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2017 Tour/Presentation Offerings

The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair is happy to offer a wide range of tours and presentations for finalist and their teachers and family members to participate in on Friday, April 7th. The following are the tours and presentations that are available for the 2017 CSEF. Registration instructions can be found at the bottom of this page.

Preregistration for tours and presentations is HIGHLY recommended.

Information on 2017 tours and presentations along with registration will be available starting
March 20, 2017 and be open through April 1, 2017.

To avoid scheduling conflicts, do not sign up for more than one morning tour/presentation and one afternoon tour/presentation.


CSU Human Anatomy Lab

Get a close-up view of a human heart, brain, liver, lung and other such internal organs. Honors students majoring in Biomedical Sciences at CSU will introduce participants to the study of anatomy through a general tour of the lab facility and a demonstration using isolated human organs will be included for all tours. Viewing of muscles, nerves and vessels of an entire human cadaver will only be available during the afternoon tour, which is limited to adults and Senior Division Finalists. The fee for these tours is $1.00 per person, and limited to 30 people per tour.

These tours will be available ONLY for those who preregister!

Please wear close-toed shoes and be aware that no photos will be allowed while on the tour.

This tour requires a separate permission form for all students - please download and fax (970-491-2005) or email (csef@colostate.edu) to the CSEF by April 1st or you will NOT be allowed to participate!!

  • Tour 1A -for Junior Division Finalists only!! - 11 am (Tour is approximately 1 hour long) - Tour is FULL!
    Required Permission Form
  • Tour 1B - for Senior Division Finalists only!! - 12 pm (Tour is approximately 1 hour long)
    Required Permission Form

National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation

The National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation conserves genetic resources of crops and animals important to US agriculture and landscapes. In addition to being a seed bank, NCGRP is a repository for animal genetic resources in the form of semen and plant genetic resources in the form of graftable buds or in vitro plantlets. This tour includes a look at the plant genetic resources preservation program, the plant germplasm preservation research unit and the national animal germplasm program. The fee for these tours is $1.00 per person, and limited to 20 people per tour. Please note that these tours may be canceled at the last moment if the national security alert is higher than Yellow.

These tours will be available ONLY for those who preregister!

  • Tour 2A - 11 am (T0ur is approximately 1 hour in length) - ONLY 3 spots left!!!
  • Tour 2B - 1 pm (Tour is approximately 1 hour in length)

The Last Flight of 746 (Forensic Sciences)

This is an archeological forensic reconstruction of an SB-17 crash that occurred in the early 1950s. The crash was still in place and revisited on the top of a mountain in Washington state, by Dr. Bob Morrow and his son Michael Morrow, who does forensic engineering work on historic air craft crash site. The site was revisited and reconstructed utilizing up to date techniques. The presentation will take you through the circumstances that lead to the crash and the characteristics of the crash as it unfolded. As well as the US Air Force's explanation of the crash and then the new evidence at the crash site that demonstrated that it was not pilot error. This presentation was made at the American Academy of Forensic Science Annual Meeting in Chicago to exonerate the pilot. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person, and limited to 30 people.

  • Tour 5 - 12:30 pm (Presentation is approximately 1 hour in length)

Electron Microscopy Demo

What secrets can be revealed when we apply the power of resolution? Participants will learn how the transmission electron microscope and the scanning electron microscope work, plus they will get an up-close glimpse of the microscopic world around us and within us. These fee for these tour is $1.00 per person, and limited to 12 people per tour.

Please wear close-toed shoes.

  • Tour 8A - 11 am (Presentation is approximately 1 hour in length) - ONLY 1 spot left!!!
  • Tour 8B - 2 pm (Presentation is approximately 1 hour in length) -Tour is FULL!

Star Lab

Several students from Timnath's Elementary after school Star Lab Club will share their expertise of the night sky and the mythology stories related to these constellations. 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students will present the information in an inflatable planetarium owned by the elementary school. You will never look at the night sky again after seeing the presentation. The fee for these presentations is $1.00 per person, and limited to 20 people per tour.

This lab may be difficult for people with claustrophobia, motion sickness, or limited mobility.

  • Tour 9A - 11 am (Presentation is approximately 45 minutes in length)
  • Tour 9B - 12:45 pm (Presentation is approximately 45 minutes in length)
  • Tour 9C- 1:45 pm (Presentation is approximately 45 minutes in length)

Patents: How Do They Work and Do I Need One?

Intellectual property (IP) consists of several different legal mechanisms for protecting the fruits of scientific research, including patents and copyrights. This presentation will cover the basics of IP and its management, including specific items that researchers should keep in mind now in order to keep all of their options open in the future.  Students seeking both academic and industry careers will find this information valuable as familiarity with IP is increasingly part of the skill set desired for any research management position. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person, and limited to 30 people.

  • Tour 10 - 11 am (Presentation is approximately 1 hour in length)

CSU Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity

The vast majority of Earth's different kinds of organisms are insects and their relatives, the arthropods. Generally, humans do not like living with most of these little creatures, but cannot live without them. These tiny organisms keep the green plants going, are the ultimate garbage disposals, and serve as food for at least 40% of all other animals. Yet, these same insects and arthropods can cause more misery and harm to humans than anything else including wars, famines, and natural disasters. Participants should come prepared to "Look, Listen and Touch" living insects such as hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, giant millipedes and other arthropods. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person, and limited to 25 people.

