Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Circuits, Cells, Balloons: It's Time for the Science & Engineering Festival

Circuits, a board game about cellular life, strawberry DNA: these are just some of the fun ingredients on display at booths from the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego at this year's San Diego Science and Engineering Festival Expo Day, March 24 at PETCO Park.

Learn more about this year's festival here. And here are some of the Jacobs School's contributions:

Visitors at the Department of Bioengineering booth will be able to play the Cellular Adventure Game and learn how the body uses unique cues to help immature cells "grow up" and replace damaged cells. At each checkpoint in the game, participants will roll a die to determine the next step in their cellular journey toward a specific type of mature cell (cardiac, neuronal, etc.)

Undergraduate students with IEEE will teach children how to make their own circuits. Children will work with snap circuits--small, low power circuit kits that can be used to build many things. They will also be able to take a look at Seaperch, a remote-controlled underwater robot.

The UC San Diego Near Space Balloon Team, led by aerospace engineering professor John Kosmatka, will show what conditions are like in near space using vacuum tubes. Team members might even run a live feed from a tethered balloon, with a camera that children will be able to control remotely.

The Jacobs Graduate Student Council will teach children about how engineering is involved in their every day lives. They will be able to extract DNA from strawberries, among other activities.

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