Spring Fest 2014 Activities

Spring Fest 2014 features more than 30 sites packed with fun activities around Purdue University's West Lafayette campus. Information about the activities at each site appears below.

Site Number

  1. Information Tent
  2. Purdue Fencing Club
  3. Bug Bowl - "Insects as food"
  4. College of Agriculture
  5. Purdue Horticulture Society
  6. Bug Bowl: Insect Cake Decorating Contest
  7. Boiler Barnyard
  8. Bug Bowl: Insect Petting Zoo, Running of the Roaches, etc.
  9. Departments of Agronomy & Botany and Plant Pathology
  10. Department of Biological Sciences
  11. Department of Biochemistry
  12. Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering
  13. Department of Agricultural Economics
  14. Department of Forestry & Natural Resources
  15. Department of Food Science
  16. Horticulture Society - Purdue Horticulture Show
  17. College of Veterinary Medicine Open House
  18. IU School of Medicine - Lafayette (on the Purdue University campus)
  19. Purdue Army ROTC
  20. Bug Bowl: cricket spitting contest
  21. Purdue Grand Prix Foundation
  22. Purdue Athletics
  23. Krannert School of Management
  24. Muslim Student Association
  25. Honors College
  26. College of Science/PULSe Science in Schools
  27. College of Liberal Arts
  28. Purdue Galleries
  29. College of Education
  30. NanoDays: Nano in Nature-Birck Nanotechnology Center, Discovery Park, and Physics Outreach
  31. College of Pharmacy
  32. Purdue Engineering Student Council
  33. College of Technology
  34. Chemistry/Phi Lambda Upsilon
  35. Lilliputians March: National Small Works Competition-Purdue Galleries

 

 

    Site 1 - Information Tent

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

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    Site 2 - Purdue Fencing Club

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    The Purdue Fencing Club holds an activity called "Bunny Fencing" in which we allow children, with their parents'/guardians' permission, to participate in fencing. This activity gives the kids as well as other first-timers the chance to get a feel for the sport and be able to experience the fun in a safe way. Kids wear fencing jackets and tie balloons to each side of their fencing mask. They use their sabres to pop the balloons on their opponent's mask. The first to pop both of their opponent's balloons wins!

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    Site 3 - Bug Bowl: tent features "Insects as Food" and more (Dept. of Entomology)

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    Bug Bowl: Come join the Department of Entomology for a variety of fun and exciting insect-related activities! Bug Bowl includes the Insect Art Contest (insect related art entries hung on the walls of Smith Hall) from children across the nation, the Insect Petting Zoo, the Running of the Roaches at Roachill Downs, an Arthropod Observation Station (come by this room with your insect questions and "Ask the Entomologist!”), and Insect Crafts and Face Painting. Take a visit to the Roach Motel, delight your palate at the Insects as Food demonstration, get a little taste of honey at the Apiculture Exhibit and Honey Tasting Room, and check out the winners of the Insect Cake Decorating Contest. Survey a display of insects from around the world.

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    Site 4 - College of Agriculture

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    Come join many of the Purdue College of Agriculture's clubs and groups for some fun activities. You can make some fun arts and crafts and learn how you can be in 4-H. Tasty food and T-shirts will be for sale. Test your knowledge of the world through our global trivia questions.  Taste some free internation cuisine while you learn about numerous study abroad opportunities. Springfest visitors will learn more about the educational opportunities offered through 4-H in all of Indiana's ninety-two counties.  Educational programs are available in approximately sixty subject matter areas and a variety of statewide events and activities. Purdue Collegiate 4-H members will host activities from the recent National Youth Science Day, helping participants learn some basic science concepts while having fun! Children will learn what a corn ear looks like. They will be exposed to interesting facts about what corn is used for and other corn trivia.

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    Site 5 - Purdue Horticulture Club

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

           The Purdue Horticultural Society presents its 101st annual Horticulture Show.  This year's theme entitled "Garden Up" will feature vertical gardening.  Make sure to stop by for the plant sale if you're shopping for trees, perennials, or bedding plants.  We will also have a children's booth within our landscape. The food booth is located at this site, while the plant sale will be at Site 16    

     

     

    Site 6 - Insect Cake Decorating Contest and more (Dept of Entomology)

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    The Department of Entomology offers a variety of insect-related activities that reinforce the importance of insects in the environment. Cakes and an awesome insect collection are inside Pfendler Hall.

