High Point University hosted its annual HPUniverse Day event, sponsored by the Department of Physics, on Nov. 2. The community event includes 25 different learning stations and activities related to fields of science for children and their families to enjoy.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Date, 2019 – High Point University welcomed nearly 1,200 families to campus for its sixth annual HPUniverse Day on Nov. 2.
HPU professors, students, alumni and local amateur astronomers organized and led the event, which was sponsored by HPU’s Department of Physics.
This year, attendees enjoyed special guest speaker Dr. Benita Bell, a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, through TED-talk style presentations. Bell was awarded a NASA Administrator’s Fellowship position where she served as a NASA Fellow in the Office of Biological and Physical Research at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“I enjoyed that people of all ages came to participate and experience HPUniverse Day,” said Jordan McClung, an HPU senior, who volunteered at the event. “Overall, it was rewarding to see all the kids and visitors engaged and excited about science.”
Children and their families also experienced 25 different learning stations and activities including robotic space rovers, astronomy jeopardy, a gravity gym, experiments in the HPU Mobile Lab, hovercraft rides and much more. This year, new activities included stomp rockets, chemistry demonstrations and planetarium shows held in the new Culp Planetarium.
“This was our sixth year hosting HPUniverse Day,” said Dr. Brad Barlow, director of the Culp Planetarium and associate professor of astrophysics. “Last year, we had around 600 people in attendance. Since its inception, nearly 4,000 visitors from the Triad have experienced HPUniverse Day. The event has also become a major attractor for alumni to come back and visit with us, which is always nice to see.”