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Robotics, Other Emerging Technology to be Explored by High School Students Feb. 9 at UCR


Robotics, Other Emerging Technology to be Explored by High School Students Feb. 9 at UCR

(January 31, 2000)

High school students from Riverside and San Bernardino counties will visit a "bug petting zoo" and explore the unique properties of superconducting materials as part of Bourns Science and Engineering Day scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the University of California, Riverside.

The event - "Keeping Up with Technology" - is intended to heighten students' interest in science and in higher education, as well as demonstrate the importance of science and technology in modern society. It will involve about 250 students from more than 20 schools.

The day will begin with an 8:45 a.m. presentation by Gordon Bourns, president of Riverside-based Bourns, Inc., a worldwide manufacturer of a variety of electronic components that can be found in such products as automobiles, cellular telephones, notebook computers and aerospace technology. Following Bourns presentation, students will attend a variety of workshops by UCR faculty and researchers. Among the breakout sessions will be:

  • "Bug Petting Zoo," a presentation by graduate students in UCR's entomology department including displays of live insects and preserved insect exhibits.
  • "Superconductivity & and Meissner Effect," a presentation by UCR Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach on the unique properties of magnets and superconducting materials, which show promise for such advances as high-speed magnetically levitated trains and more ef ficient power transmission.
  • "Ice Cream Making as a Metaphor for a Chemical Process," an introduction to chemical synthesis in which students will get to taste the product of their experiments.

Other topics - including embedded systems, the tiny hidden computers that perform specific functions in a variety of consumer products, and how Riverside's treated wastewater becomes drinking water for Orange County, will also be explored.

Lunchtime discussion groups will cover different college majors and give high school students a chance to talk with UCR undergraduates about their college experiences.

Members of the news media are welcome to cover Bourns Science and Engineering Day. For more information, contact Kathy Barton at (909) 787-2495.


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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