Discovery Day at OSU-Cascades features exploration, hands-on activities and fun

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Discovery Day includes talks, live research demonstrations, tours, food and more.
Sept. 24, 2018

Oregon State University - Cascades will open its doors for Discovery Day, a campus-wide festival that will celebrate OSU’s 150th anniversary and the University’s land grant mission to serve the education and research needs of its communities.

Discovery Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 and is free to the public. The festival will include talks, live research demonstrations, tours of the campus native landscape and future expansion area, a farmers market, children’s activities, entertainment, and food service provided by the Beaver Dam and local food trucks.

Highlights include family-friendly presentations in fields where OSU researchers advance discovery and solutions:

  • Climate Mysteries in Oregon” by Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
  • Wildfire: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” by John Bailey, a professor in OSU’s College of Forestry
  • Oregon’s Amazing Ocean” by Jack Barth, executive director of OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative
  • Puppy Love: Understanding the Human-Dog Bond” by Monique Udell, an assistant professor and director of the Human-Animal Interaction Lab

Activities also include demonstration flights of a drone featuring technology developed by OSU-Cascades researchers; demonstrations using a life-size 3-D digital model of the human anatomy, and an opportunity to cook s’mores with a solar oven.

Presentation topics will range from innovation in snow ski design, to what biologists have learned from fish in Central Oregon rivers, to a discussion with the producer of “Saving Atlantis,” an Oregon State Productions film about coral reefs.

Hands-on education opportunities hosted by OSU Extension experts -- a master gardener, and 4-H Youth and Juntos volunteers -- will feature a flavored vinegar class, stress-free canning, the Oregon Bee Project atlas, an insect display, Spanish bingo and a robotics demonstration.  

The Bend Science Station, newly located on the OSU-Cascades campus, will be open for tours.  

To learn more about Discovery Day visit or contact 541-322-3100 or  Discovery Day is coordinated in partnership with OSU Extension in Central Oregon.

About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in 2015; its new campus opened in 2016.

About OSU150: Since 1868, Oregon State University has brought people together to learn, explore and solve the most pressing challenges facing our state, the nation and the world. OSU is transforming the land grant mission for 21st century universities, enriching lives and leading innovation to create a more prosperous, healthy, sustainable and just future for all. Learn more at