Night of the Open Door: Hands-On Science Fun for all Ages, Saturday, February 28, 2015, ASU Tempe Campus

Saturday evening, February 28, 2015, from 4 to 9 PM, Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus opens its doors to the public with free events (and parking) featuring the scientific research of ASU’s many departments. Night of the Open Door is a hands-on chance to become acquainted with the many far-ranging and important science being done at ASU.

ASU’s Biodesign Institute, home to some 500 scientists, students and others work on tough societal problems, including studying the cause, diagnosis and treatment of nearly 100 diseases, hands-on activities, games and prizes during Night of the Open Door include:

• “Science trading cards” featuring some of Biodesign’s leading scientists and engage in more than 30 activities, including:

• Donning a space suit, designing an experiment and send it into space.

• Making slime and using a smartphone and seeing how proteins behave in the slime

• Playing a motion-sensitive video game designed by student researchers to role-play saving the planet from pollution

• Watching how plants can make glow-in-the-dark leaves similar to the way they produce disease-fighting proteins for therapies and vaccines, like Biodesign scientists did to make a serum used to fight Ebola

• Observing 3-D printing in action

• Learning how to clean water using bacteria to remove uranium, nitrates and other contaminants

• Measuring fake whale poop to learn what it can tell us about Moby’s stress levels

“Our Biodesign employees truly enjoy this opportunity to show their work,” said Biodesign Executive Director Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D. “If last year’s event is any indication, we expect to welcome about 2,000 children and their families into our building for the day. My hope is that they become entranced by the magic of science and decide to join the next generation of people who will work to make our world a better place.”

The Biodesign Institute at ASU is located at 727 E. Tyler St., ASU Tempe Campus. Major cross streets are Rural Road and University Drive, southwest of the light rail stop at Rural.

You can also follow the evening’s activities on Twitter and Facebook, using #BiodesignOpenDoor and #OpenDoor.