Activity Descriptions

2018 Hands-on Science Activities

The Heart of the Matter

Follow your blood on a journey through the human cardiovascular system!

Location: Eberhart Building, Lab 323

Contact: estomlin@uncg.edu, margaret.hood@uncg.edu

It’s Electric!

Did you know that your body can conduct electricity? Use Makey, Makey kits to explore electrical circuits and our bodies’ own conductivity.

Location: Sullivan Science Building Atrium

Contact: e_azzi@uncg.edu

NanoBus

The JSNN Nanobus learning lab teaches science and engineering concepts using hands-on activities. Pick up cheerios with magnets, see a 3D printer in action and more!

Location: Sullivan Science Building Atrium

Contact: jgryan@ncat.uncg.edu

Surface Tension

Learn why some insects can walk on water and why water falls in drops. Dawn soap and black pepper illustrate the strange property of surface tension.

Location: Sullivan Science Building Atrium | Timed event: every 10 minutes

Contact: anithaj2410@gmail.com

Opposites Attract

Get sucked into the world of magnets! Unique experiments illustrate the magnetic field, conservation of energy and magnetic properties of food.

Location: Sullivan Science Building Atrium | Timed event: every 10-15 minutes

Contact: l_chivuk@uncg.edu

Carbon Nanodots: How Small Can You Go?

Big things come in small packages. Learn how newly developed nanomaterials can work with our cardiovascular systems and more.

Location: Sullivan Science Building Lab, Room 112

Contact: z_jia@uncg.edu

A Chemical Magic Show

See how mixing chemicals can create magic-like reactions!

Location: Sullivan Science Building Lab, Room 114

Contact: Yba001@bravemail.uncp.edu

Don’t Catch These Bugs!

Fascinating and dangerous. Learn about mosquitoes, sand flies and ticks.

Location: Sullivan Science Building Lab, Room 125

Contact: g_Wasser@uncg.edu

Growing Vegetables, Growing People

Did you know vegetables can grow without soil? Get to know hydroponics and Peacehaven, a farm that connects people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the larger community.

Location: Sullivan Science Building Auditorium

Contact: melissa_floyd@uncg.edu

Let’s Go Viral

Learn all about the amazing world of viruses through hands-on activities and crafts.

Location: Sullivan Science Building Lab, Room 117

Contact: kjmille3@uncg.edu

Do It Yourself DNA

Come extract and isolate DNA from strawberries using simple, household ingredients. We’ve all heard of DNA, but you will actually see it – without a microscope!

Location: Sullivan Science Building Lab, Room 124

Contact: cdmoreira@uncg.edu

Really Weird Plants

Learn about plants with bizarre adaptations to their environments and strange properties, as well as some familiar plants with interesting secrets.

Location: Sullivan Science Building Lab, Room 139

Contact: dlreming@uncg.edu

Insects of North Carolina

Interact with live and preserved insects, learning about their roles in ecosystems. Get to know beetles, butterflies, dragonflies and many others – and their feeding habits!

Location: Sullivan Science Building Lab, Room 138

Contact: pwblum@uncg.edu

Green Tree Pythons

A display of live, green tree pythons. Discuss captive breeding, general husbandry and other interesting facts about this beautiful species of snake. Exhibit courtesy of Southern Chondros.

Location: Sullivan Science Building Building (inside, by the auditorium doors)

Contact: kimberly@southernchondros.com

Herps in Your Backyard

Pet a frog! Pet a turtle! Come meet the reptiles and amphibians common to North Carolina.

Location: Sullivan Science Building Walkway | If raining: inside Sullivan Science Building next to Green Tree Pythons

Contact: cematthe@uncg.edu

Cool Chemistry with Carbon Dioxide: Smoke and Fire!

Watch solutions bubble and smoke. Use a white nugget to inflate a balloon and extinguish a candle with an invisible gas.

Location: Sullivan Science Building Walkway | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: jlwalsh@uncg.edu

Who Eats Who in the Great Big Blue?

If you were a coral on a tropical reef, what would you eat? And what would eat you? Play with marine food chain puzzles to explore predator-prey interactions — some too small for the naked eye.

Location: McIver Deck Lawn | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: eneave@live.unc.edu

Balloon Rockets

Balloon rockets may not go all the way to moon, but they teach us what we need to know to build bigger rockets that get us to space.

Location: McIver Deck Lawn | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: allarts@uncg.edu

Amazing Colorful Cabbage Chemistry

You do chemistry in your home every day. See some amazing and colorful reactions. Is Sprite an acid or a base? Investigate!

