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Mark your calendars: ASU’s Open Door welcomes community to all campuses


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  • Gabriella Kemp   |   ASU

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Tempe, Ariz., January 20, 2023 – Arizona State University is excited to announce our free signature Open Door events are back in person following the pandemic and welcoming the community to all campuses beginning Saturday, January 28 through Saturday, Feb. 25.

From 1-5 p.m., visitors can explore research and developments taking place at all our campuses in the form of family-friendly interactive activities. Open Door offers fun, interactive activities, exhibits, inspiring innovations and tours of our urban campuses.

The fun takes place over the course of several Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. beginning with Open Door at ASU’s Downtown Campus on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Join us at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication for an interactive visit to Arizona PBS studios, where Emmy award-winning Arizona Horizon is filmed live weekly and come meet Daniel Tiger of PBS KIDS! Daniel will be available for photographs, please check the website for times.

ASU’s Downtown Campus Open Door experience will also provide the community an opportunity to see our 175-gallon saltwater aquarium and learn more about global warming and its effects on the coral reef. There will also be opportunities for future scientists to create “elephant toothpaste and lava lamp” experiments. Learn CPR and how to make First-Aid kits from our health and nursing professionals. Make crafts, play games, learn to cook healthy new recipes and check out our fashion designs at Fusion on First, where future designers are displaying their creations.

Here’s a glimpse of other interactive exhibits to visit:

ASU West Campus, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4

The West Campus is ready to reveal a sneak peek at real crime scene investigation techniques and more. Come test your skills and find out if what you see on TV is accurate. There will be interactive finger-printing activities and kid-size forensic science techniques available to teach kids tricks of the trade. Herberger Young Scholars Academy will also be holding performances throughout the day at our Black Box Theatre featuring local middle and high school students. You can test your social media IQ, learn how scientists crack DNA codes, bake sweet treats with solar ovens, get a mini business lesson on how to launch your own business and even learn shortcuts to understanding the Braille Alphabet.   

ASU Polytechnic Campus, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18

Our Polytechnic Campus has more than 30 activities and experiences for all ages to experience the fun behind science and technology. Visitors can experience ASU Aviation programs including pilot simulators and a visit to the air traffic control tower that prepares students for careers in aviation; check out our Indoor Farming Lab to learn how to grow delicious vegetables and herbs indoors; and check out the Van de Graaff electrostatic generator while playing with bubbles and pans as a physicist explains how it all works. Take part in the “Minute to Win it” games or make a sling shot into space to win a cool prize. 

ASU Tempe Campus, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

At our iconic Tempe Campus, the activities range from rocket-launching to learning to write your name in Hebrew. The Physics Department will be conducting several demonstrations using magnets, gyroscopes, electron beams and more. Explore Dreamscape Immersive learning where visitors can experience virtual reality. Reptile Row will be open to visitors and there will be opportunities to hold snakes and learn about Gila Monsters. You can learn more about ancient Mayan astrology, take a virtual visit of Teotihuacan, or just play with clay or make slime. Don’t miss you’re your chance to touch a meteorite or catch a 3D astronomy show in the Marston Theater. Tours of Mirabella will also be available.

ASU’s Open Door is about having fun while learning and experiencing all that ASU has to offer. Parking is free. Spanish tours will be available upon request and all campuses will offer “Cafecito con familia” so feel free to bring the whole family including abuelita. There is truly something for everyone.     

To help plan your adventure in advance, download the Open Door App, available on iTunes or the Play Store – or follow on Twitter using the hashtag #ASUopendoor. And if you pre-register, you could also win a free gift bag (one per campus). Check out the full list of events for each campus and be sure to map out your day(s) to get the full experience of Open Door.