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Cool Science Carnival Day at UCCS - Saturday, October 13, 2012

Part of the 2012 Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival.

The full 2012 CSCSF program was in the October 3rd Colorado Springs Independent, or download it (880 KB PDF)
You can also download our festival poster/flyer (2.6 MB PDF)

*** Download the Carnival Day Program (1.4MB PDF same as we'll hand out that day) ***

*** Check back often as this page is updated frequently (last update 12-Oct) ***


It's Cool Science Carnival time again! Come find out how much fun science, math and engineering really is. To kick of the 2012 CSCSF we're once again taking over most of the UCCS campus and pulling together dozens of companies, schools, clubs, nonprofits, government agencies, museums and other organizations from across the state to provide a day-long slew of fun, science related activities. We'll be presenting a line-up of more than 20 live science shows, workshops and performances throughout the day, and over 100 hands-on science activity stations, including several presented by Cool Science. Most activities are intended for students ages 8-15, but there will be fun for all ages.

*** We still need volunteers to help with the carnival and other festival events***
Find out more about how you can help.


When: Saturday, October 13th, 9 AM to 4 PM (Activity Stations open 10 - 3 only)

Where: UCCS (1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway), in and around the University Center, the Science & Engineering building, the Engineering & Applied Science building, Dwire Hall, Centennial Hall and Gallogly Events Center (Festival map coming soon, here's an interactive campus map), directions to UCCS)

** Note: The campus parking lots fill up, so we'll have overflow parking on Nevada Ave. (across from the University Center Shopping Plaza) with free shuttle bus service to and from the Main Campus **
Download the Overflow Parking Map

Look for our "wayfinders" (walking signs) wearing bright pink festival T-shirts to help you find the show or activity you're looking for.

WHY: Because science is fun!

Target Audience: Primarily for 2nd-8th grade students, but plenty of activities for all ages!

Please register: Go to the official 2012 CSCSF website or directly to our Ticketbud ticket page and register to speed up your entry into the Carnival Day, and if you can, please consider a $10/family donation to help us keep this wonderfull community event going strong and free for all!


Absolutely FREE and Lots of FUN for all!


Get our brand new Cool Science T-shirt designed by local artist Corbin Hillam ($15 youth, $20 adult) to support Cool Science programs throughout the year, and help us keep Carnival Day free!


Kids- download a copy of our new design that you can color any way you like!


Live Demonstration Shows, Workshops and Performances (9 am - 4 pm):

Show and workshow tickets available at any festival registration desk.

9:00 -9:45 am — Black’s Magic Productions — “The Science of Magic.” Watch award-winning magician Bruce Black amaze and amuse you, then learn the science behind some simple tricks that you can perform yourself! (Centennial 203)

10:30 -11:30 am, Noon - 1:00 pm, 3:00 - 4:00 pm — Cool Science Chemistry Magic Show — "The Magic of Chemistry." Come watch- and participate- in a fun chemistry magic show with all the classic demonstrations you love presented by Cool Science’s own co-founder, USAFA Chemistry Professor and real Rocket Scientist, Dr. Ron Furstenau. (Centennial 203)

9:30 - 10:30 am, 2:30 - 3:30 pm — Ormao Dance Company/Mathtastic! — "Dancing with Mathematics" is an exciting, participatory performance that investigates math concepts using music, movement and a curious collection of everyday objects. (University Center Upper Plaza)

10:00 -11:00 am, Noon - 1:00 pm, 2:00 - 3:00 pm – USAFA "Physics is Phun!" — Demonstrations explore what happens when matter is exposed to liquid nitrogen at -300 degrees Fahrenheit, how we can create lightning in a classroom, what it feels like to be an electrical wire, how magnetism can make metal rings "jump" and lights glow without having to be plugged in, and using heat to play musical pipes and crush soda cans. (University Center 302)

1:30 - 2:30 pm – Jim Paradise, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador — "Exploring Our Solar System and Beyond with Mission Updates and Recent Discoveries" A fun, interactive tour of the solar system for kids of all ages. (Centennial 203)

11:00 am - Noon, 1:30 - 2:30 pm – Play-Well TEKnologies — "Be an Aerospace Engineer with LEGO." Try your hands at a couple cool aerospace engineering workshops to build LEGO airplanes, one for 5-7 years (1:30 pm) and the other for 8-11 (11 am). (University Center 116)

