CORVALLIS - This year, the Oregon State University College of Engineering will spice up its participation in da Vinci Days, with learning adventures that range from goop making and LEGO robotics to the effects of zero gravity during space flights, the liquefaction of soils during earthquakes, and the impacts of tsunamis on coastlines.
The new OSU Wireless Village will feature more than a dozen exhibits and learning stations where participants can learn about engineering and see what engineers do, in this annual festival which celebrates art, science and technology.
"We want to show people in a fun, hands-on way how engineers help make the world a better place," said Chris Bell, associate dean at the OSU College of Engineering. "There will be something for everyone, whether you want to make art with a remote-controlled TekBot, see what it's like to learn in a wireless classroom or just sit in the shade and surf the Internet."
At the OSU Wireless Village, people can also:
The OSU Wireless Village will be open both Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18 on lower campus along 14th Street. The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory will offer guided tours of the new Tsunami Wave Basin and the Large Wave Flume from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tours will be given every 10 to 15 minutes and will last approximately 45 minutes.
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Chris Bell, 541-737-1598