DISCOVERY DAY

Saturday, September 28, 2019
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
OSU-Cascades

Talks. Research Demos. Kids Activities. Food.

Join us for a day of exploration for all ages! Learn about the solutions OSU brings to your community – and our world.
In coordination with OSU Extension of Central Oregon

See schedule below or download PDF

Keynote Speakers

First Victims of Climate Change
10-10:50 a.m.
Tykeson 111
Elizabeth Marino, Assistant Professor, Anthropology

The impacts of climate change are felt particularly by indigenous communities that rely on the surrounding water and land for their livelihoods. Learn how one coastal community in Alaska faced the challenges.

The Six Qualities of Strong Families
12-12:50 p.m.
Tykeson 111
Dennis Lynn, Senior Instructor, Human Development and Family Sciences

It's a day to focus on family. Learn the six dynamics that keep families around the world strong and connected.

Robots, Comedy and Beyond
2-2:50 p.m.
Tykeson 111
Naomi Fitter, Assistant Professor, Robotics

A roboticist, educator and performing artist, OSU’s Naomi Fitter will share how robots help us live happier and healthier (and even funnier) lives.

All Day Events
 

OSU Alumni Lounge
Tykeson Hall, Learning Commons
Meet fellow Beavers, win prizes, and explore all the ways you can engage with your OSU Alumni Association.


Campus Expansion Open House and Tours
Tykeson Hall 109
Learn how OSU-Cascades will expand over the next decades, creating a 128-acre campus for up to 5,000 students.
Find out why the expansion is called one of the most innovative university development projects in the country.

Bend Beav Gear
Welcome Center
Jackets, t-shirts, swag of all kinds 10% OFF at the Gear Store.

Vision Oregon
Obsidian Hall Patio
Fifty years from now ─ what do you see? Join us as we paint a picture of Oregon in the year 2068 ─ and dream big ─ it's your future, too!

Lunch at the Beaver Dam
Our chefs' created for you a menu that celebrates OSU and Oregon's bounty!
Pumpkin curry, vegetable-filled endive, pan-seared Oregon salmon, marionberry lemonade, rosemary and cherry scones, and more.

Presentations

 

10-10:50 a.m.
Keynote: The First Victims of Climate Change
Tykeson Hall 111

The impacts of climate change are felt particularly by indigenous communities that rely on the surrounding water and land for their livelihoods. Learn how one coastal community in Alaska faced the challenges.

 

11-11:50 a.m.

The Laboratory for the American Conversation
Tykeson Hall 204
Learn about this new initiative at OSU-Cascades, and how a recent project on promoting firearm safety in rural primary care settings can help patients at risk of suicide.

Cooking Under Pressure
Obsidian Hall 204
New this food preserving season - electric pressure cookers! Learn how to turn your garden's goodness into healthy and tasty treats. Get tips on the safe use and care of your electric pressure cooker.

Virtual Reality and 21st Century Learning
Tykeson Hall 207
The classroom is changing. In this demo you'll learn how immersive technology like virtual reality can enhance learning.

Bat HUB Talk
Tykeson Hall 205
Learn how researchers at the OSU-Cascades Bat HUB are leading an effort to monitor bats throughout the Pacific Northwest -- and what we can learn about bat populations and more from their studies.  

 

12-12:50 p.m.
Keynote: Six Qualities of Strong Families
Tykeson Hall 111

It's a day to focus on family. Learn the six dynamics that keep families around the world strong and connected.

 

1-1:50 p.m.

Virtual Reality and 21st Century Learning
Tykeson Hall 207
The classroom is changing. In this demo you'll learn how immersive technology like virtual reality can enhance learning.

Bat HUB Talk
Tykeson Hall 205
Learn how researchers at the OSU-Cascades Bat HUB are leading an effort to monitor bats throughout the Pacific Northwest -- and what we can learn about bat populations and more from their studies.  

Artificial Beaver Dams
Tykeson Hall 206
Learn how biology faculty member Matt Orr and student researchers built artificial beaver dams along the Crooked River to help restore stream and plant habitat.

EcoWellness: Outside is Good for Us
Tykeson Hall 204
Learn how your relationship with nature — whether time outdoors or being passionate about the environment — can help you work through challenges, be more creative and stay physically healthy.

 

2 - 2:50 p.m.
Keynote: Robots, Comedy and Beyond
TYKESON HALL 111

A roboticist, educator and performing artist, OSU’s Naomi Fitter will share how robots help us live happier and healthier (and even funnier) lives.

 

3-3:50 P.M.

Gardening and the Central Oregon Climate
Tykeson Hall 206
Tips and practices from an OSU Extension expert about gardening in a high desert environment.

 

Activities and Demos

10 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Augmented Reality Sandbox
Beaver Dam
Experience an AR sandbox, built by students. It projects a topographic map onto a sand landscape in real time.

