HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 18, 2021 – One of High Point University’s highly anticipated community events returns this month. Get ready to explore spooky science at HPUniverse Day at the High Point Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
HPUniverse Day: Spooky Science Edition is a free, educational outreach event sponsored by HPU’s Department of Physics. The public is invited to explore space, science and beyond through 20 different learning stations and activities. This year’s event will be held outdoors, rain or shine, at the library at 901 N. Main St.
“We are happy to host the HPUniverse Day: Spooky Science Edition this year,” says Jim Zola, children’s services manager for the High Point Public Library. “The importance of the event is to introduce kids to science in an engaging way that is presented by students at HPU.”
There are lots of activities planned for all ages at HPUniverse Day. Families can make their own comet, explore the HPU Mobile Lab, launch a rocket and check out a thermal camera, and children can wear their Halloween costumes to the event.
HPU students from all majors, faculty, staff and friends from the physics department are volunteering. Dr. Brad Barlow, associate professor of astrophysics and event organizer, hopes this event will inspire the next generation of scientists.
“I am thrilled we can host HPUniverse Day again this year,” says Barlow. “Last year, our department worked hard to provide virtual outreach opportunities to the public during the pandemic, but nothing beats having meaningful, hands-on science experiments to offer children in our community. We are thankful to be able to partner with the High Point Public Library this year to provide safe and effective science demonstrations.”
This year, all participants must register for the event online. The event is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new or lightly used book to the library.
This is the seventh year HPU has hosted HPUniverse Day. Since then, the university has welcomed more than 3,000 people to this event.