SFU Surrey open house expected to draw 3,000 visitors Wednesday

Campus at Central City tower opens doors March 2 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Good for Grapes in concert.

SURREY — Battling robots, an exoskeleton demo, touchable sea creatures, wearable technology and student innovations are some of the visual features of Simon Fraser University’s 50th Celebration Open House at its Surrey campus on Wednesday (March 2) from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Nearly 3,000 visitors are expected to take in more than 60 exhibits and demonstrations, watch cultural performances and check out displays and activities throughout the campus, located at the Central City tower.

SFU President Andrew Petter will welcome the community at 6:30 p.m., followed by a brief 50th anniversary celebration.

Other attractions at the event, as described by SFU’s PR office:

• Visit Innovation Row at the Beedie School of Business exhibit to see how students are turning ideas into successful ventures, from Brewstr, creators of an automated/customized home brewing kit, to start-up Artemis Technologies, using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to provide aerial photography for grape farmers;

• See the UAV created by students from Team Guardian for an upcoming national competition (winners of BCIT’s recent drone fair);

• Interact with sea stars, sea cucumbers, and other marine life native to B.C. waters at the biology lab;

• Examine preserved rats, and the skulls and skeletons that make each animal unique;

• Take a detailed look at fungi and listen to giant cockroaches hissing;

• See a computer-controlled component demonstration of a Halo video game cosplay suit by computing science students, and a sound-to-light display controlled by playing a guitar

• Visit the Pain Transforming Lab and experience how Virtual Reality (VR) can make a difference in managing pain;

• Check out alternative energy conversion systems, LEGO Mindstorm robots, an exoskeleton and other demos by Mechatronics Systems Engineering;

• See the latest projects from Interactive Arts and Technology, such as Moving Stories, a digital art exhibition exploring movement through computation; Into the Forest, an art installation about deforestation that creates immersive interaction through sounds, and Recoil, a jacket covered in leaves that retreat from human touch;

• Check out the Earth Sciences’ hands-on display of samples, models, and other visual aids that introduce or further knowledge of the earth;

• Hear how students with Enactus SFU, an entrepreneurial action group, are impacting the community with their Soap for Hope initiative, which up-cycles lightly used bar soap, and other initiatives that address community needs;

• See 3-D printer demos, and a wide range of 3-D parts and other objects created on campus for a variety of projects and research;

• Spin the wheel of fortune for free tuition at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences wheel and participate in a crime scene at the criminology exhibit.

• For live entertainment, hear the SFU 50th anniversary song created by student Caleb Sung and a piper from the six-time world champion SFU Pipe Band, and watch the Heather Jolley Highland Dancers;

• Take in the fast-paced steps of VanCity Bhangra and the delicate moves of the Lorita Leung Chinese Dance Company;

• Watch performances by Jerrica SantosTrevor HoffmanThe Simpson brothers, and headlining act, Surrey-based indie-folk/alternative band Good for Grapes, 2014 Peak Performance Project winners.

 

 

Just Posted

Surrey, Santa Claus is coming to town with lighted trucks

Special events in Cloverdale and Surrey Civic Plaza on Dec. 2

A ‘Peter Pan’-to opens in Surrey this week, and tickets are being snapped up

Show at Surrey Arts Centre is produced by FVGSS, A Musical Theatre Company

Threatened frog re-discovered in Delta Nature Reserve

The Burns Bog Conservation Society is asking residents to report sightings of the red-legged frog

Fire destroys home in Surrey

Crews called at 3 a.m. Sunday for a residential house fire on the 12000-block of 100 Avenue

Operation Red Nose returns for 17th year in Delta, Richmond

Last year the program saw 358 volunteers come together to offer rides to those in need

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

1st Indigenous woman to start Canadian airline looks to B.C.’s remote regions

Teara Fraser is the first Indigenous woman in Canada to start her own airline, called Iskwew Air

B.C. fire chief learns from California fires

Chief Travis Whiting and Kelowna Fire Department learn from the devasting U.S. fires

Prosecutors appeal B.C. cops’ acquittal of sex assault charges in Cuba

Port Moody’ Const. Jordan Long and Vancouver’s Const. Mark Simms were acquitted last week

Examine ‘monstrous’ allegations of forced sterilization of Indigenous women: NDP

The issue of forced sterilizations will also be raised at the UN Committee Against Torture

Canada Post ‘cooling off’ period won’t resolve postal dispute, says CUPW

CUPW national president Mike Palecek says the union isn’t holding rotating strikes to harm the public

Calgary city council votes to shut down bid for 2026 Winter Games

More than half of those who went to the polls voted ‘no’ to bidding for the games

Union offers support following B.C. mine death

Death of B.C. mine worker described as a wake up call for industry

Most Read