Posted by: Nicole Pride | March 25, 2010

The Cool, Quirky and …

As you can imagine, with nearly 500 programs on the roster for Rutgers Day, just about every topic, issue, and interest will be represented. However, I don’t think I would have predicted any of the random mix of programs mentioned below. One or two may surprise you.  

Grow bacteria from your mouth.

Grow Your Own Bacteria – After attending this program, you may want to heed your mother’s advice and not share beverages with other people. The Biology Club will help you determine what bacteria are lurking in your mouth. Swab your cheek or tongue and see what grows in a Petri dish. (I sheepishly admit I am curious, ew!).  

CSI: Rutgers – According to plans, visitors can learn more about investigative work using modern forensics and old fashioned police work, such as dusting for fingerprints, detecting bloodstains, analyzing samples, and more. This hands-on activity will be provided by the Criminal Justice Program. 


Bet on a live cockroach race.

Creepies, Crawlies, and Other Creatures – I have to tell you, this program stretches me well beyond my comfort zone. However, I know there are plenty of you who would find this critter fair right up your alley (my son included!). So, for you bug-adoring, arachnid-loving fans, you may want to stop by this program hosted by the Department of Entomology. You’ll see tarantulas, scorpions, and more. And, oh yeah, eat a waxworm cookie or bet on a cockroach race while you’re there!  

Glass blowing demonstrations will return to Rutgers Day this year.

Earthquakes and Volcanoes – Given the recent earthquakes around the world, I think it’s fitting to learn more about them. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will conduct a hands-on activity that will address why major earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Visitors can replicate earthquakes and view how volcanoes erupt.

The Undergraduate Geography Society will take a favorite childhood game, potato sack racing, and add obstacles. As young and older visitors “Race through New Jersey,” they’ll fumble through twists and turns, including some of the state’s famous highways, landmarks, major infrastructure, and historical locations. It’s the organization’s inventive method to teach about the uniqueness of New Jersey.

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