Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois is filled with STEM fun for families in Champaign-Urbana
Why EOH on the University of Illinois Engineering campus is fun for kids and families
In our house, it’s the weekend on campus we look forward to all year long. It’s EOH weekend at the University of Illinois Engineering campus, and it’s time to get our science on!
The College of Engineering, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Beckman Institute, and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) all host their open house events this weekend, which means you and your family can peek inside many of the buildings on campus to see what exciting things students and staff are working on.
Our Tip: Most of the exhibits are geared towards elementary school children and older. All of them are TOTALLY FREE in terms of admission. Saturday is considered Family Day at EOH, with many schools (and more crowds) attending on Friday. Beckman is also open in 2019, which means there are even more things to see! Like a trip to a theme park or museum, our STEM-crazy family has broken EOH up over two days, there are so many things to see and do.
Parking may be tricky in some cases, although on Saturday, most University parking lots are open to the public (read signs closely!). Metered parking may be available but could be scarce. Free parking is available in the E14 lot on the southwest corner of campus with a free shuttle system running every 15 minutes. If you find that lot E-14 is full, you can park at lot B-22 at Goodwin Ave. and University Ave. You can also park in Garage B4, only on levels 4,5, and 6.
Engineering Open House
When: EOH will be held on Friday, March 8, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 9, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: Exhibits are all over campus. Literally. The highest concentration are in and around the Bardeen Quad. Be sure to bring your walking shoes (and strollers or carriers for little ones).
What: Engineering Open House is an annual student-led event featuring two days of exciting exhibits and captivating competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of engineering students. There are 250 exhibits put on by individual students, societies, and departments. The exhibits are for people of all ages and educations, displaying everything from basic science and engineering principles to current discoveries. Both interactive and informative, the comprehensive display of exhibits at EOH will be a fun learning experience for the whole family. All exhibits are FREE and open to the public. Check out the visitor’s guide to gauge the appropriateness of each exhibit for your family, and there are on-site design challenges that are fun for young children. Because there is so much to see spread across the Bardeen quad, our family likes to study the visitor’s guide and make a game plan before we arrive, letting each child pick a few “must see” exhibits. The Tesla Coil Concert at the Bardeen Quad on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. is a favorite event!
NCSA Engineering Open House
When: Friday, March 8, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: National Center for Supercomputing Applications
What: You’ve likely heard about some powerful supercomputers hiding on the Illinois campus. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) wants to give you a behind the scenes look at the machines and how researchers are using them to change the world during the 2019 Engineering Open House! The event is family friendly and fun for all ages. See innovative research from students, faculty and NCSA researchers including, 4K scientific visualizations from our Advanced Visualization Laboratory, free screenings of our documentary, Seeing the Beginning of Time, and Solar Superstorms, gravitational wave signals emitted by black hole collisions in real-time, and computer clusters being built on-site! Take part in a scavenger hunt to win prizes.
When: Saturday, March 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: The National Petascale Computing Facility is located west of Assembly Hall, at the corner of Oak St. and St Mary’s Road. Free parking is available across the street in Lot E-14. From Lot E-14 you can board the shuttle buses for Engineering Open House and Explore ACES.
What: Come to the National Petascale Computing Facility for a first-hand look at Blue Waters, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world! With a sustained speed over 1 petaflop, Blue Waters is capable of performing more than 1 quadrillion calculations per second. In addition to viewing Blue Waters, you can also see the infrastructure required for this powerful machine. Free tours offered between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
What: Don’t miss your chance to see Beckman! The Beckman Institute Open House is a biennial event, held in conjunction with the University of Illinois College of Engineering Open House. Exhibits highlight the work taking place at one of the nation’s leading centers for interdisciplinary research. Schools, clubs, and other large groups are welcome. Pro tip: With over 40 exhibits, many of them interactive, you’ll want to budget in some time to check out Beckman this year.
When: Friday, March 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: It is recommended that attendees begin at the ACES Library, Alumni and Information Center, which is located south of the main quad. There, you will receive a program complete with map and event schedule.
What: Learn about academic and career-path opportunities awaiting you at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This expo is geared towards Middle school and high school students who are exploring their college options. Exhibits may not be applicable to younger children. If you would like to register your middle school or high school student to attend ExplorACES, click here.