ASU Night of the Open Door: Experience innovation at your fingertips
Five campuses roll out the welcome mat for the public with free activities and performances for all ages
Ever wonder what is happening in the labs and classrooms of the No. 1 innovative university in the country? ASU’s Night of the Open Door festival is your chance to discover the fascinating research springing up in your own backyard.
Night of the Open Door kicks off on the West campus on Feb. 6 and continues throughout the month with five events on ASU campuses providing free activities and performances with more to explore for all ages.
West campus activities include a forensics free-for-all and mock crime scene and a Minecraft photo booth with clothes and tools to get a picture-perfect look. You can make your own comic book or board game at the Fletcher Library or get in the Sun Devil spirit with face painting. Or you can face off with black widow spiders and compete with the U.S. Army ROTC Sun Devil Battalion. Do you have what it takes?
One of the most popular signature events of the AZSciTech Festival, Night of the Open Door enables visitors to explore five ASU campuses in February, with more than 300 multicultural performances and hands-on activities celebrating the sciences, culture, engineering, humanities, math, language and the arts.
Night of the Open Door events:
• West campus: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6
• Downtown Phoenix campus: 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12
• Polytechnic campus: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19
• Thunderbird campus: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
• Tempe campus: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
The Thunderbird campus is the newest addition to ASU’s Night of the Open Door. Cultural offerings include an authentic Afghan Marketplace (cash or credit only) and celebration of the Chinese Spring Festival. There is also a rugby clinic, Chartwells cooking lessons and free online business training by Thunderbird for Good. You can also sing along, learn a dance and walk in the shoes and local costumes of peoples of the Middle East and North Africa or see if you are faster than Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.
Myla Mogavero plays a math dice game as her sister, Keira, watches from behind. The game was presented by the School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences and the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational & Modeling Sciences Center during ASU Night of the Open Door in Tempe.A. Rose Gochnour
Cultural offerings are a core part of ASU Night of the Open Door. On the Thunderbird campus, henna tattoos, an Afghan Marketplace, a Chinese Spring Festival and 25 other global displays are part of the fun. On Tempe campus, you can take more than 20 language lessons and participate in medieval or international dance and arts.Thunderbird School of Global Management
More than 1,000 students volunteer at ASU Night of the Open Door, sharing their research projects and experiences. The School of Earth and Space Exploration offers demos, hands-on activities, rocketry, robotics and talks, as well as 3-D shows in the Marston Exploration Theater. There is even a Rock and Mineral sale offered by the ASU GeoClub.Margaret Coulombe
The Nursing Student Projects Showcase displays the creativity and experience of ASU's nursing freshman and seniors. The Downtown Phoenix campus Night of the Open Door also offers tours of PBS and Cronkite recording studios, photo booth fun, community arts exhibits, ASU Sustainability Festival events, and tours of the new law college — something for all ages.Jacob Sahertian
ASU's Polytechnic campus puts aircraft flight, the EcoCar3 race car and a Camaro showcase at visitors' fingertips. Add to that an ASU student film festival, poetry, games, tours and a host of K-12 activities and you've got an evening of excitement. Free glow sticks, too — while they last.Jessica Hochreither
Ready for a Rubik's Cube competition, a forensics free-for-all and mock crime scene at ASU's West campus? How about a Minecraft photo booth with clothes and tools? You can make your own comic book or board game at the Fletcher Library or get Sun Devil spirit face painting. Or you can face off with black widow spiders and compete with the U.S. Army ROTC Sun Devil Battalion and more.Elizabeth Ackerman
Come build your own windmill and drive an underwater robot. ASU Night of the Open Door offers an array of hands-on engineering experiences. From solar cells, biosensors, biomedical engineering and computer sciences to NASA and nanotechnology, students and faculty offer demos, lab tours, activities and talks. Want more? Trek over to the Biodesign Institute for more cutting-edge fun.Photo Courtesy
“You can engineer solar cells, take a rumba Spanish guitar workshop or join in the Biodesign Institute Fun Zone in Tempe,” said Darci Nagy, special events manager for ASU. “Or you could celebrate ASU’s #Sustival, attend health talks, tour PBS or record your own broadcast downtown. K-12 fun also takes off with activities in aviation, a Camaro showcase and car construction, games and student films on the ASU Polytechnic campus.”
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) is the basis for so many things around us that we take for granted — as reflected in the largest event on the Tempe campus. Activities on Feb. 27 are hosted by more than 1,000 students, staff and faculty members. There are 20-plus mini language and dance lessons, medieval knights, science and engineering activities. Video and math games join music, theater and art, Phoenix Zoo animals, space microbes, slam poetry, extreme weather, glassblowers, robots and drones, volcanoes and meteorites.
Picnic on the lawn and create your own poem with #CreativeWrite. Or take a blues workshop and then tour the Biodesign Institute, the ASU Supercomputer and take in a 3-D astronomy show at the Marston Exploration Theater. There is something for all ages.
“There is nothing like seeing a child, student or lifelong learner’s imagination ignited, whether it’s by exoplanets, the tiniest virus, health efforts in Africa, forensics, dance or a faculty superstar,” said Mark Searle, ASU executive vice president and university provost. “ASU’s Night of the Open Door allows people of all ages to discover how our public universities can translate their dreams to reality.”
One prime benefit to visitors is the ability to explore cutting-edge labs and classrooms on all five campuses. Attendees can meet artists, filmmakers, scientists, engineers, linguists, health professionals, explorers and student teachers or take tours of groundbreaking research facilities.
Visitors can also connect with students leading some of ASU’s clubs and learning groups, such as the AstroDevils, Origins Project Club, Sun Devil Robotics Club, Air Devils quadcopter squad, ASU GeoClub, ASU Speech and Debate Team, Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) Scholars, Society of Physics Students, Amateur Radio Society@ASU, Concrete Canoe Club and more.
*One free prize per campus.
**Glow sticks are available in limited quantities and are distributed on first-come, first-served basis.