  • Tour 11 - 11 am (Presentation is approximately 1 hour in length)

Get Critical! and Pico Pong Science Exploration

Join the STEM Educators Club at the College of Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center in learning about fiber optics and data transmission using light signals with our Get Critical! Kit (Tour 15A) or learn to code a simple game (Pong) in the Scratch programming environment with a Pico sensor board and raspberry pi (Tour 15B). Come join us for these fun, hands on experiments! The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person, and limited to 30 people.

  • Tour 15A - 11 am (Presentation is approximately 1 1/2 hours in length)
  • Tour 15B - 1 pm (Presentation is approximately 1 1/2 hours in length)

CSU Introduction to Veterinary Medicine

This presentation introduces the Professional Veterinary Medicine Program (i.e. the Veterinary School) at Colorado State University. It starts out with an introduction to careers available in veterinary medicine and moves on to the criteria for admission to the program in veterinary medicine. This is followed by a presentation on some things that a veterinarian might see in a practice. Finally, participants will tour the facilities involved in teaching the first year students in the Professional Veterinary Medicine Program. The fee for these tours is $1.00 per person, and limited to 40 people per tour.

  • Tour 17A - 11 am (Tour is approximately 1 hour in length)
  • Tour 17B - 2 pm (Tour is approximately 1 hour in length)

Geologic History of the Front Range, Colorado

Many early European settlers came to the Front Range with the hope of riches from gold. The oil and gas industry is now a major part of the local economy. What happened in the geologic past to form these and other resources in our part of Colorado? Why is our local landscape how it is? Join the Department of Geosciences to learn through rocks, fossils and slides, what geologists have been able to reconstruct about the geological history of the Front Range. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person, and limited to 40 people.

  • Tour 18 - 1 pm (Presentation is approximately 1 hour in length)

Medical Mysteries

Are you interested in learning about how microbiologists determine the identity of the bacteria that cause disease? If so, join the "Medical Mystery Tour" in the department of microbiology. Senior Microbiology students at Colorado State University will lead participants through 3 case studies where they will perform hands-on tests to determine the identity of the bacteria responsible for each of the patient's diseases.. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person, and limited to 40 people.

  • Tour 19 - 1:30 pm (Presentation is approximately 1 1/2 hours in length)

Journey Through Space and Time in 3D

Join us as we take a brief journey from the edge of our galaxy to the depths of our DNA. We will focus on the artistic beauty of views of the natural world at greatly different scales in full color 3D. The fee for these presentations is $1.00 per person, and limited to 25 people per presentation.

  • Tour 20A - 11 am (Presentation is approximately 45 minutes in length) - Tour is FULL!
  • Tour 20B - 12:30 pm (Presentation is approximately 45 minutes in length)
  • Tour 20C - 1:45 pm (Presentation is approximately 45 minutes in length)

CSU Campus Tour

Get a first-hand look at the CSU campus by taking a tour with current student ambassadors. Stops include a classroom, residence hall, rec center and historic parts of campus. The fee for these tours are $1.00 per person, and limited to 25 people per tour.

  • Tour 22A - 11:30 am (Tour is approximately 1 hour in length)
  • Tour 22B - 12:30 pm (Tour is approximately 1 hour in length)

Using Your Brainwaves to Control a Computer with Your Thoughts

Injuries and neurodegenerative diseases can result in decreased ability to perform voluntary movements. By detecting patterns in brainwaves recorded using EEG sensors on the scalp, a person's brain activity can be used to directly make choices in computerized applications. This will be demonstrated on this tour. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person, and limited to 30 people.

  • Tour 28 - 2 pm (Presentation is approximately 1 hour in length)

Guppy Lab

Visit the CSU Guppy Lab to see how biologists use small fish to answer big questions about the evolution of different traits in different environments. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person, and limited to 30 people.

Please wear close-toed shoes.

  • Tour 30 - 11 am (Presentation is approximately 1 1/2 hours in length)

Tour/Presentation Registration

All tours will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-ordering will begin on March 20th and continue until April 1st. Tour registration confirmations will be sent out by the tour coordinator (Sarah Coleman) within a few days of registering indicating which tours you have been registered for. A minimum of 10 guests is required for a tour/presentation to operate. Preregistration is now OPEN.

Finalists MUST use the 2017 Finalist Tour Registration Form.

Teachers MUST use the 2017 Teacher Tour Registration Form.

Pick-Up and Payment
Payment is expected at the time of pick-up of the tour tickets. Pre-registered tickets will be available for pick-up in Room 322 of the Lory Student Center on Thursday, April 6th.

Cancellation and Refunds
No refunds will be made for tour tickets unless a tour is canceled. If you have purchased a ticket and cannot go on that tour, then you may sell/give the ticket to another registered party.

Tour Locations
Presentations and tours will begin in or leave from the designated room at the time indicated on the ticket. It is suggested that you arrive at least 15 minutes early as a courtesy to the presenter/tour guide. Tour guides will be provided for those activities not taking place in the Lory Student Center.

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