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    Site 7 - Boiler Barnyard - Department of Animal Sciences

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    Come to Boiler Barnyard to see live animals, watch sheep shearing demonstrations, and milk a cow! Hold a baby chick, pet a dairy calf, and learn about each animal from the experts at Purdue ANSC. 

     

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    Site 8 - Bug Bowl: insect petting zoo, roach races, and more - Entomology

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    The Department of Entomology offers a variety of insect-related activities that reinforce the importance of insects in the environment. The insect petting zoo, roach races, honey tasting, insect art contest, arthropod observation, and insect crafts are inside Smith Hall.

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    Site 9 - Departments of Agronomy and Botany & Plant Pathology

    Saturday and Sunday Activities 

    Agronomy

    Come join the Agronomy Department and feed your curiosity about agriculture. These hands on events will allow young and old to see the effects of soil erosion, how plants grow, and tractors that were used in everyday life on the farm. These exciting displays can give hands on experience for young kids to learn about agriculture in a fun and easy way. So come on out to the front lawn of Lilly and see what exciting activities agronomy has to offer! Then venture to the Turf Science Putt Putt course for a round of golf.

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    Purdue Agronomy

    The Purdue Agronomy Club,

    Turf Science Club

    Environmental Science Club

    Botany

    Take home vegetables, herbs, and flowers from the Botany Club plant sales; Help Annie Apple Tree shoot down common plant diseases; Plant your own sunflower, cucumber, squash or tomato to take home; “What's growing on my lettuce?”, an interactive activity; and place your vote for the “Community Favorite” in the Third Annual Plant Art Competition.

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    Site 10 - Department of Biological Sciences

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    Visit Lilly Hall for a hands-on tidal pool with sea urchins, starfish, and sand dollars; observe chicken, zebrafish, and sea urchin embryos as well as adult sea slugs; explore the behavior of mantis shrimp and weakly electric fish; and come for a chance to have an electrocardiogram.

     

     

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    Site 11 - Department of Biochemistry

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    Have fun with science! Join us all day for the chance to make your own, colorful lava lamp, a bracelet with color-changing beads, see exciting chemistry demonstrations and more! Teachers, come to get great ideas for classroom demos and activities! All ages are welcome!

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    Site 12 - Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering

    Saturday Activities only

    Visit the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering tent and experience fun activities for all ages. Activities include:

    •Tractor Display: A few tractors will be on display between the Ag and Biological Engineering and Food Science Building. Some are available for kid investigation. Bring your camera for this great photo opportunity!

    •Pedal Tractor Racing: Three to four pedal (small tricycles that look like tractors) will be available for kids around ages 2-7. The track will be surrounded in straw bales. They can race or just ride for fun!

    •The Agrability Tractor Lift: A lift is mounted onto a tractor for disabled operators to be placed from the ground into the cab of the tractor without having to climb. Kids will be able to sit in the chair and be lifted. This lift was created by a disabled farmer in Central Indiana. Other features to assist disabled operators are included on the tractor, such as extended levers and hand controls.

    •Smell and Guess: A fun game where participants are given a sheet with blanks to fill in by their labeled aroma. A great game to play together as a family!

    •pH Exploration: Come test the pH of a variety of food and other materials you see every day at home. See how much you know about acids and bases!

    •Mini Hydraulic Excavators: Practice your backhoe skills by moving styrofoam peanuts into a bucket with ABE's mini hydraulic excavator.

    •Free Balloons and Popcorn will be provided!

     

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    Site 13 - Department of Agricultural Economics

    Saturday Activities only

    Visit the Department of Agricultural Economics tent to learn economics in a fun way and color a t-shirt! Play games and participate in hands-on activities to learn how people make decisions. Game and activities include: “How much is that pet?”, bean bag toss, product and logo match game, race to "search" for energy sources, and color a "FREE" souvenir t-shirt!

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    Site 14 - Department of Forestry & Natural Resources

    Saturday Activities only

    • Visit the FNR tent to experience live reptiles, amphibians and fish, courtesy of The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society. While at their booths, the little ones can learn about animals and try their hand at fishing.
    • Learn about tree identification and grafting from the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.
    • Visitors can use their painting skills to decorate a rain barrel while leaning about stewardship from the Int’l Association for Society & Natural Resources.
    • Make a stop at the Forest Products building to discover why “Wood is Good” and watch the router in action. While in the Forestry Products building, purchase a cutting board, a unique conversation piece, from the Forest Products Society.
    • Want to try a new fish? Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant will be sampling smoked Asian carp – yes, I’m talking about the infamous bighead and silver carp that have been seen flying out of rivers and hitting unaware boaters.

