2019 Science Open House


Open House Schedule


(12:00-1:00 and 3:00-4:00) COLD TEMPERATURE SHOW



  • DNA extraction with Kevin Cavanaugh
  • Super conductor magnet track with Aimee Morris
  • Oobleck walk with Callie Cole
  • Nobel Prize Winning Gallery
    • 1903 (Chemistry) - Svante August Arrhenius “in recognition of the extraordinary services he has rendered to the advancement of chemistry by his electrolytic theory of dissociation”. Presented by Anthony Montoya.
    • 1906 (Physics) - Joseph John Thomson “in recognition of the great merits of his theoretical and experimental investigations on the conduction of electricity by gases”. Presented by Fischer Harvel
    • 1907 (Physics) - Albert Abraham Michelson “for his optical precision instruments and the spectroscopic and metrological investigations carried out with their aid”. Presented by Kenny Mickens.
    • 1921 (Physics) – Albert Einstein “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”. Presented by Robert Herman.
    • 1922 (Physics) - Niels Henrik David Bohr “for his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and of the radiation emanating from them”. Presented by Andrew Robbins.
    • 1936 (Physics) - Victor Franz Hess “for his discovery of cosmic radiation”. Presented by Claire Stellick.1952 (Chemistry) - Archer John Porter Martin and Richard Laurence Millington Synge “for their invention of partition chromatography”. Presented by Cheyenne West.
    • 2018 (Physics) - Arthur Ashkin “for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems”. Presented by William Girten.


  • Anatomy lab B410-eyeball and brain dissections!
  • Zoology lab/fly room B430-Glow in the dark bacteria, stained bacteria on microscopes
  • Zoology lab B430-preserved mammal and skeleton exhibits-bobcat, mountain lion, porcupine, African lion skull, full bear skeleton
  • Animal Room B431-hold and interact with live snakes, lizards, cockroaches and tortoise!
  • Herbarium, 416-check out the world class herbarium, a collection of preserved plant specimens and learn how this information is shared around the country.
  • Botany lab, 440-dissect and get a close up look at fruits and flowers under the dissecting microscopes
  • Greenhouse, access through 440-come see our beautiful greenhouse and learn from the students who care for it
  • Environmental Health Lab, 460-come see what lives in our streams and rivers, learn about the entire food chain, use the dissecting scopes to see invertebrates
  • Physiology lab, 2410-get an EEG run and see your heart in action
  • Majors lab, 2430-exercise physiology and biomechanics with Exercise Science
  • Genetics lab, 2460-cellular/molecular biology, still in the planning stages but it will be awesome!
  • Exploring climate change science with Dr. Heidi Steltzer.  The climate crisis is upon us. There are changes happening in our own back yards including sequences of weather extremes: low snow, fire, high snow, rain. And off in distant regions of our world, places where we envision our impacts are small, these places too are changing. Come with questions about climate & weather, mountains & poles, and leave with more than just answers. Together we can grow our understanding of what is and isn’t changing due to climate change across our region & our world.


  • Fossil Forensic Files -Who were your hominin ancestors and how did they die? From cannibalism to crocodile attacks, life wasn't easy during the early days of our evolution. Help us to uncover mysteries of our deep past by interpreting evidence from their ancient bones! Presented by Dawn Mulhern and Nadia Neff.

Exercise Science:

  • The Science of focus - and eyeball tracking of various food preparation methods. Presented by Susumu Iwasaki and Margaret Shields.


  • Star Wars Force Trainer:  Brainwaves or Bunk? – Presented by Brian Burke


  • Avalanche Demonstration SFH 770 – Presented by Andy Gleason
  • Petrology Demo with rock and mineral specimens and microscopes set up to look at thin sections of rocks in SFH 790. 
  • Dr. Kim Hannula has offered to conduct tours of Sitter Family Hall.

Engineering and Physics:

  • Ryan Smith and his Robots – Presented by Ryan Smith
Getting Here