Get ready for the most exciting day of science all year, the fourth annual Exploring Your Universe! EYU 2012 will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 12 - 5 pm (daytime activities) and 5 - 8 pm (nighttime activites) at UCLA's campus. This event is FREE of charge to the public and FAMILY-FRIENDLY!
This year there will be more activities and groups than ever, including outside groups like the STAR Eco Station with many activities and demonstrations open to the general public (including students) including workshops, faculty and graduate student talks, planetarium shows, solar telescope viewing, comet making, weather tours, dinosaur fossils, physics demos and much more!
This event will be held RAIN OR SHINE! In the event of rain, all outdoor activities will be moved into the Math Sciences Building, the Geology Building, and the Physics and Astronomy Building. The Info Booth will be at the Math Sciences Building. So rain or shine plan on coming, but maybe bring an umbrella just in case!
Activities are planned for the Court of Sciences with activities and demos at the Physics and Astronomy Building, Mathematical Sciences Building, Geology Building, and near Kinsey Pavilion. You are welcome to come for any or all of the festivities! Feel free to pick workshops and activities you are interested in attending.
DAYTIME ACTIVITIES (partial listing):
Astronomy (12:00 - 5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences unless otherwise noted):
- How the Sun works and solar telescope viewing
- Stellar Evolution
- Bottle Rockets
- Comet Making Demo
- Pocket Solar System and Asteroids
- Constellation Detectives
- Discovery methods for finding new worlds beyond our solar system
- Planetarium Shows (Mathematical Sciences 8th floor): Every half hour starting 12:30 pm! Pick up tickets to planetarium at the Information Booth.
Physics (12:00 - 5:00 pm) (Physics and Astronomy Building - PAB):
- See radiation in a Cloud Chamber
- The science behind Optical Illusions
- Discovering the Speed of Sound
-Electricity and Magnetism
Physics Demonstration Shows--2:30 PM and 3:45 PM in PAB 1-425
Earth and Space Sciences (12:00 - 5:00 pm) (Geology Building):
- Spectacular Rock and Mineral Displays
- Fossil and Fossil Cast Displays
- Earthquake Education Demonstrations
- Stalactite Collection on Display
- Petrified Wood Collection on Display
- Understanding Fluid Dynamic Systems
- Understanding Meteorites and MeteorWrongs. Touch and see different kinds of meteorites
- Making Fossil Casts
NASA Mission Representation (12:00-5:00 pm) (Geology Building/ Court of Sciences):
- THEMIS: Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/themis/main/index.html
- ARTEMIS: Studying Space Weather - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/artemis/
- Dawn: Investigating the conditions and processes of the solar system's earliest epoch- http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/
- Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment - http://diviner.ucla.edu/
- STEREO: Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory - http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/
CEIN - Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (12:00-5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences):
- What is nanoscience, and what is special about nanoscale science and engineering?
- Hands-on activities for all ages. Q&A with scientists
Environmental Sciences (12:00-5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences):
-Plant a seed and what it grow at home
-Solar Power Demo
Chemistry (12:00-5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences):
- Find out how to make a bubble bomb for baths
- Find out what floats on top of what... and what floats on top of that!
- Watch food get frozen with liquid nitrogen
- Eat liquid nitrogen ice cream
Engineering (12:00-5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences):
- Discover microbes using microscopes
- Program robots to obey your command!
- Learn how circuits work
OSA/SPIE (Optical Society of America/The International Society for Optical Engineering)(12:00-5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences):
- Explore how optics work!
ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC SCIENCES PRESENTATION (Located in Kinsey Pavillion, 1 PM and 2:30 PM):
Weather Observations and Forecasting or What the Weather Broadcaster Doesn't Tell you
Learn about the tools and techniques that weather forecasters use to make their predictions. These include radar and satellite imagery as well as computer models.
SCIENTIFIC TALKS (located in Kinsey Pavillion):
1:00 - 1:30: Dr. Wes Campbell (Physics)
The Physics of Baseball
2:00 - 2:30: Dr. Lindley Winslow (Physics)
Neutrinos - You can't see them but they're everywhere!
3:00 - 3:30: Dr. Leo Meyer (Astronomy)
The Galactic Center
4:00 - 4:30: Dr. Richard Kaner (Chemistry)
Fun with Plastics
5:00 - 5:30: Dr. David Paige (Earth and Space Sciences)
Ice on Mercury and the Moon
Astronomy (5:00 - 8:00 pm) (Mathematical Sciences 8/9th floor):
- Planetarium Shows (continued)
- Telescopes Viewing (with extra participation from the LA Astronomical Society - TBD
Physics (5:00 - 8:00 pm) (Mathematical Sciences 8/9th floor)
- Shadow Wall
- Light Tunnel
This event includes participation from Astronomy Live!, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, ESSN, SMACS, Alpha Chi Sigma, BEAM, IEEE, and OSA/SPIE. It is sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA Center for Student Programming, and each of the departments listed above. This event was developed by graduate students, faculty, and staff in each of the these departments.