10:00 - 10:45 am, 11:00 - 11:45 am, 1:00 - 1:45 pm, 2:00 - 2:45 pm – SLAM Lab w/Jeff Lewis — Sound Lab and Audio Mayhem (SLAM) is a workshop where participants get to interactively explore sound through demonstration and hands-on experimentation with home made 'garbage' band instruments. The characteristics of sound will be explored through acoustic, electrical and digital demonstrations. Uses and applications beyond the obvious (music) will be illustrated. Plan to participate and be loud! (OCSE B216)

11:00, 11:30 am, Noon, 1:30, 2:00. 2:30 pm– Carlos Maldonado, Chamber for Atmospheric and Orbital Space Simulation (ChAOSS) Lab Demonstration — Tour our new space simulation facility to study the combined effects of multiple space environment elemnts that will have the ability to accurately simulate a wide range of orbital and solar conditions that spacecraft will encounter. (Meet at OCSE Pendulum Atrium)

10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 am, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 pm – UCCS Fort Carson Education Center — Come visit a Chemistry lab and see all the apparatus used in many different experiments. You can also test the pH of common household products using something you can grow in your own backyard. Stop by and bring lots of questions. (meet on the UC Upper Plaza next to the Ice Cream station- and have some!)


Hands-on Science Carnival Activity Stations (10 am - 3 pm):

Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning — What if you fed your brain everything it needs? Come and make a brain hat with us and learn about the regions in your brain that control your thoughts and skills.

After School University

  1. Laser Optics: Learn about refraction, reflection, mirror images, virtual images, and more with laser pointers to understand the theories behind mirrors, glasses, and other optics you encounter every day.
  2. Computer Science: Explore the inner workings of an "alarm clock" programmed by ASU students using computer programming language. You will be able to set the clock, set the alarm, and use other computer commands to manipulate the "clock" in this enjoyable activity.

AgentSheets, Inc. — Have you ever wondered what goes into video game programming? Have you ever wanted to create your own video game? " AgentCubes" software allows kids (10 and older) to create their own 3D video games using our rapid 2D to 3D transformation tools and our powerful visual programming language! No prior programming experience is necessary! Come give it a try yourself!

Agilent Technologies and Lewis-Palmer High School

  1. Genetics: Extract a sample of your own DNA to wear as a keepsake necklace!
  2. Electricity/Magnetism (through Agilent After School Kits): Play the Steady Hand Game – Keep from touching the wire as you work your way around this puzzle. Fail, and you set off a light.
  3. What is an Oscilloscope? Use an oscilloscope to measure everyday signals and electronics.

Atmel Corporation — Learn about Silicon and integrated circuits, and see many of the ways they are used in stuff you see every day.

American Numismatic Association — Learn about some of the methods the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing uses to deter counterfeiters and keep our money legitimate. Closely examine real money using magnets, UV lights, and magnifying glasses to spot the anti-counterfeiting measures, and see some examples of how counterfeiters try to get away with it.

Blue Skies Exploration Academy — Slime Time-come see how everyday materials become giant polymor chains and use them to gross out your friends and family!

Buell Children’s Museum/Sangre de Cristo Arts Center — Enjoy our "Imagination Playground", a breakthrough playspace with giant foam blocks, mats, fabric, balls and the creative potential to play, build, and explore endless possibilities. The first public playground of it's kind in Colorado.

Butterfly Pavillion — Meet Rosie and her friends and learn about creepy crawlers from all over the world!

Catamount Institute — Come and see our flowing model of the Colorado River and it's journey toward the sea. Try to float your own raft from source to sea and learn about the river and its issues along the way. Will you make it all the way?

Cave of the Winds — Learn how caves are formed in our Geo Lab.

CaveSim — Go caving! Come crawl through CaveSim, a super-realistic cave obstacle course with video-game style computer scoring. Will you be able to make it through the twisting passage without bumping the cave formations?

Challenger Learning Center of Colorado — Come and drive our Sea Perch ROV's (Remot Operated Vehicles) to explore an underwater environment, navigate around underwater obstacles, or even race against another rover. Do you have the right stuff to be an ROV engineer?

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo — We'lll have live animals and biofacts that everyone can learn about! These animals include snakes, amphibians, athropods, and even some mammals!

CityROCK — Learn about the real science in rock climbing.

