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February 4, 2016
at 7:35 pm



Experience STEAM Happenings –A Night That Opens Minds and Possibilities

Arizona State University (ASU) once again hosts its signature community event, ASU NIGHT OF THE OPEN DOOR, a night when the entire community is invited to see and experience the creative energy that powers a world-class university, with hundreds of interactive activities and student, faculty and staff volunteers.  Visitors can explore laboratories, living collections and museums on all five of ASU’s campuses, as well as experience artistic performances, hands-on activities and spaces normally closed to public view. Learn just what is going on behind all those walls, buildings and ASU campuses throughout the Valley.

Attend this event on any of the campuses and it is no mystery as to why ASU was recently recognized as the #1 most innovative school in the country (US News and World Report 2016). At the core of its #1 rating are the fundamentals of ASU and driving forces behind this world-wide recognition:

  • ASU’s innovative faculty and staff provide students a quality education and the tools to succeed
  • ASU’s quality programs prepare students for an ever-changing globally-connected world
  • Through research, ASU’s goal is to develop solutions to real-life challenges for communities, local to global

ASU, a foundational partner of the AZ SciTech Festival, is a natural connection since ASU Night of the Open Door brings together ASU with the entire community, while showcasing serious STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) research in a fun, unintimidating and exciting atmosphere.

Who should attend ASU Night of the Open Door? Families; AZ Schools K-12; local communities, girl scouts, boy scouts; faculty and staff; all ages, all generations. Why? Margaret Coulombe, Director, ASU Executive Communications readily answered, “…attendees at Night of the Open Door often discover they do have an interest in STEAM; often times in areas they never imagined would inspire and excite them and all because they had the opportunity to experience such a wide variety of areas, easily accessible and available to them in one night…” This one night might inspire a new direction in a person’s life, can make a change in that one life or possibly many lives, especially when children, who are the future, are excited about science and the arts.

It is  impossible to list all that you can do here; however, we can give you a sampling of the exhibits and activities you could participate in. To help plan your visit, you can download the new Night of the Open Door app: or go to But be forewarned, it’s not easy to decide! So, make an evening of it and enjoy all the sights, sounds and delights that await you at ASU’s Night of the Open Door.

To register, please click: … AND … if you pre-register, you get a chance to win a free prize, in addition to your free glow wand at the welcome boothss (limited quantities, first come, first serve).


  • High Performance Hybrid Camaro
  • Solar and Aquatic Robots • Human Sized Bubbles and Slinkys
  • Noodle Soccer and Beep Ball
  • 20+ Foreign Language Lessons
  • Moon, Mars, Exoplanets and More
  • Arizona Rubik’s Cube Competition
  • Create Your Own Game or Comic Book
  • Design a Website or App
  • Football Trivia and toss game
  • Salt Water Fish and Zoo Animals
  • Nursing as a Career
  • Engineering and Nanotech Lab Tour
  • Sustainability Solutions Festival Downtown
  • Student Film Festival
  • Rugby Clinic
  • World Art Scavenger Hunt
  • Make International Puppets & Flags
  • Scale the Climbing Wall
  • 3D Printers and Puzzles
  • World-wide Karaoke, Art & Dance
  • Biodesign Institute Demos and Fun Zone


Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, 4-8 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, 4-8 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, 5-9 p.m.


Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, 4-8 p.m.


Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, 4-9 p.m.

Is SPACE your thing? Plan time for the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)

  • Robotics, meteorite displays, lab tours and talks
  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Science Operations Center
  •  Mars Space Flight Facility (Moeur Building)
  • Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies (NASA Regional Planetary Information Facility) and 3D Marston Exploration Theater shows.

STEAM is extremely important for our children, our state and our country; students currently in our schools, as well as future generations of students, must be provided opportunities and encouraged to understand and embrace the technology that affects them every day of their lives. ASU, along with AZ SciTech Festival, supports this investment on every front.

As Coulombe so aptly remarked, “You don’t know you can become something, if you don’t know it exists. Children, students of all ages, parents and grandparents have the chance to reach out and grab the future they want.”

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