High Point University Hosts Sixth Annual HPUniverse Day for Families and the Community
HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 5, 2019 – High Point University welcomed nearly 1,200 families to campus for its sixth annual HPUniverse Day on Nov. 2.
PHOTO ABOVE – High Point University hosted its annual HPUniverse Day event, sponsored by the Department of Physics, on Nov. 2. The community event includes 25 different learning stations and activities related to fields of science for children and their families to enjoy.
High Point University professors, students, alumni and local amateur astronomers organized and led the event, which was sponsored by HPU’s Department of Physics.
This year, attendees enjoyed special guest speaker Dr. Benita Bell, a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, through TED-talk style presentations. Bell was awarded a NASA Administrator’s Fellowship position where she served as a NASA Fellow in the Office of Biological and Physical Research at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“I enjoyed that people of all ages came to participate and experience HPUniverse Day,” said Jordan McClung, an HPU senior, who volunteered at the event. “Overall, it was rewarding to see all the kids and visitors engaged and excited about science.”
Children and their families also experienced 25 different learning stations and activities including robotic space rovers, astronomy jeopardy, a gravity gym, experiments in the HPU Mobile Lab, hovercraft rides and much more. This year, new activities included stomp rockets, chemistry demonstrations and planetarium shows held in the new Culp Planetarium.
“This was our sixth year hosting HPUniverse Day,” said Dr. Brad Barlow, director of the Culp Planetarium and associate professor of astrophysics. “Last year, we had around 600 people in attendance. Since its inception, nearly 4,000 visitors from the Triad have experienced HPUniverse Day. The event has also become a major attractor for alumni to come back and visit with us, which is always nice to see.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.® HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the South, No. 1 for Most Innovative Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching in the South. The Princeton Review named HPU in the 2020 edition of “The Best 385 Colleges” and on the Best Southeastern Colleges “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list. HPU was recognized as a Great School for Business Majors and a Great School for Communication Majors. HPU was also recognized for Most Beautiful Campus (No. 18), Best College Dorms (No. 5) and Best Campus Food (No. 20). For nine years in a row, HPU has been named a College of Distinction with special recognition for business and education programs and career development, and The National Council on Teacher Quality ranks HPU’s elementary education program as one of the best in the nation. The university offers 60 undergraduate majors, 64 undergraduate minors and 13 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the web at highpoint.edu.