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2018 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 6th. The following are the tours and presentations that are tentatively available for the 2018 CSEF. Registration instructions can be found at the bottom of this page.

Information on 2018 tours and presentations along with registration will be available starting
March 19, 2018 and be open through April 1, 2018. Preregistration for tours during the 2018 CSEF is now CLOSED. You can sign up for some tours on Thursday, April 5th from 8:30 - 11 a.m.


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 25 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!!


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) - Tour is FULL!

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. These fee for these tour is $1.00 per person, and limited to 12 people per tour.

Please wear close-toed shoes.

  • Tour 8A - 11:30 am (Presentation is approximately 1 hour in length) - Tour is FULL!
  • Tour 8B - 2:30 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 25 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)

Tour of the Powerhouse and Overview of the CSU Energy Institute

Come learn about energy research being done by and supported by CSU! This tour will explore the innovative solutions to energy challenges and the work they are doing to achieve a global impact. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person, and limited to 30 people.

Student should have closed toed shoes.

Ask before taking photos.

TRANSPORTATION WILL NOT BE PROVIDED.

Directions to CSU Energy Institute (CSU Transit or Driving)

  • Tour 10A - 1pm (Tour is approximately 1 hour in length)
  • Tour 10B - 2pm (Tour 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 35 people.

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

Secrets of the Marmot and Solar Cars Science Exploration

The yellow-bellied marmot lives in mountainous terrain at high elevation, typically above 6,500 feet.  Food is only available for 4 months of the year, so the marmot must hibernate for 8 months.  How does the marmot survive without eating during this time?  Conduct hands-on experiments to learn more about this marvelous mammal in Secrets of the Marmot (Tour 15A) or learn about engineering design principles using raw materials such as gears, propeller, motors, etc...  to design a car that moves, goes straight, goes fast, and can climb a hill using our Solar Cars STEM kit (Tour 15B). 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)

Next-gen Nanomaterials Chemistry

Behind the scenes tour of next-generation nanomaterials research.  Tour will include visits to active research labs, materials instrumentation facilities, and conversations with researchers involved in advanced materials development for applications such as medical devices, magnetic imaging, photonics, solar cells, and batteries. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person, and limited to 30 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 50 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 30 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)

Campus Sustainability Tour with the Student Sustainability Center!

CSU prides itself on being one of the foremost universities for sustainability in the country, but what actually happens behind the greenwashing? Join the Student Sustainability Center in a tour to explore the real ins-and-outs of sustainability at CSU. Learn about a wide-variety of sustainability endeavors while exploring the university's campus. See sustainability at CSU like you never have before!

The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person, and limited to 20 people.

  • Tour 28A - 11am (Presentation is approximately 1 1/2 hour in length)
  • Tour 28B - 2pm (Presentation is approximately 1 1/2 hour in length)

Tour of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Meet a current Engineering Student Ambassador and take an in-depth tour of our engineering facilities. You will visit the Engineering Building, which houses classroom and laboratory spaces. Additionally, you will tour the new Scott Bioengineering building to learn more about the work being done in this exciting research-pod based facilitty. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person, and limited to 40 people per tour.

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

Tour/Presentation Registration

All tours will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-ordering will begin on March 19th and continue until April 1st. Tour registration confirmations will be sent out by the tour coordinator (Sheridan Sumouske) after April 1st 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 2018 Finalist Tour Registration Form.

Teachers MUST use the 2018 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 5th.

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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