CSEF in LSC Ballroom
Colorado Science & Engineering Fair
Judging at CSEF

Colorado Science & Engineering Fair

Tour 1A - Junior Division ONLY!
Engaging Kids in Science Through Hands-on Learning Exercises in Human Anatomy
11 a.m. - 12 noon

Get a close-up view of a human heart, brain, liver, lung and other such internal organs. Honors students majoring in Biomedical Sciences at CSU will introduce participants to the study of anatomy through a general tour of the lab facility and a demonstration using isolated human organs will be included for all tours. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person and is limited to 30 people.

This tour will be available ONLY for those who pre-register!

Please wear close-toed shoes and be aware that no photos will be allowed while on the tour.

This tour requires a separate permission form (pdf) for all students - please download and fax (970-491-2005) or email (csef@colostate.edu) to the CSEF by April 1st or you will NOT be allowed to participate!!


Tour 2A
Fort Collins Historic Weather Station Tour
11 a.m. - 12 noon

Take a tour of one of the longest operating weather stations in the western United States.  Weather observations for research, teaching and public information have been conducted on the CSU campus since the early 1870’s.  This tour will showcase the instruments that are used to measure temperature, humidity, precipitation, evaporation, winds, solar radiation and more. Learn how the data are used and how you can access the data for yourself as well. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person and is limited to 20 people.


Tour 9A
Star Lab
11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Several students from Timnath's Elementary after school Star Lab Club will share their expertise of the night sky and the mythology stories related to these constellations. 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students will present the information in an inflatable planetarium owned by the elementary school. You will never look at the night sky again after seeing the presentation. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person and is limited to 15 people.


Tour 10
National Laboratory for Genetic Resource Preservation
11 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

The National Laboratory for Genetic Resource Preservation conserves genetic resources of crops and animals important to US agriculture and landscapes. In addition to being a seed bank, NLGRP is a repository for animal genetic resources in the form of semen and plant genetic resources in the form of graftable buds or in vitro plantlets. This tour included a look at the plant genetic resources preservation program, the plant germplasm preservation research unit and the national animal germplasm program. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person and is limited to 50 people that will be split into 2 groups.


Tour 15A
Vital Ice STEM Kit Experiment
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn about permafrost and ice cores from glaciers using model ice cores that let you explore real data collected at Denali National Park. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person and is limited to 26 people.


Tour 17A
CSU Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
11 a.m. - 12 noon

This presentation introduces the Professional Veterinary Medicine Program (i.e. the Veterinary School) at Colorado State University. It starts out with an introduction to careers available in veterinary medicine and moves on to the criteria for admission to the program in veterinary medicine. This is followed by a presentation on some things that a veterinarian might see in a practice. Finally, participants will tour the facilities involved in teaching the first year students in the Professional Veterinary Medicine Program. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.


Tour 18A
The Art & Science of Wheat
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Did you know that 1/5 of global calorie intake is from wheat?  Have you ever wondered where your bread comes from?  How agriculture is using high-tech science to address food insecurity?  Join researchers in the Colorado State University Wheat Breeding Program to learn more about wheat variety development and meeting the needs of an ever-expanding world population.  Here students will get hands-on experience with crossing wheat plants together in the University Greenhouses as well as introductory DNA analyses. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person and is limited to 20 people.


Tour 20A
Journey Through Space & Time in 3D
11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Join us as we take a brief journey from the edge of our galaxy to the depths of our DNA. We will focus on the artistic beauty of views of the natural world at greatly different scales in full color 3D. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person and is limited to 25 people.


Tour 30A
Tour of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
11 a.m. - 12 noon

Meet a current Engineering Student Ambassador and take an in-depth tour of our engineering facilities. You will visit the Engineering Building, which houses classroom and laboratory spaces. Additionally, you will tour the new Scott Bioengineering building to learn more about the work being done in this exciting research-pod based facility. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person and is limited to 20 people.

The Colorado Science & Engineering Fair is happy to offer a wide range of tours and presentations for finalists and their teachers and family members to participate in on Friday, April 3rd. The tours listed on the left are AM tours and those on the right are PM tours available for the 2020 CSEF.

Information on 2020 tours and presentations, along with the links to the registration forms will be available starting March 9, 2020 and be open through March 20, 2020.

All tours and presentations will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-ordering will begin on March 9th and continue until March 20. Registration confirmations will NOT be sent unless there is a problem or none of the choices selected are available. Pre-registration for CSEF tours and presentations will close March 20.

A minimum of 10 guests is required for a tour/presentation to operate.

Finalists MUST use the 2020 Finalist Tour Registration Form (opens in new window).

