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· Booths
Hands-on science demos and experiments
Visit more than 40 different virtual booths where real scientists will show you how to make your own experiments at home!
· Q&A sessions
Ask a Chemist!
Ask UCLA professors Sarah Tolbert and Hosea Nelson about chemistry!
Sarah Tolbert
· Q&A sessions
Ask an Epidemiologist!
Ask me about diseases like COVID-19!
Yixing Chen
· Q&A sessions
Ask a Physicist!
Ask me about physics!
Katsushi Arisaka
· Main stage
Welcome by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block welcomes everyone to EYU!
Gene Block
· Main stage
2020 Science & Education Pioneer Award
Watch as Dean of Physical Sciences Miguel García-Garibay presents the 2020 Science & Education Pioneer Award to Dr. Andrea Ghez!
Miguel Garcia-Garibay
· Main stage
What is a Black Hole?
Join 2020 Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Andrea Ghez, a UCLA professor of astronomy, for a talk about black holes!
· Main stage
Fun with Polymers
Richard Kaner, professor of chemistry at UCLA, will give a talk about how exciting and important polymers are!
· Q&A sessions
Ask a Psychologist!
Ask Dr. William H. O'Brien, professor in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at Bowling Green State University, about psychology!
William OBrien
· Q&A sessions
Ask a Geologist!
Ask Dr. Kevin Coffey, who teaches at UCLA, about geology, rocks, and fossils!
· Q&A sessions
Ask the scientists/Pregunta al científicos!
Bilingual Q&A with Profs. García-Garibay & Jose Rodriguez / Profs. García-Garibay y Rodriguez contestan preguntas sobre ciencia en Español!
Jose Rodriguez Miguel Garcia-Garibay
· Main stage
Why is Antarctica melting?
UCLA Ph.D. students Jordyn Moscoso and Ken Zhao will talk about oceans and melting ice sheets!
Ken Zhao
· Main stage
Unrolling the History of the Earth
Geology Ph.D. student Andrew Parisi helps you unroll the history of the Earth!
Andrew Parisi
· Main stage
Where Our Water Comes From and How it is Treated
Mackenzie Anderson, a Ph.D. student in UCLA's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, talks about water systems and answers your questions!
· Q&A sessions
Ask a Science Communicator!
Ask Dave Farina, host of "Professor Dave Explains" on YouTube, about communicating science!
Dave Farina
· Q&A sessions
Ask an Geophysicist (en inglés o español)!
A bilingual (English-Spanish) Q&A! Ask UCLA professors Jon Aurnou, Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni and Lars Stixrude about Earth's interior!
Lars Stixrude Jon  Aurnou Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni
· Q&A sessions
Ask an Astrobiologist!
Ask Michael Malaska, scientist in the Planetary Ices Group at NASA/JPL, about astrobiology!
· Main stage
Statistical Modeling to Quantitate the Central Dogma
Jingyi "Jessica" Li is a professor in statistics, human genetics, and biomathematics at UCLA who will talk about how statistics helps solve important problems.
Jingyi Jessica Li
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Science in the National Parks
Lindsey Yann is a paleontologist working at Waco Mammoth National Monument in Waco Texas who will talk about science in national parks around the U.S.
Lindsey Yann
· Q&A sessions
Ask a Chemist!
Ask UCLA professor Paul Weiss about chemistry!
· Q&A sessions
Ask an Astronomer!
Ask UCLA professors Smadar Naoz and Tommaso Treu about astronomy!
Smadar Naoz Tommaso Treu
· Main stage
Plants and Climate Change
UCLA Ph.D. student Zoe Pierrat will talk about the effects of climate change on plants!


Andrew Parisi

UCLA Ph.D. student in Geology

Michael Malaska

Scientist, Planetary Ices Group at NASA/JPL

Gene Block

Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles

Tommaso Treu

Professor of astronomy

Lindsey Yann


Jose Rodriguez

Professor of chemistry

Dave Farina

Science communicator

Sarah Tolbert

Professor of chemistry

Jon Aurnou

Professor of geophysics

Smadar Naoz

Professor of astrophysics

Yixing Chen


Lars Stixrude

Professor of geophysics and planetary science

William OBrien

Professor of clinical psychology

Katsushi Arisaka

Professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering

Jingyi Jessica Li

Professor of statistics, human genetics, and biomathematics


Professor of inorganic chemistry

Ken Zhao

UCLA Ph.D. student in oceanography

Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni

Professor of geophysics and planetary science

Miguel Garcia-Garibay

Professor of chemistry and dean of Physical Sciences

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Alpha Chi Sigma Elephant Toothpaste

Elephant Toothpaste Experiment and a Household Color Changing pH Indicator

Archaeology at Home: Garbology!

This is how archaeologists dig!

Battery School

We will have videos with demonstrations related to batteries and electrochemistry. Afterward, we will have students available for questions and chatting.

Biodiversity of Bees

The Bruin Beekeepers at UCLA will talk about the many types of bees that help plants, animals, and people!

Candy Boat Racers Lab

Design boats out of foil to carry candy across the water!

Chromatography Lab - Chemistry in the Kitchen!

What's in pen and marker ink? Can we separate the dyes? Come do paper chromatography with us and find out!

Color, Optics, and Fluorescence

Explore color, refraction, and fluorescence of household items!

Colored Milk Lab - Chemistry in the Kitchen!

Milk and... soap? Learn about the chemistry behind color-changing milk!

Conservation Corner: Penny for Your Thoughts?

Conservators study cultural materials and the science behind how they were made, how they break down over time, and how to preserve them for the future. One of the ways objects can break down is through corrosion, which is a common but dangerous disease that metal objects often face. In this booth, we will teach you how to corrode an object many of us find under our couch cushions: pennies!

