What’s on tap at SFU Surrey’s open house today?

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It will be hands on and high energy when Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus rolls out its annual Global Community Open House today (March 6) from 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Nearly 3,000 visitors are expected to attend and take in more than 60 exhibits and demos, watch colourful cultural performances, and check out displays in the nooks and crannies of the award-winning campus. They’ll also learn more about SFU’s wide-ranging programs and how the university engages with its communities. SFU President Andrew Petter will speak briefly at 6:45 p.m.

Here’s some of what’s to see and do:

• Meet CARL, the robotic lawn mower created by a team of SFU Mechatronics Systems Engineering (MSE) students, just one of numerous student innovations being demonstrated;

• Watch Lego robots "wrestle" sumo-style, courtesy of first-year MSE students;

• Test a face recognition app called FaceCo and create “FaceFries,” based on research influenced by how the artist Rembrandt painted;

• Join a town hall conversation on transit issues for the region;

• Check out how plastic spinal cords are being used in accident simulations to improve injury assessment, treatment and prevention;

• Create "elephant" toothpaste in a larger than life chemistry demo, amid a variety of chemical stinks and bangs;

• Put texting skills to the test in a distracted driving obstacle course;

• Learn how a virtual web crawler is helping to track pornographic and extremist websites to help police solve crime;

• Check out a full-size formula-one racecar and unmanned aerial vehicles that have been designed, built and used in competitions by SFU Surrey students;

• Test how virtual tools developed in SFU Surrey’s Pain Studies lab manage chronic pain, including a 3-D ski adventure game and  "soundwalks" therapy;

• Watch and feel small sea creatures in the biology lab;

• Take in the upbeat taps of Heather Jolly’s Scottish highland dancers and the fast-paced steps of the Surrey Folk Bhangra Club;

• Experience compelling sensations of moving through simulated environments using virtual reality, created in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology;

• Practise target shooting with Nerf guns at the School of Criminology exhibit;

• Dress in period costume with the help of World Literature advisors;

• See demos of green technology being developed by SFU Surrey MSE researchers, including solutions for high power electronics, and green air conditioning/refrigeration systems for service vehicles;

• Watch demos of LED lighting being "stretched" and interactive "origami" projects;

• Step into the shoes of an international student at a photo exhibition;

• Take in the rhythm of steel drums with the Rossi Tzonkov Caribbean fusion ensemble or the delicate moves of the Lorita Leung Chinese Dance Company;

• Watch performances by Surrey singer/songwriter/student Alisha Pillay, Vancouver’s Gio Levy and Inez Jasper, one of Canada’s top Aboriginal artists.

The SFU Surrey campus is located at 13450 102 Ave.

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