HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 7, 2015 – The High Point University Department of Physics will host “HPUniverse Day,” a family-friendly, educational outreach astronomy event, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Congdon Hall on campus. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
The HPUniverse event will allow families and children of all ages to explore space and science through a series of activities, including water bottle rocket launching, hovercraft rides, comet making, informational presentations and telescope observing (weather permitting). This is the second year that HPU has hosted this event and more than 1,000 attended last year.
There will also be a “meet and greet” station with the HPU students who participated in the NASA’s Micro-g NExT program and recently returned from the Johnson Space Center. They will give a short presentation about their experience and show off the “Chip n Ship” device they created.
Children will be given HPUniverse Day “passports” upon entry and will receive a stamp at each station they visit throughout the evening. When enough stamps are collected, the passport can be redeemed for a prize.
“Everyone can relate to astronomy – who hasn’t ever daydreamed about what might exist in the distant corners of the universe,” says Dr. Brad Barlow, assistant professor of astrophysics and organizer of the event. “This subject is a great tool to get younger generations hooked into STEM fields, whether it be physics, chemistry, biology, engineering or astronomy itself. Our primary goals with HPUniverse Day is to generate enthusiasm for space science and technology in the Triad and to inspire kids to pursue careers in STEM.”
Visitors are encouraged to enter campus through the welcome center at the intersection of Montlieu Avenue and College Drive. Public parking will be available behind Congdon Hall. For more information, click here.