Discover New Worlds

Find exoplanets with a robot you can build!

Diviner: The Moon in Infrared

Come learn how scientists at UCLA use a spacecraft to study the temperature of the Moon!

Ecology and Evolution in Action!

There are many ways that scientists study nature - and you can too!

Electricity and Magnetism in Space

Learn how a UCLA student-built satellite studies the aurora and our magnetic shield

Explore Mars

A guided virtual tour of Mars. Explore Mars with actual Mars scientists and images of the Red Planet!

Exploring different water masses in the ocean

Come learn about the impacts of temperature, salinity, and density on ocean water masses and circulation!

Exploring the Solar System with Meteorites!

Learn how scientists use meteorites to make discoveries about our solar system!

Exploring Your Femtoverse!

Come learn about physics on the smallest scales!

Galactic Center Group

The Giant Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy: The Science Behind the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics

GeoLatinas at UCLA

LIVE discussion with geoscientists (Academia)at 12:30pm, geoscientists (Industry) at 2:00pm, and Digging up Dinosaurs Presentation at 2:30pm, plus Plant your own garden demo!

How Old is that Rock?

How do we know how old rocks are? This booth explores relative and absolute dating.

LAUNCHing into STEM: Straw Rocket Lab

Follow along while we show you how to make straw rockets! This is a fun and easy activity to do at home, students will learn why different rockets will not work the same.

Let's Make Waves

Wave phenomena explored with things available at home.

Meteorites & How to Find Them!

Come along with us on a meteorite hunt in the Mojave desert!

Nano: The Big Science of Small Stuff!

Come learn about the bustling field of nanoscience with the California NanoSystems Institute. UCLA graduate students, researchers, and faculty will showcase cool nanoscience demonstrations that you can also do at home.

Nuclear and Particle Physics

Fundamental structure of particles

Oobleck Lab - Chemistry in the Kitchen!

What happens when cornstarch and water mix? Come make oobleck and get messy with us to find out!

Our Magnetic Sun

Unraveling the mysterious magnetic powers of our star

Paper Bridges

In this Paper Bridges activity, we will collect data and explore a relationship between the number of layers in a paper bridge and the breaking weight (number of pennies). The Curtis Center for Mathematics and Teaching prepares undergraduates in careers in teaching as well as collaborates with local school districts to provide engaging and rigorous activities.

Plasma Science and Technology Institute

All about the 4th state of matter!

Psychology in Action

Interactive demonstrations of psychological science.

Red Cross First Aid Basics

Become a first-aid pro and learn how to perform CPR, make splints, create slings, and manage wounds with common household items!

Science and Our Society

Increasing appreciation for science and its applications

The UCLA Science & Education Pioneer Award

Our past awardees share why they love science and work hard to share that passion with everyone

Soap Bubble Topology

Bubbles aren’t just great fun to play with-- they are also the world's simplest computers! Students can create whatever outlines they want and then use curvature, tension, and iridescence to discover their very own minimal surfaces; come and learn how scientists use soap-film analogies to visualize unimaginable shapes, from the tiniest particles to cells to entire multiverses.

Society of Women Geoscientists

Weather in a Jar

SPINlab (Fun with Fluids!)

Join the SPINlab group to have some fun with fluid dynamics! Our volunteers will be carrying out a variety of Do It Yourself fluid dynamics experiments to illustrate how fluids behave, and we will explain how these "simple" experiments can be used to understand phenomena on Earth, Jupiter, the Sun, and more!

Statistics & Probability: Let’s Make a Deal! (Booth A)

What is the best winning strategy?

Statistics & Probability: Let’s Make a Deal! (Booth B)

What is the best winning strategy?

Strawberry DNA Extraction Lab (Booth A)

Extract DNA from strawberries! Or try this method with other fruits at home!

Strawberry DNA Extraction Lab (Booth B)

Extract DNA from strawberries! Or try this method with other fruits at home!

Surface Tension, Density, and Luminescence Lab

Surface Tension, Density, and Luminescence Lab

The Wonder of Minerals

Learn about mineralogy!

Thirty Meter Telescope

A new gateway to explore the Universe

Trash-cano: volcanic eruption in a bin

We will bring active volcanoes to a screen near you with a few simple experiments! Explore how volcanoes explode, why they come in many shapes and sizes, and what simple observations you can make to "read" the history of a volcano just from its shape.

UCLA Interaxon - Neurons

This booth will have a fun presentation on Neurons! We will also have a tutorial so you can make your own neuron out of pipe cleaners!

UCLA InterAxon - Senses

Come to our booth to learn all about Senses! We will also have a tutorial to make a neuron out of pipe cleaners!

UCLA InterAxon - Synesthesia

Our booth will be presenting a fun neuroscience topic called Synesthesia. We will also have a tutorial to make a neuron out of pipe cleaners!

UCLA Meteorite Collection

Live Lectures followed by Q&A with UCLA's Meteorite Scientists

Universe Sandbox- Astrophysics Simulations

Astrophysics simulations with input from the audience.

Virtual Planetarium

Join us for a tour of the sky as seen from Los Angeles tonight, including the moon, planets, constellations, nebulae, and star clusters!

What are Strokes?

Did you know that 1 in 4 people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime? Learn what you need to know about strokes from UCLA Stroke Force members!

Why is Hawaii a volcano?

Come learn why Hawaii, a volcanic island in the middle of the Pacific, is a volcano at all! Watch cool experiments and have a go at some simple sweet experiments in your kitchen. Y si quieren pueden hacer preguntas en español and Mandarin and Thai.. and Italian!