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    Site 15 - Department of Food Science

    Saturday Activities only

    Stop by the Food Science building to try your hand at making ice cream. Ever wondered how canned foods are sealed? Make your own piggy bank can and see a canner in action. Come see how gummy worms are made! Does color affect taste? Find out for yourself! What are those big words in the ingredients list on your favorite food?...ask a food scientist.
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    Site 16 - Horticulture Show - Purdue Horticulture Club

    Saturday and Sunday activities

    The Purdue Horticultural Society presents its 101st annual Horticulture Show.  This year's theme entitled "Garden Up" will feature vertical gardening.  Make sure to stop by for the plant sale if you're shopping for trees, perennials, or bedding plants.  We will also have a children's booth within our landscape.
    Plant Sale 9am- 5pm

     

     

    Site 17 - College of Veterinary Medicine Open House

    Saturday Activities Only

    The College of Veterinary Medicine is participating in Spring Fest on Saturday, April 12th from 10AM to 4PM with events all around the Lynn Hall complex. Events include a live spay demonstration, equine treadmill demonstration, tours of the veterinary teaching hospital, a petting zoo, exotic animal displays, search and rescue dog demonstrations, a teddy bear suture clinic, and many student displays throughout the College.

     

     

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    Site 18 - IU School of Medicine - Lafayette (on the Purdue University campus)

    Saturday Activities Only

    Animals are some of our best friends. While the vet students teach you how to keep your pets and animals healthy, we want you to know how to keep yourself healthy too! See a real human brain. Listen to your own heart. Find out all the places germs can hide. Learn how to keep yourself healthy so you can have a long, healthy life, just like your pet. All this awaits you in Lynn Hall Room 2213 with first year medical students from the Indiana University School of Medicine - Lafayette (on the campus of Purdue University).

     

     

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    Site 19 - Purdue Army ROTC

    Saturday Only Activities

    Purdue Army ROTC provides Springfest a fun and exciting opportunity to anyone who is interested in joining or learning more about the Army. We will offer interactive games, knowledge from Cadets and National Guardsmen, and an assortment of cool Army Vehicles.
     

     

     

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    Site 20 - Bug Bowl: cricket spitting contest (Dept. of Entomology)

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    The Department of Entomology offers a variety of insect-related activities that reinforce the importance of insects in the environment. This site is on the Purdue Memorial Mall and features cricket spitting.

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    Site 21 - Purdue Grand Prix Foundation

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    Come visit the Purdue Grand Prix Foundation and find out more about "The Greatest Spectacle in College Racing".  After visiting our mobile museum, take your picture with some vintage karts.  Then see how much you've learned at Grand Prix Trivia, or race around our mini track on a tricycle.
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    Site 22 - Purdue Athletics

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    The Athletics tent will have new 2014 football posters, spring sports posters, fun giveaways, opportunities to dress like a football player, star in your own Purdue baseball card, and run practice drills! We'll also provide season ticket, group, and mini-plan information along with information on our Boilermaker Kids Club!
     
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    Site 23 - Krannert School of Management

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    Come check out the Krannert School of Management's tent! Through their adventure, children will learn business basics from students in many of Krannert's clubs. It's a chance to learn and have fun at the same time...a great combination!

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    Site 24 - Muslim Student Association

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    Visit the Muslim Student Association and get awesome henna tattoos and a taste of a different culture! We love answering questions too, so stop by our Ask a Muslim station!

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    Site 25 - Honors College

    Saturday and Sunday Activities

    Want to play recycling tic-tac-toe and win prizes, see solar energy demonstrations and fantastic moss graffiti, take a blindfold water taste-test, see miniature models of rain and ivy gardens, make your own reusable t-shirt bag, ride a bike that makes electricity, go on a can-crushing rampage, add to the hanging-bottle garden, make other fun crafts and plant plants as you help in the sustainability of the Earth!? Our Honors College students have spent the spring semester designing 34 sustainability projects for the local community. Come check out what they’ve been up to while also taking a turn on the Honors College Bungee Trampoline. We will see you there!

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    Site 26 - College of Science

    Saturday Activities Only

    Take Science from the textbook to real life with hands-on experiments.  Explore science with tornado, chemical reactions, prediction skills and many more science activities.  See science demonstrations using household materials that you can do at home.

