HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 1, 2018 – High Point University welcomed hundreds of families and children to campus for its fifth annual HPUniverse Day on Sept. 29.
Children visited 25 different learning stations and activities that were in Couch Hall and across HPU’s campus. This opportunity provided children of all ages a chance to explore science and space as if they were preparing for a mission to Mars.
“Our goal with this event was to expose Triad families to science in ways they might not have seen before,” said Dr. Brad Barlow, assistant professor of astrophysics at HPU. “If even a single child walked away from our event with a newfound love of science, then the entire event and all the effort that went into it was well worth it.”
The stations at the event included testing rockets for launch, traveling across the “surface of Mars” on a hovercraft and exploring the Martian terrain at night using a thermal camera. In HPU’s new mobile lab, they used microscopes to learn about studying a variety of samples. Other activities included Lego robots, 3D laser scanner and printer, comet making, exoplanet hunting, flame tube, virtual reality, extreme slow-motion camera, crafts and telescope observing.
Nearly 121 HPU professors, students, alumni and local amateur astronomers were on hand to help with the event. The event was sponsored by the Society of Physics Students, the Student Government Association and the Department of Physics.