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

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 18, 2017 –The fourth annual HPUniverse Day will offer an evening for families to explore space, science and beyond on the High Point University campus.

HPU’s Department of Physics will host “HPUniverse Day,” a family-friendly, educational outreach astronomy event, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Couch Hall on campus. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Children of all ages are encouraged to explore topics in astronomy and physics through 20 different learning stations and activities. This year’s activities include hovercraft rides, face painting, a cosmic tour through time, rocket launching, comet making, infrared cameras, super slow motion cameras, crater making, telescope observing (weather permitting), a meet-and-greet with the HPU High Power Rocketry Team, and much more.

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 space-related prize.

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

“The HPU physics department enjoys helping others discover more about the universe, especially children,” 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, and since then we’ve enjoyed hosting over 3,000 people for the event.

HPU student Jonah Winkler (left) and brothers Kyle and James Smith blast a bottle into the air.

HPU alumna Laura Lee (right) shows children a view of space through a telescope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The number of attendees speaks volumes to 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 Couch Hall. For more information, click here.

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