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Join the fun at Engineering and Science Festival at Boise State

By Erin Fenner

efenner@idahostatesman.com

Coordinators for the Engineering and Science Festival anticipate thousands of people will participate in their long list of kid-friendly STEM activities.
Coordinators for the Engineering and Science Festival anticipate thousands of people will participate in their long list of kid-friendly STEM activities.

The 12th annual Engineering and Science Festival at Boise State University is listed as K-12, but if you have any inkling of appreciation for engineering and science, regardless of age, you’ll probably want to check this out on Saturday, Feb. 6. About 5,000 future STEM-ers attended last year’s event, and coordinator Leandra Aburusa anticipates it’ll be packed this year, too. Here are highlights:

  • The Reuseum will be leading a workshop teaching kids how to build “BristleBots” which are just as adorable and cool as they sound. Participants will make mini-robots out of old toothbrushes and get to take them home. Build your up-cycled bot in the Student Union Building’s Bergquist Lounge.
  • Check out some scientifically explained explosions outside the Environmental Research Building at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
  • Put on goggles to venture into a brave new virtual world. The Boise State Space Broncos are hosting a demo of virtual reality game engine called Unreal Engine.
  • Meet astronaut Steve Swanson at 10 a.m. in the Simplot Ballroom in the SUB. Before he retired, Swanson flew two shuttle flights and launched to the International Space Station. Unsurprisingly, his interactive lecture will focus mostly on space.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, various venues on the Boise State University campus (BSU Engineering, Student Union Building, Micron Engineering Center, Civil Engineering Building and the Environmental Research Building). Free, but coordinators request you register online. coen.boisestate.edu/STEMExploration

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