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Media Advisory: Photo Ops – What's on tap at SFU's Surrey Campus Open House on Mar. 2

February 29, 2016

Marianne Meadahl, University Communications, 778.782.9017/604.209.5770;

Battling robots, an exoskeleton demo, touchable sea creatures, wearable technology and savvy student innovations are just some of the visual features of Simon Fraser University’s 50th Celebration Open House at the Surrey campus on March 2, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Nearly 3,000 visitors will take in more than 60 exhibits and demonstrations, watch cultural performances, and check out displays and activities throughout the architecturally 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 welcome the community at 6:30 p.m., followed by a brief 50th anniversary celebration.

Among things to see and do:

  • 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; and 
  • 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.

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As Canada's engaged university, SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. SFU was founded 50 years ago with a mission to be a different kind of university—to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning, embrace bold initiatives, and engage with communities near and far. Today, SFU is Canada’s leading comprehensive research university and is ranked one of the top universities in the world. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 135,000 alumni in 130 countries around the world.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities

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