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Cool Science Carnival Day

We are well underway in scheduling for the 2016 Cool Science Carnival Day at UCCS, this is not the final list so check back often!

Remember to mark your calendar for Oct 8, 2016!


University of Colorado Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway


Welcome to the most fun you have ever had with Science! The Cool Science Carnival Day at UCCS is a day full of activities that the entire family can enjoy, this year on Oct 8, 2016, from 10am - 4:30pm.


Shows and Times


Cool Science Chemistry Magic Show Centennial Rm 203, 11:30-12:15 & 1:30-2:15

Come watch, and participate, in a fun chemistry magic show with the classic demonstrations you love presented by Cool Science’s own co-founder, USAFA Chemistry Professor and real Rocket Scientist, Dr. Ron Furstenau.

Mars Exploration and Findings Centennial Rm 203, 12:30-1:15 & 3:30-4:15

Explore our solar system with recent discoveries and mission updates presented by Jim Paradise,     NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.  Jim will share a fun, interactive tour of the solar system for kids of all ages. 

The Explosion Show! University Center Upper Plaza Stage, 10:30-11:15 & 2:30-3:15

Most everyone gets a bang out of exposions, especially kids.  Join Dr. Lori Bogren, Researcher at the Anshutz Medical Campus, for the excitement!  Lots to see, and hear, including Screaming Gummy Bears many Gummy Bears will be injured during the making of this show, hey they are only sugar)

Physics is “Phun"! University Center Rm. 302, 10:15-11:15, 11:30-12:30, 1:30-2:30, 2:45-3:45

Faculty and cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy will present more than 15 physics demonstrations, many of them hands-on. The demonstrations will use everyday objects to delve into the scientific principles underlying electricity, magnetism, rotational motion, and air pressure.  Finally, the most daring audience participants can experiment with a Leyden jar which carries a small amount of electric charge. The results can be shocking, and phun. 

SkyFox21 News Drone Flight Demonstration El Pomar Plaza, 1:00-1:30

SKYFOX21 is the first federally-sanctioned drone aircraft cleared for media use in the state of Colorado.  Join its Commercial Pilot and Handler, Josh Kimmel for a discussion and short flight demonstration.

UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art - GOCA 2nd Floor Centennial Hall, 10:00 - 4:30

Come and view their current interactive exhibit designed by Michael Theodore, an artist, inventor, musician, programmer, and educator.  Michael Theodore has created a monumental kinetic light and sound reactive exhibit in the UCCS gallery located on the 2nd floor of Centennial Hall.  For more information please visit And the artist’s website:

Lab Tours and Times


SumoBots Sumo Wrestling Robots!Engineering (ENG building) Rm 230, 10:00 - 4:30

Two Lego EV3 Bots will face off in the Robot bullpen. Their objective is to slam the other Robot into the wall. We will also demonstrate the program language used, along with the algorithm and answer any question about the UCCS robotics programs. 

Electronics Research Engineering (ENG building) Rm 229, 10:00 - 4:30

Come by and visit an engineering lab and see what students have been up to with today’s electronics research.

Hyperloop Prototype Engineering (ENG building) East Wing, 10:00 - 4:30 demo every 30 min.

While the idea of traveling through evacuated tubes can be traced back as early as mid-20th century, it has     found new life after Elon Musk and SpaceX have proposed a practical implementation in the famous Alpha     Model dated June 2013. Come and view the prototype developed by a joint team of UCCS and USAFA           (HyperFalcos) students as part of the Hyperloop Pod Competition that took place in Jan 2016. For more           info – visit


UCCS Biology Lab Tour Osborne Center Rm B310, Drop in 11:00 - 3:00

Turning ON genes: Discover the Mechanism of Gene Regulation in Bacteria


UCCS Biology Lab Tour Osborne Center Rm B314, Drop in 11:00 - 3:00  

Blueprint of Life DNA: it tells our cells what to do and makes us who we are.  Join this workshop to extract and view Strawberry DNA.

Human Performance Lab Tour Osborne Rm B305, times TBD  

Come and use equipment that UCCS Biology researchers use every day.  What does your skin cells or hair look like when viewed under a high powered microscope?  Biology is the study of not only the human body, but all living things, come and learn more about the world we live in from the experts that study it every day.

BioFrontiers Lab Tour meet at Osborne Center Main Lobby, tours start at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, and 12:30

Tour the research labs of the BioFrontiers Center. Families and kids will get a chance to see and play with equipment such as a scanning electron microscope. We talk (low level) about the kinds of things we study and are trying to learn. 

·        Scanning Electron Microscope – What’s in a penny?​
·        Powering medical device by breathing – eliminating batteries for pacemakers​​
.        Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Looking into fruit and brains
·        Nanomaterial Applications – Carrying drugs with small magnets
·        3-D Microscopy - Use of imaging microscope to study live-cells and other microscopic                         structures (three dimensional) 


Foucault Pendulum Osborne Center Main Lobby, Drop in 10:00-11:30

Hear Dr. Tom Christensen discuss the Physics and Art of this facinating pendulum that demonstrates the rotation of the earth.


Carnival Day Activity Booths

We are still accepting additional Exhibitors and Activities so watch this space for updates.

You will be provided a full brochure with map on Carnival Day at any Registration Tent.

Organization Name


Aerospace Employee's Radio Organization (AEØRO)

Amateur Radio

After School University

Math, Science, Computer Education

Amber Talbott

Oobleck Lab Chemistry

American Numismatic Association

Science of Money

American Society of Non-destructive Testing (ASNT)

Defect Detection

BioFrontiers Center

Use a scanning electron microscope

Blue Skies Exploration Academy


Pat Sullivan

Gravity Lab

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

Limestone Cave Formation


CaveSim crawl through

Challenger Learning Center of Colorado

SeaPerch ROV

Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project

Timmy Telescope

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Animals, of course

Children's Hospital Colorado COS


Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology

Microscopes and Parasites

Colorado Geographic Alliance

Giant Map of Colorado

Colorado Springs Astronomical Society

Safe Viewing of the Sun

Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron - Civil Air Patrol

Paper Rocket Launchers

Colorado Springs FD HazMat Team

Hazmat Response

Colorado Springs Rocket Society (COSROCS)

Build a flying model rocket

Colorado Springs Science Center

Sound Lab

Colorado Springs Utilities

Mobile solar unit

Coronado High School Robotics Team

Drive a First Robotics Competition Robot

Dinosaur Resource Center

Dinosaurs and the Cretaceous Period

Florissant Fossil Beds

Find a Fossil activity

GOCA (Galleries of Contemporary Art)

Monumental Interactive Kinetic Sculpture

Hyperloop Prototype

Hyperloop Drive USAFA & UCCS


Mini Wind Tunnel

Keysight Technologies

Logic Games and Computer Kits

Lindsay Etchegaray

Magnet Lab

Lockheed Martin

Human Powered Rocket Sled

Pebble Pups

World of Fossils through Microscopes

Pikes Peak Farm to School

Fruit & Vegetable ID Game

Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair

Science Fair Winners


Pikes Peak Soaring Society

BIG RC Electric Airplanes and Quadcopters

Rocky Mountain Robotics, FIRST Team 662

Drive a First Robotics Competition Robot

Science Matters

Learn about Polymers

Southeastern Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SECRES)

Renewable Energy Education

UCCS Pre-Health Society

Make Rock Candy to take Home


Hands-on science activities for all ages


Environmental Game and Info


Drive a Robot, Make a Bridge

Usborne Books & More

STEM books for young readers

Vincent Deloso

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