     

     

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    PULSe Science in Schools

    Sunday Activities Only

    PULSe is the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Sciences graduate program.  On Sunday, April 13th, we invite children and their parents to participate in interactive demonstrations and fun hands-on experiments that illustrate how biology, chemistry, and physics impact everyday life. Dress like a scientist while learning about recent discoveries in the life sciences. Learn how lava lamps work and make one to take home. Come visit us on the Memorial Mall to see why we’re excited about science!

     

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    Site 27 - College of Liberal Arts

    Saturday Activities Only

    • Fast Track is a weekly, 30-minute news program produced by students in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. Young visitors to the tent will be interviewed on TV by a student journalist. The recorded interview will be emailed home to the young person’s family and can be shared with friends and relatives.
    • What does your name look like in Chinese?  The Chinese Calligraphy Club will be providing beautiful name translation and henna tattoo.
    • The Interior Design program will give you a chance to participate in solving problems related to people's physical environment and interior spaces. Common activities designers deal with include space planning, furniture layout, material and finish selection, environmental awareness, and safety codes in buildings. You'll get a chance to design your dream kitchen, layout a restaurant, and help save people from a burning building!
    • The School of Languages and Cultures will have a variety coloring sheets featuring animals in different languages.  We will also play popular cartoons in different languages on a loop!
    • Join the Art History Student Organization (AHSO) for fun and exciting activities such as a color contest and trivia games.  Kids will have the chance to create their own masterpieces and the winner will receive a prize.  Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun and test their knowledge on artwork by artist in trivia games.

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    Site 28 - Purdue Galleries

    Saturday Activities Only

    Purdue Galleries presents a hands-on activity on the Memorial Mall, in collaboration with Purdue Student National Art Education Association members. Participants will make contributions to the decoration of a large insect costume, which will be used to parade around the Memorial Mall several times throughout the day.
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    Site 29 - College of Education

    Saturday Activities Only

    Join College of Education students to play Sudoku puzzles, mind games, and to get your face painted!
     

    Site 30 - Nano Days - Birck Nanotechnology Center, Discovery Park, and Physics Outreach

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    NanoDays engages people of all ages in a miniscule world where materials have special properties and new technologies have spectacular promise. Come visit the NanoDays tent to see what we can learn from nanoscale phenomena that occur naturally in Nature. Our hands-on activities demonstrate unique and surprising properties of materials that occur at the nanoscale. You’ll get to play with sand that can’t get wet even under water, experiment with leaves that don’t get dirty, and learn how to make beautiful colors using an idea from butterfly, bird and bug wings.
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    Site 31 - College of Pharmacy

    Saturday Activities Only
    The College of Pharmacy will be hosting a medication collection in our tent to collect unused and expired medications from the community to properly dispose of them. We will also have games and activities such as pill counting, candy or medication, a compounding activity, and a free blood pressure screening.

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    Site 32 - Purdue Engineering Student Council

    Saturday Activities Only

    The ENvision tent will have various fantastically fun and engaging hands-on engineering activities as well as awesome balloon hats. What more could you want? Free food? There will be that as well! Stop by, have some fun engineering, and grab some grub!

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    Site 33 - College of Technology

    Saturday Activities Only

    Come and visit the College of Technology tent:

    Technology is everywhere. From hearing your favorite music to helping someone hear for the first time. From studying particles you can’t even see to studying the best ways to lead a team. Technology is more than a machine or a gadget. It is a way of thinking about today’s grand challenges and overcoming them with innovation and hard work. Come visit our tent and interact with various activities showcasing our ability to be relevant to industry needs, responsive to world issues and produce results that make a difference in our world.

    Be sure to visit the Purdue Airport - Hangar 5 for the 7th annual Fly-in/Drive-in breakfast from 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

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    Site 34 - Chemistry/Phi Lambda Upsilon

          Saturday and Sunday Activities
    How do atoms and molecules interact to make up our world? Experience amazing demonstrations of chemical properties and reactions at Phi Lambda Upsilon’s Chemistry Demonstration Show, including a chance to take home equipment to do your own chemistry demonstration! Saturday and Sunday at 11am in Wetherill 160 and 172.

    Site 35 - Lilliputians March: National Small Works Competition - Purdue Galleries

    Saturday Activities Only

    The Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center will feature ʺLilliputians March,ʺ a juried exhibition of small scale artworks from around the country.

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