. Come try hands-on experiments and discover how CBBG engineers are working to develop efficient, ecologically friendly, and cost-effective solutions that are inspired by nature!

Zone C: Tempe • Goldwater Center For Science & Engineering (GWC) | First Floor | 111

Engineering

EASE: Employment Assistance and Social Engagement

Come hear about EASE, a program for Fulton Schools of Engineering students with autism spectrum disorder. The EASE program offers peer mentoring to get the most out of college life and preparation for a career. Learn about EASE and try your hand at an activity to launch your understanding of engineering!

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

Natural Science

Bubbles

Can bubbles have corners? From the simple fact that bubbles and soap films have the smallest possible surface area, we can start to answer this and other questions about the shape of bubbles and soap films. Photo: “Soap_bubble-sky” by Brocken Inaglory is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Zone C: Tempe • Wexler Hall (WXLR) Outdoors | Courtyard in front of Wexler Hall

Sustainability

Locust and Grasshoppers, Oh My!

Locusts and grasshoppers have a long history of coexisting with humans, but acridid outbreaks and their management continue to have devastating impacts on human livelihoods and the environment. At the ASU Open Door 2022, the Global Locust Initiative (GLI) will present K-12 students with the opportunity to interact and learn about grasshoppers and locusts from experts. Youth will be able to watch live grasshoppers eat food, learn about their life history, and the various projects led by the GLI and its collaborators. You will even be able to hold live grasshoppers and feed them plants directly!

Zone D: Tempe • Interdisciplinary Science And Technology Building 7 (ISTB7) Outdoors | Building Patio

Engineering

Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment

Come play with nano-blocks and learn how tiny nanoparticles can bring about huge change to the world of water treatment. Bring a friend and race to see who can clean dirty water the fastest!

Zone D: Tempe • Interdisciplinary Science And Technology Building 4 (ISTB4) | Third Floor | Crater Carpet

Social Science

Annual Student Photo Contest

See the world through the eyes of our students, and vote for your favorite photo submissions across numerous categories!

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

Health & Wellness

Disease Detectives

Come join the ASU COVID-19 Case Investigation Team to be an epidemiologist for the day. Students will learn about the field of epidemiology and how disease detectives investigate outbreaks. Students will have the opportunity to see how viruses can travel from person to person and ways to mitigate the risk.

Zone B: Tempe • Social Sciences Bldg. (SS) | First Floor | 101

Social Science

Kid’s Voting: Space Jam Election!

The characters from Space Jam are running for election! Learn where the candidates stand on important issues, and vote for your favorite!

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

Natural Science

Trust Your Gut Microbiome

Play the Wheel of Microbes! Participants spin a wheel and answer questions about diet, gut microbes, and health. Have your photo taken as one of the major bacterium in the human gut!

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg C (BDC) Outdoors | Courtyard

Natural Science

Saving the World With Viruses

Learn more about virus infections and how vaccines are made. Create and design your own virus!

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg C (BDC) Outdoors | Courtyard

Natural Science

Math is Changing the World - Find Out How

Math is changing neuroscience by gaining a better understanding of how neurons change due to trauma or aging. Math is changing cities by modeling what would happen if vacant land were turned into urban farms. Math is changing societies by exploring the interactions of social insects with each other and with the environment. Math is changing public health by assessing the impact of climate change on malaria transmission dynamics. Math is changing the environment by predicting the nighttime warming and Urban Heat Island effect caused by urbanization and conducting mitigation strategies. Visit our Math Research room to find out more.

Zone C: Tempe • Wexler Hall (WXLR) | First Floor | 116

Natural Science

Finding the future of innovation with Complex Adaptive Systems Science

Can we use computers to identify scientific innovation? Come by to learn how ongoing research in complex adaptive systems uses computer algorithms to characterize innovative scientific research. Resident complexity scientist, Deryc T. Painter will be available to discuss all things complexity science including current research in the School of Complex Adaptive Systems and potential future directions.

Zone A: Tempe • Design South (CDS) | First Floor | 126

Engineering

Virtual Fluids

Fluid flows surround us and impact our lives in many ways. This makes the task of predicting fluid motion very crucial in engineering applications. Thanks to modern computing power, researchers can simulate fluid motion on computers for a variety of applications going from aeronautics to coastal engineering. Virtual Reality is used to sort through and visualize the massive amount of data generated from these simulations. Participants in this activity will be immersed in a virtual laboratory using a VR headset. Within this virtual space, they will be able to interact with their whole bodies with sample simulation data generated by Kasbaoui Research Group, specializing in high-fidelity and large-scale simulations of fluid flows.