Location: McIver Deck Lawn | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: jlwlash@uncg.edu

Make Your Own DNA Necklace

Extract DNA from your own cheek cells to make a necklace you can take home!

Location: McIver Deck Lawn | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: mdschug@uncg.edu

Protect Your Head!

Use your head to build an egg-cellent helmet!

Location: Coleman Building

Contact: adeal@wakehealth.edu

Bats and Mice in Your Backyard

Come see how to study bats and mice living around Greensboro.

Location: Coleman Building

Contact: h_li6@uncg.edu

Tangrams Puzzles for All

Come learn about tangrams, simple seven-piece puzzles that can make thousands of different shapes. Cut out a set of your very own to take home!

Location: Coleman Building

Contact: pagowins@uncg.edu

The Genetics of You

See how some of your traits are passed down in families, and learn how healthcare professionals can test for different conditions.

Location: Coleman Building

Contact: Mahill4@uncg.edu

Let’s Get Physical

Test your physical abilities at the kinesiology laboratories! Learn about the study of human movement, and talk to us about athletic training, biomechanics, motor control, physical activity and sport psychology.

Location: Coleman Building Gym

Contact: seross@uncg.edu

Human Movement in 3D

Take a look inside a biomechanics research lab, as we use 3D motion capture technology to answer important health and wellness questions.

Location: Coleman Building, Room 247 (VEAR Lab)

Contact: jtjakiel@uncg.edu

Abuzz About Bee Behavior

See social behaviors of honey bees in a glass-walled observation hive and figure out the difference between young and old worker bees!

Location: Coleman Building

Contact: olav_rueppell@uncg.edu

The Secret Life of Pollinators

Participate in a honey bee worker behavior experiment and learn about honey bee biology and the importance of pollinators.

Location: Coleman Building

Contact: olav_rueppell@uncg.edu

Science on the Go: Measure Your Body’s Response to Stress

How does your body respond to stress? Come find out how scientists measure physical stress responses outside the lab.

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: bewisco@uncg.edu

How We Think Matters

Construct a model to understand how elements of the human and natural world influence each other.

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: gdgoins@ncat.edu

How Your Brain Sees

Join our demonstration and learn how the brain processes visual information, allowing us to see the world.

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: bbeckelm@wakehealth.edu

Observational Drawing

Careful observation is crucial for artists and scientists alike. Join us for drawing activities for all ages and abilities!

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: Brgilber@uncg.edu

Celebrate UNCG’s 125th Birthday / Alumni Tent

Past and future Spartans can stop by the Alumni tent for face painting, tattoos, ice pops and alumni gifts.

Location: Outside the Forney Bldg., College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: drthomp2@uncg.edu

Inside Out: The Science of Emotions

Become an emotion scientist! Discover what happens to our brains and bodies when we are happy, sad, angry and scared.

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: emleerke@uncg.edu

Polymers Everywhere

Do you want to be a scientist? Scientists are curious – we want to know what things are and how they work. In this experiment, we will see how a polymer works with a simple, hands-on experiment.

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: jhsimps2@uncg.edu

The Incredible, Flexible Brain!

Learn about the brain and see videos displaying MRI scans at the DUCK Lab. Take part in kids’ mental flexibility games!

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: duck_lab@uncg.edu

Skull Sleuths

Can you guess the type of animal by only looking at the skull?

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: j_loreth@uncg.edu

In the Bones: Forensic Anthropology in 3D

Examine 3D replicas of bones from real forensic cases to test your ability to solve crime.

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: Robbinsgm@gmail.com

Everyday Chemistry

See hands-on examples of how chemistry influences your everyday life.

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: kspeters@uncg.edu

Do You Smell That?

Explore your sense of smell by identifying some “funky” and “sweet” items.

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building | Timed event: 12:30-1, 1:30-2, 2:30-3 and 3:30-4pm

Contact: mnblackw@uncg.edu

Agar Agar Lemonade

Create your own glass of lemonade with grape flavored pearls.

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: smlynch2@uncg.edu

How Far Will Your Plane Fly?

Design your own paper airplane model and test it against other participants. Can yours fly the farthest?

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: jcpatton@uncg.edu

Which is the Stickiest?

Experiment with adhesives as you run marbles down three separate inclines to see which tape is the stickiest. Which marble will win the race?

