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Engineering Day for Children


Space, Science and Engineering Day Returns to UC Riverside Campus

Children will get a chance to make their own lip gloss, extract DNA from bananas and build bridges with Popsicle sticks Saturday

(April 5, 2010)

Children will get a demonstration of how the Mars Rover works at the Bourns Space Science and Engineering Day on April 10. Photo by Judy Chappell.Enlarge

Children will get a demonstration of how the Mars Rover works at the Bourns Space Science and Engineering Day on April 10. Photo by Judy Chappell.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - (www.ucr.edu) - Children will get a chance to make their own lip gloss, extract DNA from bananas and build bridges with Popsicle sticks Saturday during the 8th annual Bourns Space Science and Engineering Day at UC Riverside.

"The overall concept is to integrate some of the cool stuff in engineering to get the kids interested in the field," said Jun Wang, the professional development officer at the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR.

The event, which is free and runs from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of Engineering Building II, is aimed at children ages 8 to 14. At least 400 children are expected to participate. About 100 UCR engineering students will be volunteering.

Guest speakers are coming from UCR, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California Council on Science and Technology and the Intel Corporation.

There will also more than a dozen activities to keep participants busy.

Youngsters can interact with a model of the Mars Rover and learn about the phases of the moon by eating Oreos. Members of the Riverside Astronomical Society will return with their telescopes to share the joys of star gazing.

Children will learn how to make lip gloss with olive oil, food coloring and shortening. They will also get the chance to extract DNA from bananas using distilled water, soap, salt and rubbing alcohol.

There will also be green-related activities. Children will be able to plant a sunflower or daisy and decorate the pot. And, using a black and white drawing of a person's property, children can color areas that are sustainable living hazards, such as accumulated trash and overuse of water.

The event is sponsored by Bourns Inc., NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Space Grant Consortium,, the Riverside Astronomical Society, the Bourns College of Engineering and the Society of Women Engineers.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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