Zone C: Tempe • Engineering Center A (ECA) | Second Floor | 243

Engineering

Star Formation

Participants will learn how stars form from the dust and gas that exists in space clumping together. They'll model the star-formation process by adding energy (via a hairdryer) to matter floating in space (ping pong balls) to see how much of it they can get to "clump" in an empty container.

Zone D: Tempe • Interdisciplinary Science And Technology Building 7 (ISTB7) Outdoors |

Culture/Language

Flintknapping with Stone Tool Experts

Learn about stone tool manufacturing as our ancestors did it for millions of years. We will demonstrate flintknapping, the process of manufacturing knives and other usable tools out of stone. We will also have a cave art-inspired rock art activity.

Zone A: Tempe • School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) Outdoors | Lawn

Social Science

Future Technology Bracket Board Game

Not your typical bracket! Pit future technologies against each other to decide which one would be most beneficial to society!

Zone D: Tempe • Interdisciplinary Science And Technology Building 7 (ISTB7) Outdoors |

Natural Science

Barcode Biology

Have you ever wanted to know what makes life on earth so unique? Well, we have! Here at the Kerry Geiler-Samerotte lab we study the material (DNA) that allows cells to look and behave differently. To do this, we use tags (barcodes) to identify cells. Come make your own barcoded bracelet or participate in our cell tagging game to learn about the barcoding techniques we use every day in our lab.

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg C (BDC) Outdoors | Courtyard between Biodesign Institute Buildings B and C

Natural Science

Microbial Transformations

Pollutants can be turned into treasures by microbes. If we create environments that make them happy, microbes will do valuable jobs for us, like cleaning up pollution while generating renewable resources. Visitors roll balls along magnetic rails where microbes transform pollutants into valuable chemicals and their speed shows how much energy it takes to do their vital work.

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg C (BDC) Outdoors | Courtyard between Biodesign Institute Buildings B and C

Sustainability

Biomimicry Center Tour

Welcome to The Biomimicry Center, a unique and beautiful space on the Tempe Campus. In 2019, we completed a remodel of The Center, guided entirely by lessons from the natural world. The Biomimicry Center integrated nature's deep patterns (Life's Principles) in our space, our furniture, and even our processes. In this tour, we will explore each element of the sustainable and regenerative remodel, including the carpet tiles, modular furniture, living walls, and even our newest addition: the NatureMaker collection of natural artifacts.

Schedule: 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm

Zone A: Tempe • Design South (CDS) | First Floor | 126

Social Science

Design, Build, Test

Participants will imagine a scientific mission to space, draw inspiration from existing spacecraft, and then design and build their own simple model spacecraft to accomplish the goals of their mission. After assembling a spacecraft and attaching tools, participants' creations will have to complete a series of tests to ensure that they're ready for launch.

Zone D: Tempe • Interdisciplinary Science And Technology Building 7 (ISTB7) Outdoors |

Natural Science

Plasma Balls

Electrons are tiny, charged particles that surround all atoms which make up everything in the universe! In the Beus laboratory, we free electrons from their home in atoms and accelerate them to near the speed of light. In this demo, we show that by accelerating electrons through gas, we can produce colorful plasma inside a glass orb and change the direction of plasma filaments by touching different parts of the glass.

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg C (BDC) Outdoors | Courtyard between Biodesign Institute Buildings B and C

Sustainability

Playing Games to Save Water

Games are used by communities to find solutions to shared resource problems, like the use of groundwater. Come learn how communities across the globe in India and here in Arizona are affected by groundwater depletion. Children and adults can play the groundwater game to learn more about groundwater issues, and how games can help with water conservation.

Zone D: Tempe • Interdisciplinary Science And Technology Building 7 (ISTB7) Outdoors | ISTB7 Patio

Natural Science

Rep-tiling and trominos

Do you like solving puzzles? Using L-shaped tiles called trominos, help us figure out if we can cover all the squares on a chessboard after one square is removed. Have fun as you learn about rep-tiles, tessellations, symmetry and substitution tiling.