Kid's Art Activity
Beaver Dam
Kids can color Beaver designs and add their creations to our gallery wall!

10 - 10:50 a.m.

Flavored Vinegar Workshop
Obsidian Hall 204
Infused vinegars enrich food and are easy to make. Learn delicious combinations with an OSU Extension expert, and make a bottle to take home.

10 A.M. - 2 P.M.

Strength and Power Testing for Kids and Adults
Tykeson Hall 209
Benchmark your ability and spark a renewed interest in personal fitness. Our kinesiologists test your grip strength, vertical jump height and jump length.

11 A.M. - 11:50 A.M.

A Portable Way to Measure Athletes’ Performance
Tykeson Hall 209
It's tough to measure human performance when the human is moving. Fortunately, our kinesiologists' new portable VO2 device can do that and more. Come see it in action.

12-12:50 P.M.

A 3D Tour of the Human Body
Tykeson Hall 310
The human body is endlessly fascinating. Come take a 3D tour of the human body on a virtual cadaver, called the Anatomage and learn about our 11 major organ systems.

3…2…1…Launching Micro Rockets with Chemistry
Tykeson Hall 304
Hydrogen and oxygen formed the rocket fuel used by the U.S Space Program. Come to the lab and use chemical reactions to make micro-quantities of these gases and test their abilities as fuel. See who can send a (micro) rocket the furthest!

Robot Races
Obsidian Hall 2nd floor
Bring your mobile phone to control fast-moving Sphero robots and race your friends. Learn how to program the robots to race on their own.

 

1-1:50 p.m.

A Portable Way to Measure Athletes’ Performance
Tykeson Hall 209
It's tough to measure human performance when the human is moving. Fortunately, our kinesiologists' new portable VO2 device can do that and more. Come see it in action.

3…2…1…Launching Micro Rockets with Chemistry
Tykeson Hall 304
Hydrogen and oxygen formed the rocket fuel used by the U.S Space Program. Come to the lab and use chemical reactions to make micro-quantities of these gases and test their abilities as fuel. See who can send a (micro) rocket the furthest!

Robot Races
Obsidian Hall 2nd floor
Bring your mobile phone to control fast-moving Sphero robots and race your friends. Learn how to program the robots to race on their own.


2-2:50 p.m.

A 3D Tour of the Human Body
Tykeson Hall 310
The human body is endlessly fascinating. Come take a 3D tour of the human body on a virtual cadaver, called the Anatomage and learn about our 11 major organ systems.

 

3-3:50 p.m.

Robot Races
Obsidian Hall 2nd floor
Bring your mobile phone to control fast-moving Sphero robots and race your friends. Learn how to program the robots to race on their own.

 

On the Lawn and Patio

Slow-Bike Races
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Zagster Bike Station

Loteria-Spanish Bingo
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bruckner Courtyard
A traditional Mexican game similar to Bingo.

Drink Wheel
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Bruckner Courtyard
Line up to spin the rethink your drink wheel. Learn about sugar in your every day drinks. Prizes!

Games & Hoola Hoops
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bruckner Courtyard
Fun for kids of all ages!

HERS Lab Station
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Obsidian Hall Patio
Learn about field research the lab and National Park Service are conducting in parks throughout the Pacific Northwest.
See displays about studies underway to monitor bats, pika, and vegetation in the nearby John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.  

The Essence of Expedition
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Obsidian Patio

Summit Robotics Demo
10 a.m.- 3:35 p.m.
Bruckner Courtyard
See the amazing creations of Summit High School Robotics and learn how they are brought to life.

Face Painting
11 a.m.- 2:45 p.m.
Risser Memorial Area

Rock Climbing Wall
11 a.m.- 3:45 p.m.
Risser Memorial Area

Fun in the Sun: S’more Solar Cookers
1-3:45 p.m.
Bruckner Courtyard
Come learn some ‘out-there’ facts about our Sun while snacking on a s’more you cooked in a solar oven!

Tours

Bird Walk
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Tykeson Hall Entrance
Grab your boots, binocs and bird book. Join Instructor Dan Gumtow-Farrior to discover the campus’s bird community. New birders welcome.

Explore Public Art on Campus
10 a.m. – 4  p.m.
Obsidian Patio
Take a self-guided tour of the collection of nearly 40 pieces of art acquired by or donated to OSU-Cascades.

Campus Walking Tour
10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Welcome Center
A walking tour of the campus led by an OSU-Cascades student ambassador.
See classrooms and labs, and explore some of the most interesting features of Oregon's newest public university campus.

Expansion Van Tour
12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Welcome Center
Join campus planners on a van tour into the future, when the OSU-Cascades campus will have expanded onto adjacent lands, and grown to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, and to be a model for innovation and sustainability.