p Exploring Your Universe 2012!

Note from the organizers:


The fourth annual Exploring Your Universe event was a huge success! Thanks to participation by the largest number of student groups, departments, and outside volunteers ever, we had approximately 2500 visitors, the most yet! The response to all the activities, demos, talks, and planetarium shows was hugely popular, so thank you to everyone who helped out. And most of all, thank YOU for coming! You can see photos of the event here!

If you would like to know more about our outreach program at UCLA Astronomy Live! then please email us at outreach [at] astro.ucla.edu.

Thank you,
Astronomy Live! Outreach Coordinators

Exploring Your Universe 2012

Get ready for the most exciting day of science all year, the fourth annual Exploring Your Universe! EYU 2012 will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 12 - 5 pm (daytime activities) and 5 - 8 pm (nighttime activites) at UCLA's campus (see Visitor Info link above for general directions and scroll down on this page for a detailed campus map specific to this event). This event is FREE of charge to the public and FAMILY-FRIENDLY!

This year we have even more activities and groups than ever, including outside groups like the STAR Eco Station. We will feature many activities and demonstrations open to the general public (including students), and we have added even more than last year! Activities for all ages include workshops, faculty and graduate student talks, planetarium shows, solar telescope viewing, comet making, weather tours, dinosaur fossils, physics demos and much more!

This event includes participation from Astronomy Live!, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, ESSN, SMACS, Alpha Chi Sigma, BEAM, IEEE, and OSA/SPIE. It is sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA Center for Student Programming, and each of the departments listed above. This event was developed by graduate students, faculty, and staff in each of the these departments.

Exploring Your Universe will still be held even if there is rain. All outdoor activities will be moved into the Math Sciences Building, the Geology Building, and the Physics and Astronomy Building. The Info Booth will be at the Math Sciences Building. So rain or shine plan on coming, but maybe bring an umbrella just in case!

Event Schedule

The primary event will take place in the Court of Sciences with activities and demos at the Physics and Astronomy Building, Mathematical Sciences Building, Geology Building, and near Kinsey Pavilion. You are welcome to come for any or all of the festivities! Feel free to pick workshops and activities you are interested in attending.

Check back to see more!

Astronomy (12:00 - 5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences unless otherwise noted):
- How the Sun works and solar telescope viewing
- Stellar Evolution
- Bottle Rockets
- Comet Making Demo
- Pocket Solar System and Asteroids
- Constellation Detectives
- Discovery methods for finding new worlds beyond our solar system
- Planetarium Shows (Mathematical Sciences 8th floor): Every half hour starting 12:30 pm! Pick up tickets to planetarium at the Information Booth.

Physics (12:00 - 5:00 pm) (Physics and Astronomy Building - PAB):
- See radiation in a Cloud Chamber
- The science behind Optical Illusions
- Discovering the Speed of Sound
-Electricity and Magnetism

Physics Demonstration Shows--2:30 PM and 3:45 PM in PAB 1-425

Earth and Space Sciences (12:00 - 5:00 pm) (Geology Building):
- Spectacular Rock and Mineral Displays 
- Fossil and Fossil Cast Displays 
- Earthquake Education Demonstrations 
- Stalactite Collection on Display 
- Petrified Wood Collection on Display 
- Understanding Fluid Dynamic Systems 
- Understanding Meteorites and MeteorWrongs 
- Making Fossil Casts 

NASA Mission Representation (12:00-5:00 pm) (Geology Building/ Court of Sciences):
- THEMIS: Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/themis/main/index.html
- ARTEMIS: Studying Space Weather - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/artemis/
- Dawn: Investigating the conditions and processes of the solar system's earliest epoch- http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/
- Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment - http://diviner.ucla.edu/
- STEREO: Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory - http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/

CEIN - Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (12:00-5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences):
- What is nanoscience, and what is special about nanoscale science and engineering?
- Hands-on activities for all ages.  Q&A with scientists

Environmental Sciences (12:00-5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences):
-Plant a seed and what it grow at home
-Sustainable Practices
-Solar Power Demo

Chemistry (12:00-5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences):
- Find out how to make a bubble bomb for baths
- Find out what floats on top of what... and what floats on top of that!
- Watch food get frozen with liquid nitrogen
- Eat liquid nitrogen ice cream

Engineering (12:00-5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences):
- Discover microbes using microscopes
- Program robots to obey your command!
- Learn how circuits work

OSA/SPIE (Optical Society of America/The International Society for Optical Engineering)(12:00-5:00 pm) (Court of Sciences):
- Explore how optics work!

Weather Observations and Forecasting or What the Weather Broadcaster Doesn't Tell you
Learn about the tools and techniques that weather forecasters use to make their predictions. These include radar and satellite imagery as well as computer models.

SCIENTIFIC TALKS (located in Kinsey Pavillion):

1:00 - 1:30: Dr. Wes Campbell (Physics)
The Physics of Baseball

2:00 - 2:30: Dr. Lindley Winslow (Physics)
Neutrinos - You can't see them but they're everywhere!

3:00 - 3:30: Dr. Leo Meyer (Astronomy)
The Galactic Center

4:00 - 4:30: Dr. Richard Kaner (Chemistry)
Fun with Plastics

5:00 - 5:30: Dr. David Paige (Earth and Space Sciences)
Ice on Mercury and the Moon


Astronomy (5:00 - 8:00 pm) (Mathematical Sciences 8/9th floor):
- Planetarium Shows (continued)
- Telescopes Viewing (with extra participation from the LA Astronomical Society - TBD

Physics (5:00 - 8:00 pm) (Mathematical Sciences 8/9th floor)
- Shadow Wall
- Light Tunnel

We would like to thank the Groups and Departments involved in Exploring Your Universe 2011: Astronomy Live!, Physics and Astronomy Department, Earth and Space Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, UC CEIN, CNSI High School NanoScience Program, ESSN, SMACS, Alpha Chi Sigma, OSA/SPIE, and BEAM.

Information for Visitors

Purchasing Food:

In the Ackerman Student Union, which is very close to the Court of Sciences, there is food for purchase.

Carl's Jr. -- A Level -- 8:30am - 6pm
Jamba Juice -- A Level -- 11am - 6pm
Kerckhoff Coffee House -- 2nd Floor -- 8am - 6pm
Sbarro -- 1st Floor --10:30am - 6pm
Panda Express -- 1st Floor -- 10:30am - 6pm
Rubio's -- 1st Floor -- 10:30am - 5pm
Rx Candy Store -- 1st Floor -- 11am - 5pm
Wetzel's Pretzels -- 1st Floor -- 11am - 5pm

Driving and Parking Information:

There are several places to park on campus. If you are driving up Hilgard Avenue, turn left at Manning Drive and then right into Lot 2 at the Pay-By-Space parking. In Pay-By-Space parking it is $11 for all day. If you are driving up Westwood Blvd. there is a parking kiosk where you can buy an all day pass for parking in Lot 8 or you can continue past the kiosk and park in the Pay-By-Space in Lot 6.

Exploring Your Universe

Bus Information:

Metro: http://www.metro.net/
       Recommended Routes: # 761, 2/302, 305

Big Blue Bus (Santa Monica): http://www.bigbluebus.com/
       Recommended Routes: # 1, 2, 3, 8, 12

Culver City Bus: http://www.culvercity.org/bus/
       Recommended Routes: # 6

Parking for Non-City Buses:

There is free bus parking available near the Fowler Museum. To reach this designated bus zone, enter campus from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza. Take the first right onto Charles Young Drive and park along the right side of the street, across from the athletic fields.


"Exploring Your Universe 2011"

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