Fun Events Provide Additional Learning Opportunities for STEM Students

In a few short weeks, students from all over Ohio will travel to compete in 50 events within a variety of STEM disciplines. But this weekend is not "all work, no play," as students are invited to particpate in tours, activities and lectures around Columbus, Ohio and The Ohio State University campus.

Please note the date, and which divisions are permitted to participate in each event. All events are free, except for visiting COSI, which has also provdied OHSO students with a discounted ticket price on 4/26.

*Students must register for COSI ahead of time to recieve the discount ticket voucher. 

Click on the events below for more information, and register for events ASAP!

The Ohio State University | Center for Automative Research Tour | Both Divisions | April 26

Friday, April 26 | 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | 930 Kinnear Rd

Students will get to tour Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research, housed in a 56,000-square-foot facility on West Campus. Prominent features include: engine and chassis dynamometers- laboratories focusing on alternative fuel and exhaust after-treatment, combustion and flow, high voltage power electronics, and networking and communications- battery testing, aging and characterization facilities- and high performance computing for modeling and simulation.

Ohio State's motorsports program, dedicated to student automotive projects, is proudly headquartered at CAR. Projects include Baja SAE, Buckeye Current electric motorcycle, EcoCAR, Formula SAE, Supermileage SAE and Venturi Buckeye Bullet.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation | Forensic Crime Lab Activity | Division B | April 26 

Friday, April 26 | 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. |160 Cunz Hall

This event is a forensics crime lab activity run by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 

Supercomputer Center Lecture | Both Divisions | April 26

Friday, April 26 | 2-3 p.m. | 1224 Kinnear Road

This event takes place on Friday, April 26 Students will attend an introductory lecture and demonstration for supercomputing at the Ohio Supercomputer Center given by Allen Chalker and Liz Strong. Visit their website to find directions and additional information. 

The Ohio State University | Engineering High Voltage and Power Electronics Laboratory Tour | Both Divisions | April 26

Friday, April 26 | Noon to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. | 205 Dreese Lab

Students will tour the High Voltage and Power Electronics Laboratory, consisting of a 3600 square-feet main, high voltage facility with two satellite power electronics laboratories. The high voltage lab is the only one of its kind among the universities in the Midwest. Its operations are strongly supported and heavily utilized by electric power related industries. The power electronics facilities are unique to universities in the state of Ohio and are among only a handful of power electronics labs in the United States that deal with high power applications.

The research in the power electronics area is aimed at integrating renewable energy and electrification of transportation. The combined research of high voltage and power electronics is geared towards large scale megawatt implementations of renewable energy sources and energy storage devices.

 The Ohio State Univeresity | Nanotech West Lab Tour | Both Divisions | April 26 

Friday, April 26 | 2-3 p.m., 3- 4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. | 1381 Kinnear Road, West Labratory

Students will tour Nanotech West, consisting of a 6,000 square-foot class, 100 cleanroom facility, a 4,000 square foot Biohybrid Laboratory, and other laboratory and office spaces. Current research programs at Ohio State span the fields of electronics, optics, advanced materials and characterization, energy, biology and medicine. If you have research to conduct, a market to conquer, or a product you'd like to evolve, Nanotech West Lab is the place to make it happen.

Students will don cleanroom suits and tour the entire facility and observe demonstrations of the equipment. Participating students must wear closed-toe shoes. 

COSI | Discounted Ticket | Both Divisions | April 26

April 26 | 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. | 333 West Broad Street

Students and family members (up to 6) are welcome to tour COSI, at a discounted rate. *Note, students must register for this event to recieve the discounted ticket before April 26. 

COSI is a nationally esteemed science center that has delighted Central Ohio with all things science for 55 years, inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics and delivering our experiential, "hands-on fun" brand of learning.

The Ohio State University | Anatomy Cadaver Lab Tour | Division C | April 27

Saturday, April 27 | 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | Hamilton Hall

During this tour, students will work with anatomy graduate students to observe a full body prosection and observe organs in situ and on a table of isolated organs. Each of the stations will give students 30 minutes to see, hold, and touch the material and ask questions. The tour will focus primarily on the respiratory, digestive, and immune systems.

*Only Division C students may take part in this tour. All attendees must sign a waiver form given to coaches in their coaches packet during registration. Failure to complete these forms will inhibit student participation.

The Ohio State University | Communicating Outside of Science Lecture | Citation Needed | Division C | April 27 

April 27 | 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. | 218 Cockins Hall 

Ohio State's organization, Citation Needed, teaches communication skills to the next generation of scientists that enables them to effectively communicate their findings to those outside of science. Citaiton Needed's lecture is specifically for high schoolers and will help impact the way students talk about scientific research. 

The Ohio State University | Wireless Energy Transfer | Both Divisions | April 27 

April 27 | 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. | 260 Dreese Lab

Students will be able to light up an LED in one circuit without even touching the circuit with the battery. Skills and concepts explored during this event include: electromagnetism, induction, electricity, and circuitry. 

Students must register in advance for all Fun Events.