Civil Air Patrol, Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron — Build your own paper rocket, then launch it using compressed air to compete with other budding rocket scientists for distance and accuracy.

Cochlear Americas — "Hear Without Your Ears" as we demonstrate hearing through bone conduction with our Baha implantable hearing solution for single sided deafness and conductive and mixed hearing loss.

Colorado College Cool Science Club — Learn how scientists identify metals by igniting them.

Colorado College Psychology Dept. — Explore how you sense and think through illusions and brain puzzles, see different types of animal brains, and even touch a real human brain.

Colorado School for the Deaf & Blind[Note- Morning Only] Our students will teach you to make your own paper helicopter.

Colorado School of Mines (Bechtel Educational Excellence Initiative) — Programmable LEGO robots, renewable energy activities and Plinko! Come see how much fun science and engineering can be.

Colorado Neurological Institute — Challenge your brain and learn about some important brain functions to make you "Just Brain Brilliant!" You can become a Stroke Hero by recognizing the symptoms of a stroke or brain attack! We will also have a "Balance and the Brain program" to learn what body systems contribute to your balance, how you can challenge your balance, and what you can do to improve your balance!

Colorado Parks and Wildlife — Come learn about local native Colorado wildlife that makes Colorado a great place to live with displays and collect kid's trading cards. Also learn how to view wildlife safely and how to coexist with wildlife.

Colorado Springs Astronomical Society — Want to view the sun up close? We will have special telescopes setup to view the sun, and maybe Venus as well. Come talk about all things astronomy!

Colorado Springs Fire Department- HAZMAT Team — Explore a real fire truck and learn about how the CSFD handles hazardous materials emergencies.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum — Learn about our upcoming exhibit "To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA" which examines the history of Apollo X and the Peanuts characters' roles in that flight and in the NASA Manned Flight Awareness Program. Join us to create special space crafts and learn more about this exciting new exhibit and the community programs the Museum will offer.

Colorado Springs Rocket Society (COSROCS) / Estes Rockets — Do you enjoy making things? If you do, you'll have a blast making your own Estes model rocket. You'll also get to launch several of our air powered rockets.

Colorado Springs Utilities

  1. Would you like to turn water into snow in warm weather? How about make a cloud inside a bottle? Have you ever tried suspending water upside down? What if you could really walk on water? Experience some amazing properties of water while you learn where Colorado Springs' water comes from.
  2. Touch the feathers and talons of a hawk and owl to understand how their physiology is specially adapted to their style of hunting. Learn why these graceful hunters are important to our ecosystem..
  3. Electric Safety and You- an interactive demonstration of overhead and underground electricity distribution systems.

Colorado State University- Pueblo College of Math & Science[Note- Morning Only] Mathemagic! Mathematically-based magic tricks for all ages.

Colorado State University Extension (4H)[Note- Afternoon Only] Learn about 4-H with the National Youth Science Day experiment, Ecobots. Try your hand at cleaning up a "toxic spill" with remotely-controlled. Ecobots. More information here.

Cool Science — One of our all-time favorites: gooey, slimey instant worms!

Cool Science & USAFA Prep School — How many ways can you demonstrate science with a simple ping-pong ball? Here are several that you can try out at our MEGA Ping-Pong Ball booth:

  1. Make a PPB float and fly in the air with just a bendy straw.
  2. Can you make a PPB sit and spin in the center of a cup of water?
  3. How can you fix a crushed PPB?
  4. Make a PPB bounce over your head by simply dropping it on the ground.
  5. Turn a PPB into a rocket spinning at over 1000 revolutions per minute.
  6. Demonstrate cool momentum transfer with a PPB and a golf ball.
  7. Bury a PPB in the sand- what happens to it in an earthquake?
  8. Suck a PPB into a funnel by trying to blow it out.
  9. Learn to throw a curve with a PPB.
  10. Can you really stand on PPB's without crushing them?
  11. Can you move a PPB from one cup into another without touching the ball or the cups?
  12. Can you push a PPB under water without touching it?
  13. Watch us shoot a PPB through a metal can.
  14. Can you create a cool PPB demo we haven't thought of? Bring it with you to the Carnival!

CoPIRG Energy Service Corps– Play games to learn about recycling, CF light bulbs and household energy use.

