Engineering displays and interactive demonstrations proved especially attractive to youngsters among the more than 2,500 people who came to Night of the Open Door at Arizona State University.
The Saturday evening event on March 3, 2012, at ASU’s Tempe campus showcased a broad sampling of the education and research endeavors that are motivating university students and faculty to pursue innovation in everything from the arts and humanities, to engineering, science and environmental sustainability.
ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the Biodesign Institute combined forces to present more than 100 exhibits, performances, presentations and hands-on learning experiences.
In the engineering realm, visitors got a look at the advances in renewable—energy research being made By ASU’s Solar Power Lab and the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies center—along with small-scale demonstrations of solar cells at work.
Engineering students and faculty guided visitors through hands-on learning about wind power technology, roller-coaster car design and the super powers of computing.
Engineering students were also part of the Digital Culture Festival, which explored the melding of arts, media and engineering in development of cutting-edge video, audio, graphics and animation technologies.
Each of the attractions enthralled children and teens throughout an energizing Night of the Open Door.