‘HPUniverse Day’ to Offer Science and Space Activities for Families

Stuart Matthews (left), owner of the flight simulator company The Wright Stuff, launches the air rocket with Braedy Thornton (right) at last year’s event.

Stuart Matthews (left), owner of the flight simulator company The Wright Stuff, launches the air rocket with Braedy Thornton (right) at last year’s event.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 16, 2016 – The third annual HPUniverse Day will offer an evening for families to explore space, science and beyond on the High Point University campus.

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. 30 at Congdon Hall on campus. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The event will offer activities for children of all ages, including water bottle rocket launching, hovercraft rides, comet making, short presentations, an extreme slow motion camera and telescope observing (weather permitting). There will also be a meet and greet station with two HPU students who participated in the NASA’s Micro-g NExT program and recently returned from the Johnson Space Center.

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.

 Maddie Brown (left) launches a water bottle rocket during High Point University’s 2015 HPUniverse Day with HPU student Carrie Wilson (center) and HPU student Nick Casle (right).

Maddie Brown (left) launches a water bottle rocket during High Point University’s 2015 HPUniverse Day with HPU student Carrie Wilson (center) and HPU student Nick Casle (right).

Dr. Brad Barlow, assistant professor of astrophysics, says more than 1,000 community members attended last year’s event.

“Our department enjoys helping others discover more about the universe, especially kids,” says Barlow. “We decided to begin this event here at High Point University to share our love of the space sciences with families in the Triad.

“I think the number of attendees speaks volumes about the innate curiosity everyone has about space and the universe as a whole, and we expect at least 1,000 people to show up this year too. From my perspective, if even a single child discovers a newfound love of science because of HPUniverse Day, the entire event was worth it!”

Visitors are encouraged to enter campus through the welcome center at the intersection of Montlieu Avenue and University Parkway. Parking will be available behind Congdon Hall. For more information, click here.

 

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