Zone C: Tempe • Wexler Hall (WXLR) | First Floor | 116

Natural Science

Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies - Free NASA poster giveaway

The Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies is ASU’s NASA-supported planetary data center. It contains photographic prints from NASA’s planetary missions from the 1960s-1990s, and a computer lab to access the digital images from all missions. View panoramic prints from the Mars rovers and check out views of all of the planets on our MagicPlanet™ globe! Free NASA posters will be given away.

Zone C: Tempe • Bateman Physical Sciences Center F (PSF) | Fifth Floor | 5th floor Room 560

Natural Science

We've Got Your Bac!

Microbes that live in your gut affect your physical and mental health. External factors can influence whether they help you to be healthy or unhealthy. You can modify your diet and lifestyle to help your gut microbes help you. Visitors learn about healthy habits, as well as pro- and pre-biotics, and then create Microbe Friends to take home.

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg C (BDC) Outdoors | Courtyard between Biodesign Institute Buildings B and C

Engineering

Operate a Satellite, tour the Interplanetary Lab Space Maker Space

The Interplanetary Initiative Space Lab will be open for touring for all ages to come see the different projects and equipment we work with everyday to increase access to space! Operate a prototype satellite yourself! See the lab and view assembly of Lightcube satellite, an ASU student cubesat set for launch in 2023. Live satellite tracking station will operate any available cubesats including ASU’s own Phoenix cubesat! The Interplanetary Lab is a student-powered space maker-space which supports ASU’s small satellite missions with development and testing including vibration, thermal, and vacuum. The facility will be available for tours.

Zone B: Tempe • Sun Devil Hall (SDH) | First Floor | 160

Social Science

Wheel of Communication

Spin the Wheel of Communication! Whatever color the wheel lands on, you will be asked a question about one of our areas of study. You then have six options to choose from, either Organizational, Interpersonal, Intercultural, Rhetoric and Public Communication, Health or Performance Studies. Fun for the whole family!

Zone A: Tempe • Stauffer Communication Arts A (STAUF) Outdoors | Patio

Business

Balloon Twisters

Stop by W. P. Carey School of Business to receive your choice of balloon animal, fun creation or balloon accessory.

Zone B: Tempe • Business Administration C Wing (BAC) Outdoors | Dean's Patio

Engineering

Growing semiconductor crystals one layer of atoms at a time

Join ASU Molecular Beam Epitaxy group researchers as they demonstrate growth of semiconductor crystals for use in next generation solar cells. Molecular beam epitaxy is a cutting-edge ultra-high-vacuum technique for growing high purity crystalline material by depositing atoms one layer at a time. You’ll get a first-hand look at semiconductor growth in real time, as well as learn about the fundamentals of semiconductor materials for every day optical devices like LEDs, solar cells, detectors, and lasers.

Zone C: Tempe • Engineering Research Center (ENGRC) | First Floor | 164

Business

Let's Get Down to Business

Come visit the W. P. Carey School of Business activity to learn about how to create a business from start to finish! Real W. P. Carey students will help you start with an idea and turn it into a business. Join us and foster your entrepreneurial spirit!

Zone B: Tempe • Business Administration C Wing (BAC) Outdoors | Dean's Patio

Business

Escape the Classroom- W. P. Carey Edition

Join other families for a fun and challenging adventure. You have 20 minutes to Escape the Classroom…can you beat the clock?

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

Zone B: Tempe • Business Administration (BA) | First Floor | 199

Sustainability

Postcards from the Future

When we think of our shared climate future, the stories we tell ourselves are often frightening. Tales of megastorms, sweeping crop failures, and heat waves loom over us, sending a signal that the problem is so complex that it’s out of our control. But what if we told different stories? What if we shared narratives, poems, and songs about climate adaptation, resilience and cooperation in the coming century that could inspire better futures for all of us? Come join ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination to experience glimpses of possible worlds and send someone a postcard from the future!

Zone D: Tempe • Interdisciplinary Science And Technology Building 7 (ISTB7) Outdoors |

Social Science

LIVE Performance by the Ukulele Club at ASU!

Join us on the COOR patio for a live performance from the Ukulele Club – a group of talented students from ASU!