Cougars Gone Wired FIRST Team 2996 — Come drive "FDR" the Coronado High School D-11 basketball playing robot through an obsticle course and try to make a basket. Try your robot driving skills and become excited about the possibilities of a strong STEM education in high school.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science — All ages are welcome to design,build, and launch their own rockets in a free flowing environment. Museum educators will guide you in rocket science basics and prepare you for blast off!

Destination Imagination Colorado — How far can ducks fly? Come create your own simple "Duck Tossing" machines that will launch and capture rubber ducks.

Downtown Aquarium (Denver) / Deep Blue Sea Foundation — How can water be sticky? Learn about the properties of the water molecule and how adhesion and cohesion make water "sticky." See how many drops of water you can fit on a penny and learn how fish are able to live in a "sticky " substance.

Engineers Without Borders — What if you lived someplace that had no clean water? Learn how to filter water so that you can drink it.

Florissant Fossil Beds NM / Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society / Lake George Gem & Mineral Club / Pikes Peak Pebble Pups — Work with a fossil excavation; learn general paleontological methods; reconstruct ancient ecosystems and paleo climates from the fossil record; explore the Ice Age and work with Ice Age fossils: reconstruct Milo the Florissant mammoth, discover how species are determined in paleontology, and learn forever the scientific method. Work with technology to obtain microphotographs using a digital microscope and obtain scientific photographs of larger specimens. Learn planetary geology--look at meteorites and view a video on the Mars Curiosity rover that landed last month and the geological structures and mysteries it found. Examine rocks associated with plate tectonics and subducting slabs deep into the Earth, and explore careers in Earth science and much, much more.

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center -- Touch and feel real animal pelts, skulls, antlers and horns, then learn to bark and howl like a coyote or gobble like a turkey.

Indigo Mountain Nature Center -- Learn about a Bear's life as we take you through the annual cycle of black bear activity. Investigate a bear den, watch a bear and her cubs and learn how their bodies change throughout the year.

Keystone Science School -- Touch the skulls and pelts from a real black bear, elk and porcupine, and learn to identy scat and tracks from these animals.

Heuser Chiropractic — Get a free chiropractic massage and learn about how your spine works.

Imagination Celebration — "Deductive Reasoning - Intuition - Imagination": Try to identify three separate items in three closed boxes. Then either draw an object or invention incorporating the three objects or use the name of all three objects in an inventive sentence. Those that accomplish this receive a reward.

KRCC Radio & Cool Science — Play with sound and waves. Rub the handles of our special bowl and splash water over a foot into the air!

Lockheed Martin Space Systems — Ride a rocket sled powered by human rocket "fuel". How far can you go?

Manitou Springs FIRST Robotics Team — Practice driving our real robot to play a game, and learn about how we compete with teams from all over the world.

May Natural History Museum — Lots of BIG bugs!

Mile High Bug Club — More bugs! Will you touch the creepy crawly arthropods?

Mindstorms Maniacs (FIRST LEGO League) — Come watch as the Mindstorms Maniacs demonstrate how to build and program a robot made from LEGO parts through an obstacle course designed to show how science and technology can help senior citizens in our communities.

Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo — Meet live raptors: hawks, falcons, owls, eagles and vulturesl. Have an up close and personal encounter with live birds of prey while learning interesting facts in a safe and fun environment.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — Learn about weather, climate and oceans- and make your own origami sea turtle.

Northrop Grumman Corporation — Meet SAdIE, our conversational, adaptable, intelligent entity, and learn about the science and engineering behind many of NGC's products.

Palmer High School Chemistry Club & Cool Science — Make and eat your own real ice cream using a liquid (nitrogen)that boils at 321 degrees below zero!

Peterson Air Force Base (21 MDG Medical Maintenance) — Use electronic equipment to test and repair real medical instruments and learn how they work.

Pikes Peak Chapter American Red Cross — Spin the "Disaster Wheel" and learn about emergency preparedness.

Pike’s Peak RC Club — Check out real radio-controlled model airplanes and helicopters.

Pike’s Peak Regional Science Fair — Students will present their research projects from the recent Science Fair. Come get an idea of what student research is possible and learn how you can get involved!

Pikes Peak Soaring Society — Come get a close look at real radio-controlled electric airplanes and try your hand at flying one on a computer flight simulator.

Play-Well TEKnologies — Between workshops (see schedule above) you can try your hands at a couple cool aerospace engineering projects - with 100,000 LEGO pieces!

