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Minds-on, Hands-on Activities

In the afternoon at IdeaFestival Bowling Green, you will get the opportunity to see ideas in action and to make your own ideas come to life. Our minds-on, hands-on activities allow participants to make, create, experiment, and experience — and to talk one-on-one with the scientists, artists, educators, and entrepreneurs who designed them.


IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2018:
What's the Big Idea? 

The following was our line-up at the 2018 festival:

3-D Printing Lab Build out your ideas in real time using 3-D printing pens. Presented by the Kentucky Innovation Network

Animal Anatomy 101 Explore the basic anatomic features that are unique to and the same between various species. Presented by the BioAmbassadors of WKU’s Department of Biology

Are You Smarter Than an Honors College Student? Match up against students from the Honors College in quick-thinking strategy and word games. Presented by the Mahurin Honors College at WKU 

Black History Month Art Exhibit Remember, educate, and celebrate at this WKU student art show. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Presented by the WKU Intercultural Student Engagement Center

Bowling Green Ideas with the Chamber of Commerce Presented by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

Coding Bar Learning to code helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. Dive in with some fun lessons at our coding bar. Presented by Dataseam and the Potter Gray Elementary School Science and Technology Leadership Program

Creating a Profitable Idea: A Makerspace Ideas are easy to come by, but how do we make ideas a reality? Through creativity and planning. The Maker Mobile shows how you take an idea from conception to production and spark creativity in the process. Presented by The Maker Mobile

GRREC Makerspace Explore a variety of Maker items, including Dash robots, MaKey MaKey, Little Bits, e-Textile, and Squishy circuits. Presented by Jennifer Sheffield of the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative

Hand Poetry Trace your hand on a sheet of paper and choose one of the five senses to focus on. Then write about specific, concrete details in order to spark ideas for poems. Presented by Hunter Little, graduate student in the WKU Department of English’s Creative Writing Program

Idea Mentors What’s YOUR big idea? Maybe you arrived at the festival with a vision for a future business, invention, artwork, or new way to see the world. Maybe the morning speaker sessions have inspired you to connect ideas in a different way. If you want a space to share your ideas, hear about others’ ideas, and connect with peers outside of your own school, visit the Idea Mentors — WKU undergraduate and graduate students who will be there to listen, ask questions, and inspire you with their own great ideas.

Maker Games and Soldering Test your reactions and hand-eye coordination as you challenge a friend in our in-house Maker Games. Continue your maker experience as you participate in a drop-in soldering lab. Presented by presented by the Kentucky Science Center       

Painting Intention: What’s the Big Idea? Help paint a mural that explores concepts and ideas inspired by IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2018. Presented by Andee Rudloff

Puppeteering for Television and Film Try puppeteering for TV and film in the style of the Muppets.  Presented bySublime Puppets of Sublime Media Group

Selfie-Station Could your future be at WKU? Get some information and then smile for the camera! Presented by the WKU Admissions Department

Smartphone Microscopes A few simple parts can turn any smartphone into a powerful microscope. Stop by our booth and make your own smartphone microscope. Presented by Rico Tylor of WKU’s SKyTeach

Speaker Chats Have questions for our speakers? Stop by and chat!

SPINtron SPINtron simulates the motions an astronaut would experience in a capsule in a tumble on re-entry. Try out this multi-axis trainer by sitting in a chair mounted on a series of rotating octagonal rings.  Presented by Newton’s Attic

Touching the Future: Graphiti The Graphiti is a multilevel tactile graphics display that allows blind students to access graphical information. Participants will be able to “touch” images, draw and save images, and connect to other devices to view images. Presented by American Printing House for the Blind                                                         

Typewriters, Women’s History, and Images: The Visual Art of Leslie Nichols Typewriters, letterpress, and stamps are tools used by Kentucky-based artist Leslie Nichols to create portraits. Meet the artist, see her work and the unique tools she uses to create it, and make an image with text.  Presented by Leslie Nichols

Virtual Reality Simulators: “It Can Wait” Experience the dangers of texting while driving in an immersive virtual reality simulation. Presented by AT&T                                     

WKU Makerspace Visit a supportive learning environment where diverse people and disciplines come together to create, invent, build, and explore. We will have one-inch buttons, vinyl stickers, graphics pads/laptops, LEGO robotics/bricks, Sphero robotics and LittleBits. Presented by Anne Heintzman of the WKU Makerspace

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February 13, 2019

Van Meter Hall & Downing Student Union
Western Kentucky University


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