Activity Descriptions

Hands-on Science Activities

 

NanoBus
The NanoBus is a learning laboratory designed to teach scientific concepts through demonstrations and experiments. Did you know you can pick up Cheerios with a magnet? Have you ever wondered how a 3D printer prints? Join us for engaging activities by the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
Location: Sullivan Science Building

Green Tree Pythons
Observe and learn about green tree pythons, from yearlings to adults. Discuss captive breeding, general husbandry, color change and more. Exhibit courtesy of Southern Chondros.
Location: Sullivan Science Building

Carbon Footprint
How much pollution do you make a year? Calculate your carbon footprint, and learn how to reduce your impact on the earth’s atmosphere.
Location: Sullivan Science Building

How Many Planet Earths do I Need?
Find out how many planet Earths would we need if every single person led a lifestyle similar to yours.
Location: Sullivan Science Building

Cyanotype, the Blueprint
Use chemicals and UV light to create your own cyan-blue prints.
Location: Sullivan Science Building

Liver Metabolism: From Detox to Personalized Medicine
In this hands-on activity, you will study and observe the liver’s detoxifying action and learn how liver enzymes can lead to individualized medical treatment.
Location: Sullivan Science Building

Small Fly, Huge Model
Using live fruit flies, you can explore life cycle stages, identify anatomical structures, understand genetics and view mutant fly markers. Use carbon dioxide gas to temporarily put the flies to sleep and view them under microscopes. You won’t want to “fly” by this station!
Location: Sullivan Science Building

Who Lives in our Streams?
Fish aren’t the only animals that live in streams. Invertebrates are also important to the health of a stream, but aren’t as easy to see as fish. Meet some of these invertebrates and learn how they make their living.
Location: Sullivan Science Building

Discovering Dissections
Discover the anatomy of invertebrates, and see what you can identify! What do you see?
Location: Sullivan Science Building

Plastic Debris: How Trash Debris Impacts our Ecosystem
Extract microplastics from sediment and look at them under a microscope as you learn how improperly discarded plastics impact the environment and harm marine life.
Location: Sullivan Science Building

We Make IT
Learn how to create games, animation and Internet of Things applications.
Location: Sullivan Science Building

Learn About Light
Use a headset to walk through a 3D modeled commercial space and begin to understand the the impact that lighting has in a space. See how it can impact mood, learn about different types of color temperatures and much more.
Location: Sullivan Science Building

Engineering Can Make You a Superhero
Find out how engineering can make you a superhero! You will face three crises and will have to use your engineering skills to save the day.
Location: Sullivan Science Building
Times: 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45 and 3:30 p.m.

Light Fixture Design
Come see how custom light fixtures are made!
Location: Sullivan Science Building

Let’s Get to the Heart of the Matter
Explore the cardiovascular system using models, real hearts and cat dissections.
Location: Eberhart Building, Room 323

Play Poison Ivy
How well do you know your plants? Adults and children alike are welcome play Poison Ivy, a plant identification card game that will teach participants to identify local plants.
Location: Coleman Building

Visit the VEAR Lab
Have you ever wondered what makes video games and animated movies look so real? Designers use biomechanics to capture the motion of real humans, and then import that human motion into their games or movies. Visit UNCG’s VEAR (Virtual Environment for Assessment and Rehabilitation) Lab to learn how motion capture works and how this technology is used in the medical field.
Location: Coleman 247

Bats and Mice in Your Backyard
Discover how bats and rodents are important to ecosystems as you learn about echolocation and identify bat species by their calls.
Location: Coleman Building

Honey Bee Tracking
Observe and track honey bees in their hives.
Location: Coleman Building

3D Scanning and Visualization
Watch a portable 3D scanner at work.
Location: Coleman Building

Endangered Species Art
Learn about endangered species and how to save them as you put your art skills to the test. Participants will be provided with a plain reusable bag and will have the opportunity to choose an endangered animal to paint on the it.
Location: Coleman Building

Meet Cozmo
A demonstration of simple programming and computer science concepts using an interactive robotics toy called Cozmo. Participants will be able to see the power and fun of computer programming by watching Cozmo perform tasks that are written in a programming language. Hosted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Club.
Location: Coleman Building

We All Live in a Watershed
Spin the wheel of conservation and learn about the importance of watersheds.
Location: Coleman Building

Hexaflexagons: Flex Your Geometry Brain
Play with hexaflexagons – paper hexagons folded from strips of paper that reveal different faces as they are flexed.
Location: Coleman Building

Drawing from Nature
View artistic interpretations of nature, while making your own artistic interpretation of nature with water colors.
Location: Coleman Building

Walk Through the Park
Take a guided tour through UNCG’s Peabody Park on your way to our brand new wetlands project.
Location: Peabody Park
Rain Location: In case of rain, this event will be cancelled.
Times: 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Wetlands, Prairies and Pollinator Gardens
Tour the area surrounding the UNCG’s new wetlands. Participants will stop at several spots and complete a card sort, species matching activity and/or interactive food web activity.
Location: Peabody Park
Rain Location: In case of rain, this event will be cancelled.
Times: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Measure Air Pollution
What’s in the air? Use portable air quality samplers to find out how clean the air is.
Location: Walkway in front of Sullivan Science and Eberhart Buildings
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Hands-on Herps
Pet a herp! We will be educating visitors about various North Carolina amphibians and reptiles.
Location: Walkway in front of the Sullivan Science and Eberhart buildings
Rain Location: Coleman Building

What Grows Between Your Toes?
Let’s take a look at bacteria! We’ve collected and cultured body swabs from between toes, inside of belly buttons and more so you can look at and examine the bacteria that grow on all of us.
Location: Walkway in front of Sullivan Science and Eberhart buildings
Rain Location: Coleman Building

The Squirming Germ
Arts and crafts meet science in this fun activity! Make a take-home microbe, and learn more about flagella, cilia and microbial movement.
Location: Walkway in front of Sullivan Science and Eberhart buildings
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Herpetology Puppet Show
Want to learn more about sea turtles and how we can help preserve them? Come visit our sea turtle puppet show!
Location: Walkway in front of Sullivan Science and Eberhart buildings
Rain Location: Sullivan Science Building, Room 101
Times: 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30 p.m.

