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Annual Engineering and Science Festival is Feb. 4

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 11:40 am / January 13, 2017

Students demonstrate control of a small robot.

Families are invited to attend the annual Engineering and Science Festival at Boise State University on Saturday, Feb. 4. All events are free. Registration is optional at https://secureforms.boisestate.edu/coen/on-line-registration-for-stem-exploration-feb-7-2015.

Dozens of hands-on activities, demonstrations and interactive science shows aimed at all ages from children and teens to adults are scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Events take place at the Engineering Complex, Student Union Building, Kinesiology Building (old gym), Environmental Research Building, and the Albertsons Library MakerLab.

Parking is available at no cost at the Lincoln Parking Garage. In addition, free one-day bus passes will be available. Call (208) 258-2702 or email mcarnopis@valleyregionaltransit.org to request passes good for fixed-line bus service in Boise. Passes may be requested from Monday, Jan. 16, through Tuesday, Jan. 31. Passes will be mailed to requestors. Please indicate the number of passes needed for adults and students (ages 6-18). Children younger than age 6 ride for free.

The math booth at the Engineering and Science Festival.Participants will have an opportunity to take a fun photo with science props, ride a Segway, visit STEMbusUSA, see the world’s fastest five-ball juggler, meet former astronaut Steve Swanson, now a distinguished educator in residence at Boise State, or learn about volcanoes, robots, computers, bugs and more.

A full schedule of events and activities can be found at http://coen.boisestate.edu/STEMExploration. A sample includes:

  • Build and fly a tumblewing
  • Extreme weather science
  • Tie dye chromatography
  • Build a BristleBot
  • Bugs under a microscope
  • Jenga Jedi
  • Catapult launch
  • Solar go-kart display
  • Build a hovercraft
  • Fantastic fire
  • Build a bridge
  • Amateur radio
  • High altitude balloons
  • Throw it! Blow it! Bow it! The science of ancient projectiles