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center — Come and see what the Cretaceous Period was all about: touch a dinosaur tooth, claw and skull; take a picture with our dinosaur; play a dinosaur bean bag game; make rubbings of different dinosaurs to take home; ask questions and learn all about what dinosaurs, marine reptiles and flying reptiles ate and what they did.

Rocky Mountain PBS — Take part in our sensory experiment and have your photo taken with one of our famous kid's characters.

Rocky Mountain Robotics FIRST Team 662 — Come see our robot Apollo as it plays basketball and balances itself on a balance beam. Apollo was built by D-20 high school students and won two creative design awards.

Science Matters in America — Come play with a real trebuchet and launch sponge bombs filled with water! Learn how the trebuchet works and perhaps how to make one of your own.

Simply Kids Dental — Fun hands on adventure in tooth erosion andsee how acids affect teeth!

SkyVenture Colorado — Learn about human flight aerodynamics and wind tunnels and make a beach ball fly!

Slim Rail Model Railroad Club — Come see highly detailed models of narrow gauge trains and learn how to make them and the digital electronics that conrtrol them.

Space Foundation — View real sun spots with our special telescopes.

TESLA Colorado Springs Steampunk — Learn what Victorian-age science was like from our costumed members and marvel at our giant Van de Graaf generator.

The Traveling Sea — "What's for dinner? Try your skills at fishing for a seafood "dinner" in our mini-oceans. How is seafood caught? What types of nets and technology are used? What is bycatch? After you are done fishing, discover what types of seafood to avoid eating and why. Choosing "sustainable" seafood is one important way you can help protect the oceans even while living in Colorado.

UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art — Experience the monumental "RAIN MACHINE" created by artist Eric Tillinghas, an energizing, evocative marvel of simple water engineering. "RAIN MACHINE" inspires thought on systems, art, and most importantly water.

UCCS Mathematics Center

  1. Russian Finger Math – a kinesthetic way to learn and remember the multiplication tables 6′s through 10′s.
  2. Origami – build a few simple origami animals and learn the math behind them.
  3. Rubik’s Cube Fun – learn some basic moves, race the math tutor for prizes.
  4. Paper Airplanes – learn the science of flight.
  5. Soap Bubbles -math can be slippery too.

UCCS Physics — Come and see our Fusor, essentially a tabletop "sun" and learn how inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) fusion energy works, and may someday provide all the power we'll need.

UCCS Student Members of the American Chemical Society — See what happens when we use liquid nitrogen at 321 degrees below zero to freeze some common objects.

University of Colorado (Boulder) Science Discovery — "The World of Waves", a variety of waves-related interactive technologies from this year's Science Explorers Program (an all day teacher/student workshop) . We will have thermal imaging, an LCD display, a computer & leads so learners can see their own ECG, a set of interactive displays with fiber optic and wireless technology, and a series of Pulse Oximeters and an inquiry activity that goes with them.

University of Colorado (Denver) Skaggs School of Pharmacy — What are microbes? Where are they found? Can i see microbes? What do microbes do? How do microbes relate to Pharmacy? Visit our fun display and better understand microbes and learn which microbes can be treated with antibiotics and which require time, water, and rest.

USAFA Cycling Team — Hands-on demonstrations of the science that makes mountain and road bikes work- gears, gyroscopes, power, aerodynamics and much more.

USAFA Dept. of Astronautics — Real rocket science!

USAFA "Physics in Phun" — Play with many of the science demonstrations used in their live show (see the show description above).

USAFA STEM Club — Drive an interactive explosive ordnance disposal robot, build a balsa wood glider and more! Come learn about aeronautics and astronautics with the USAFA cadets!

US Antarctic Program — Try on extreme cold weather clothing.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — Environmental science and games.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry — What's Mined is Yours- if you can't grow it, it must be mined! See how rocks and minerals are used to build you house, learn how your cell phone is powered by coal, and extract the iron particles from your breakfast cereal – that's right mining even helps to make the food you eat!


If your organization would like to participate, or you know of another group we should invite, contact marc@coolscience.org


For more science fun throughout the year, check back after the festival for a calendar of science-related programs and events hosted by Cool Science and many of the organizations participating in this year's festival!


Download the full 2012 CSCSF Program (from the CS Independent)(880 KB PDF)



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