Tracking Box Turtles
Learn more about North Carolina’s state reptile as you explore the maps of land turtles with turtle transmitters.
Location: Walkway in front of Sullivan Science and Eberhart buildings
Rain Location: Sullivan Science Building

Mixing Chemicals and Making Colors
Colors are made of chemical compounds. In this activity, you can mix chemical compounds together to make amazing colors!
Location: Walkway in front of Sullivan Science and Eberhart buildings
Rain Location: Sullivan Science Building

What’s the Matter?
Explore the different states of matter and how they change through hands-on activities.
Location: Walkway in front of Sullivan Science and Eberhart buildings
Rain Location: Sullivan Science Building

Ooh, It’s Freezing!
See what happens when you flash-freeze things to very cold temperatures.
Location: Walkway in front of Sullivan Science and Eberhart buildings
Rain Location: Sullivan Science Building

Planetarium
Star gaze in the middle of the day. Join us in UNCG’s planetarium and see the stars, planets and more. This activity is best suited for older children and adults.
Location: Petty Building, Room 310
Times: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Makey Makey: Game On!
With Makey Makey kits, you can convert ordinary objects into musical instruments and controllers. Come joins us in the Digital ACT Studio!
Location: Digital ACT Studio in Jackson Library

Hack Your Poster
Join us in the Digital ACT Studio to illuminate your artwork. With copper foil and LED lights, we will show you how to make your posters come to life.
Location: Digital ACT Studio in Jackson Library

Drawing in 3D
Experiment with drawing and design using 3D pen technology.
Location: Digital ACT Studio in Jackson Library

Battle Bot Builder Fair
Join us in the Digital Media Commons for a day of robot building and coding.
Location: Digital ACT Studio in Jackson Library

Alumni House Giveaways
Future UNCG Spartans: Stop by the Alumni House for some popcorn and learn about the UNCG tradition of the daisy.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Skull Spectacular
Can you identify which skull belongs to which animal? What can you tell about an animal from its skull? You’ll be surprised what a skull can tell you.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Water and You
Look at how water affects you, and how you affect water every day.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Make Your Own DNA Necklace
Extract DNA from your own cheek cells to make a DNA necklace to you can take home with you.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Human Body Exploration
Use art to understand how the human body works.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

The Brain and Creativity
See what a brain looks like in a MRI scan, and discover creative uses for everyday objects.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Sustainable Gardening Activities
Enjoy hands-on gardening activities geared toward making science accessible to all and creating an awareness of sustainable gardening. Create your own miniature garden to take home, make and taste different mint-flavored waters and make clay pollinator seed balls. The first 50 teachers will also be able to take back small window gardens to grow in their classroom.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Bones Tell a Story
Play the Human Fossil Record game! While you play, you will have an opportunity to see some of the actual fossils that scientists use to study human evolution.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Observational Art
Careful observation is essential for both artists and scientists. Join the Weatherspoon Art Museum for drop-in observational and drawing activities open to all ages and skill levels. Practice your observational skills using natural materials and illustrations we provide or try your hand at creating your own artwork. An art student will be on hand to provide helpful tips!
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Secret Messages
Use white crayons to create secret messages that only appear after they’ve been painted with water colors, and learn the science behind why it works.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Pendulum Painting
Create an original artwork using a pendulum.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Drawing Circles Around Ants
This activity tests the effectiveness of commercial ant repellent versus common household items and/or natural solutions.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Action-Packed Adaptation
Learn about evolution by natural selection through a fun, activity-based demonstration!
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

Fun with Physics
Can you fit an egg into a bottle? Become a magician using the physics of vacuums.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: Coleman Building

K-9 Demonstration
Meet one of UNCG’s four-legged police officers! A UNCG K-9 dog and his handler will give a demonstration of how the animal has been trained to help human officers search for items, narcotics and more.
Location: College Avenue
Rain Location: In case of rain, this event will be cancelled.

 

School of Education Activities:

Activities in the School of Education will rotate throughout the afternoon, keeping with the theme of each room. Individual activities will be detailed on posters in the School of Education.

Albert Einstein
This crazy-haired scientist once said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Be Einstein-ian and try something new here! 
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 some spacey insights with us!
Location: School of Education Building

Johnson, Jackson and Vaughan
You may have heard of NASA engineers Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan courtesy of the recent movie, “Hidden Figures.” Honor these great women by building a rocket that really flies! 
Location: School of Education Building

Leonardo da Vinci
We’re sure you realize that many scientists also dabble in the arts, right?  Show off your sci-art-tastic abilities!
Location: School of Education Building

Pythagoras
As a Greek philosopher and mathematician, Pythagoras, knew math was uber fun, and we bet you do too!  Explore some mathematical-inspired magic! 
Location: School of Education Building

Tesla vs. Edison
The battle still rages on: who was the ultimate electrical engineer? Zap on in and participate in the Ultimate Circuit Challenge game!
Location: School of Education Building