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: jcpatton@uncg.edu

Sustainable Gardening

From seeds to making herbal tea, the UNCG Student Garden Club will share sustainable gardening with visitors.

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: s_andrea@uncg.edu

Staying Healthy: Heart and Stroke

Take part in a healthy coloring activity and learn the signs and symptoms of stroke, thanks to the Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk.

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building

Contact: Garet.Beane@heart.org

K-9 Cops

Come meet UNCG Officer Austin and his partner Tink, our K-9.

Location: College Avenue | If raining: Coleman Building | Timed event: every hour

Contact: alausti3@uncg.edu

Are You Faster Than a Calculator?

Learn fancy tricks to do fast math without a calculator.

Location: Petty Building Classroom, Room 224

Contact: ukkulkarni@ecsu.edu

Planetarium Show

A 45-minute show in the UNCG Planetarium demonstrates the motion of stars, planets and the Sun.

Location: Petty Building, Room 310 | Timed event: 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30pm

Contact: a_mirosh@uncg.edu

Meet Cozmo, the Robotics Toy

Learn simple programming and computer science concepts using an interactive robotics toy.

Location: Petty Building Classroom, Room 223

Contact: labeasle@uncg.edu

How Many Planet Earths Do I Need?

Take a quiz to find out how many Earths we would need if every person led a lifestyle like yours. Learn ways to reduce your ecological footprint.

Location: Petty Building Computer Lab, Room 211

Contact: asallen@uncg.edu

Dangerous Decibels

Find out how dangerous levels of sound can damage your hearing!

Location: Petty Building Classroom, Room 217

Contact: lgfoxtho@uncg.edu

Programmable Remote-Control Car

Test your development skills with our custom-built remote-control car.

Location: Petty Building Classroom, Room 219

Contact: sabenche@uncg.edu

Wetlands Improve Water Quality!

Wetlands can clean water. Come use water chemistry to test it yourself!

Location: Peabody Park, meet near the welcome station at Sullivan Science Building | If raining: event canceled | Timed event: meet at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15pm

Contact: mdschug@uncg.edu

Make a Toad House

Build a toad house for your backyard and learn about how wetlands promote biological diversity.

Location: Peabody Park, meet near the welcome station at Sullivan Science Building | If raining: event canceled | Timed event: meet at 12:15; 1:15; 2:15 and 3:15pm

Contact: mdschug@uncg.edu

Johnson, Jackson and Vaughan

You may have heard of these NASA mathematicians in the recent movie “Hidden Figures.” Honor these great women by building a rocket that really flies!

Location: Elliott University Center Commons Lawn

Albert Einstein

This crazy haired scientist once said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Come be like Einstein and try something new!

Location: School of Education Building

Isaac Newton

The story goes that when an apple fell on his head, his ideas on gravity were born. What physics idea will you uncover here?

Location: School of Education Building

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is well known for his revolutionary insights on black holes, space and time. Discover your own spacey insights with us!

Location: School of Education Building

Leonardo da Vinci

Did you know many scientists also dabble in the arts? Show off your sci-art-tastic abilities!

Location: School of Education Building

Pythagoras

As a Greek philosopher and mathematician, he knew math was uber fun, and we bet you do too! Explore some math-inspired magic!

Location: School of Education Building

Tesla vs. Edison

The battle still rages … Who was the ultimate electrical engineer? Zap on in and participate in the Ultimate Circuit Challenge game!

Location: School of Education Building

Grace Hopper

“Amazing Grace” was a pioneer in programming. Legend says her team coined the term “debugging” when they discovered a moth in a room-sized computer! Test your coding and debugging skills!

Location: School of Education Building

Cynthia Breazeal

At the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Breazeal’s team creates robots for amazing educational purposes. What type of inspiring robot can you build?

Location: School of Education Building

Marie2

Two Maries, one room. Radioactive chemistry was Marie Curie’s passion, while biochemistry was Marie Maynard Daly’s game. Dabble in some chemical reactions yourself! (Don’t worry, you won’t explode.)

Location: School of Education Building

E.O. Wilson Courtyard

As the world’s leading expert on ants, you might guess that Wilson loves the outdoors. Explore some activities better suited for the outdoors (usually due to the mess factor).

Location: School of Education Building Courtyard

SELF Design Studio

You’ve heard that 3D printing will change our world. Well, it’s true! Come create an object that has never existed in the history of mankind! Visit the SELF Design Studio to see how manufacturing is evolving.

Location: School of Education Building, Room 307