Campus Picnic, Campus Fest go to ‘extreme degrees'

The campus community is invited to enjoy free lunch and a look at campus activities and organizations at the All-Campus Picnic and Campus Fest Friday (Sept. 7). The picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the University Hall lawn, with Campus Fest tables around the Union Oval from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Be sure to stop by the “COSMOS Extreme Degrees” event that will be going on from about 11:50 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. in front of the Mathematical Sciences Building and Overman Hall. Sponsored by COSMOS (Center of Excellence for Science and Mathematics Education), the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Teaching and Learning, COSI, the Tractor Supply Company and American Rental, the demonstrations are designed to help recruit undecided majors into STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

On the program are:

• Extreme Fluids, 11:50 a.m. to 1:20 p.m., in which cornstarch and water create a non-Newtonian fluid that sometimes acts like a solid and sometimes a liquid.

• Extreme Life, 11:50 a.m. to 1:20 p.m., with animals from Dr. Eileen Underwood's Herpetarium. 

• COSI Extreme Fountain, at 12:21 p.m. See 600 bottles of Diet Coke and mint Life Savers create a chemical and physical reaction that erupts into a fountain, choreographed to music.

The rain date for the picnic is Sept. 14.

(Posted September 06, 2007 )