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

Art/Design

Kaleidoscope Creations

Make your own kaleidoscope at the ASU Library! Kaleidoscopes symbolize creativity and the opportunity to see yourself in a different way. A chance to look at the beauty of colors, shapes and patterns in the world around you. The library is made up of resources that change and adapt and become personal to those who enter the building. For ASU Open Door 2022, join the ASU Library for an exciting day of exploration and discovery featuring highlighted resources that include; our Makerspace and rare materials in the Wurzburger Reading Room. Wherever you are from, wherever you are going. You belong at your library.

Zone A: Tempe • Hayden Library (LIB) Outdoors | West Patio

Student Life

University Testing and Scanning Services

Come learn how you (high school, incoming, current and returning students), can save money and time by earning college credits through College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Zone C: Tempe • Tyler Mall Cantina (TYLER) | First Floor | Tyler Mall/ Palm Walk Intersection

Engineering

Look Inside the Nano World

Come and operate a scanning electron microscope! This 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 objects at up to 100,000x magnification. There are also hands-on interactive demos exploring basic nanotechnology concepts and introducing some of the technology’s social aspects.

Zone C: Tempe • Engineering Center G (ECG) | First Floor | ECG140

Natural Science

Reptile Row

Learn about Arizona’s amazing reptiles at the Living Collections in the School of Life Sciences. Come see a real Gila Monster, one of only two venomous lizards in the world, as well as king snakes, desert tortoises and one of the most complete collections of Arizona rattlesnakes.

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

Culture/Language

Follow the Treasure Map

Pick up a map of our school, then follow it to find stamps at our activities. Collect all the stamps to win a fun prize.

Zone A: Tempe • School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) Outdoors | Entrance

Natural Science

Tumor-Targeting Viruses

Visitors will learn how cancer could one day be treated with a virus. Create a glowing "cancer" and watch as the virus treatment spreads and destroys the cancer.

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg C (BDC) Outdoors | Courtyard

Engineering

Measuring the performance of next-generation thin film solar cells

Semiconductor materials are the fundamental building block of light emitting and detecting devices like solar cells, LEDs, lasers, and photodetectors. Join ASU Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) group researchers for a hands-on demonstration of current-voltage (I-V) measurements of cutting-edge thin film solar cells. You’ll have an opportunity to perform your own measurements of solar cells grown by the ASU MBE group, as well as learn about the fundamentals of light absorption and emission in semiconductors.

Schedule: 1:00 p.m.

Zone C: Tempe • Engineering Research Center (ENGRC) | First Floor | 170

Sustainability

Honey, We Shrunk the Ice!

Sea ice is an important component of regulating global climate change. Locally, many people who live in the Arctic depend on the ice for transportation, as well as hunting. Polar bears, seals, and many other animals rely on the Arctic sea ice for feeding, breeding, raising young, and transportation. Arctic warming will disrupt our planet’s natural air conditioner, leading to greater warming around the rest of the globe. Join us to for hands on activity to find out where will the polar bears go?

Zone D: Tempe • Interdisciplinary Science And Technology Building 7 (ISTB7) Outdoors | Building Patio

Sustainability

Biomimicry-in-Action Demo

What can a kingfisher bird beak teach us about reducing drag? What can we learn from a lotus leaf about self-cleaning surfaces? Join The Biomimicry Center for a short presentation about what we can learn from nature, and how these lessons might inspire innovative designs. See our unique 3D-printed models in action as we explore two popular examples of biomimicry.

Zone A: Tempe • Design South (CDS) | First Floor | 126

Natural Science

What's the Diagnosis?

Discover how a clinical laboratory detects viruses in patient samples and try your hand at “diagnosing” a sample with a fun visual display!

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg C (BDC) Outdoors | Courtyard

Health & Wellness

Origami Heart Affirmations

Join ASU Counseling Services to make an origami heart with a positive affirmation to hang somewhere that you can see it every day. Perfect for all ages!

Zone A: Tempe • Student Services Bldg. (SSV) | Third Floor | 334

Health & Wellness

Yoga Pretzels: Fun Yoga Activities For All Ages

Join ASU Counseling Services to learn and practice a variety of yoga poses through Yoga Pretzels, an activity for all ages!

Zone A: Tempe • Student Services Bldg. (SSV) | Third Floor | 334

Natural Science

Drink Your Germs!

Can you use bacteria to make something tasty? You bet we can!

Zone D: Tempe • Biodesign Institute Bldg C (BDC) Outdoors | Courtyard between Biodesign Institute Buildings B and C

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