Posted by: Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins | April 23, 2012

Explore the Sciences at Rutgers Day

Elizabeth Juan checks out a giant cockroach at Rutgers Day.

Have you ever wondered what drives motion in the ocean or how the creepiest critters taste? Rutgers Day is a great time to find out.

Budding microbiologists are invited to stop by the interactive Wave Tank presented by graduate students from the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Oceanography on Cook/Douglass Campus. Kids are encouraged to participate in the demonstration, though they may get wet or covered with colorful dye.

Check out the carnivorous plants presented by the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and Floriculture on Cook/Douglass Campus.  But you probably don’t want to touch the plants; they may bite – or leave a sticky enzyme that slowly consumes your flesh.

Who needs a trip to Atlantic City when you can bet on live cockroach races on Cook/Douglass Campus? Check out other live insects, including tarantulas, scorpions, and spiders on display by the Graduate Entomology Student Association.

Not up for tasting an insect at the center of a lollipop or making maggot artwork?  No problem. “We even have lots of activities for the squeamish, including games, butterflies, and beautiful insect displays,” said Paul Frandsen of the Graduate Entomology Student Association.

Who is your favorite crime scene investigator? Sherlock Holmes? Horatio Caine? CSI: Rutgers will discuss newfangled forensics and old-fashioned police work while psychology students challenge your mind with illusions and other interactive demonstrations on Cook/Douglass Campus.

Professor Mark Croft during the Faraday Physics Lecture at Rutgers Day.

Finally, Professor Mark Croft and physics support specialist David Maiullo will present one of the ever-popular Faraday physics lectures for children of all ages on Busch Campus.

“The demonstrations were designed not just to inform but with an eye toward humor and exciting the imagination,” said Maiullo. “You’ll witness an exploding hydrogen balloon, see a man on a bed of nails, and watch a fire extinguisher rocket a man on roller skates across the room!”

After the Faraday lecture, observe other physics phenomena on Busch Campus by taking a spin on the spinning stool or making a bowl “sing” with the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Before you head home, step into the Rutgers Geology Museum on the College Avenue Campus to explore New Jersey’s natural history. Dinosaurs, mastodons, and a mummy are on the guest list.


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