Teachers MUST use the 2020 Teacher Tour Registration Form (opens in new window).

Pick-Up and Payment
Payment is expected at the time of pick-up of the tour tickets. Pre-registered tickets will be available for pick-up in Room 322 of the Lory Student Center on Thursday, April 2nd.

Cancellation and Refunds
No refunds will be made for tour tickets unless a tour is canceled. If you have purchased a ticket and cannot go on that tour, then you may sell/give the ticket to another registered party.

Tour Locations
Presentations and tours will begin in or leave from the designated room at the time indicated on the ticket. It is suggested that you arrive at least 15 minutes early as a courtesy to the presenter/tour guide. Tour guides will be provided for those activities not taking place in the Lory Student Center.

1A - Engaging Kids in Science through Hands-on Learning Exercises in Human Anatomy - 11 a.m.
Junior Division ONLY
1B - Engaging Kids in Science through Hands-on Learning Exercises in Human Anatomy - 12 noon
Senior Division ONLY

2A - Fort Collins Historic Weather Station Tour - 11 a.m.
2B - Fort Collins Historic Weather Station Tour - 1 p.m.

3 - Protein Crystallization - 1 p.m.

5 - The Last Flight of 746 (Forensic Sciences) - 12:30 p.m.

8 - CSU Applied Computing Machinery & Women Club - 2 p.m.

9A - Star Lab - 11 a.m.
9B - Star Lab - 12:30 a.m.

10 - National Laboratory for Genetic Resource Preservation - 11 a.m.

11 - Pleasures of the Arthropods - 1 p.m.

12 - Muscles Alive! - open to anyone from 1:30 - 3 p.m.

15A - Vital Ice STEM Kit Experiment - 11:30 a.m.
15B - Plankton to Plastic Pollution STEM Kit Experiment - 2 p.m.

17A - Intro to Veterinary Medicine - 11 a.m.
17B - Intro to Veterinary Medicine - 2 p.m.

18A - The Art & Science of Wheat - 11 a.m.
18B - The Art & Science of Wheat - 1:30 p.m.

19 - Medical Mysteries - 1:30 p.m.

20A - Journey Through Space & Time - 11 a.m.
20B - Journey Through Space & Time - 12:30 p.m.
20C - Journey Through Space & Time - 1:45 p.m.

21 - CSU Computer Information Systems (CIS) Club - 1 p.m.

22 - CSU Cyber Security Club - 1 p.m.

30A - Tour of Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering - 11 a.m.
30B - Tour of Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering - 12 p.m.
30C - Tour of Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering - 1 p.m.

Tour 1B - Senior Division ONLY!
Engaging Kids in Science Through Hands-on Learning Exercises in Human Anatomy
12 noon- 1 p.m.

Get a close-up view of a human heart, brain, liver, lung and other such internal organs. Honors students majoring in Biomedical Sciences at CSU will introduce participants to the study of anatomy through a general tour of the lab facility and a demonstration using isolated human organs will be included for all tours. The afternoon tour will also include viewing of muscles, nerves and vessels of an entire human cadaver. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person and is limited to 30 people.

This tour will be available ONLY for those who pre-register!

Please wear close-toed shoes and be aware that no photos will be allowed while on the tour.

This tour requires a separate permission form (pdf) for all students - please download and fax (970-491-2005) or email (csef@colostate.edu) to the CSEF by April 1st or you will NOT be allowed to participate!!


Tour 2B
Fort Collins Historic Weather Station Tour
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Take a tour of one of the longest operating weather stations in the western United States.  Weather observations for research, teaching and public information have been conducted on the CSU campus since the early 1870’s.  This tour will showcase the instruments that are used to measure temperature, humidity, precipitation, evaporation, winds, solar radiation and more. Learn how the data are used and how you can access the data for yourself as well. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person and is limited to 20 people.


Tour 3
Protein Crystallization
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Interested in chemistry, biology or engineering? How about all three? Walk out of the Snow Laboratory as a protein crystallographer in training Learn how to use E. coli to make fluorescent proteins, look at beautiful protein crystals under a microscope, and learn first-hand some of the computational programs that we use to design biomolecules! The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person and is limited to 18 people.


Tour 5
The Last Flight of 746 (Forensic Sciences)
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This is an archaeological forensic reconstruction of an SB-17 crash that occurred in the early 1950s. The crash was still in place and revisited on the top of a mountain in Washington state, by Dr. Bob Morrow and his son Michael Morrow, who does forensic engineering work on historic air craft crash site. The site was revisited and reconstructed utilizing up to date techniques. The presentation will take you through the circumstances that lead to the crash and the characteristics of the crash as it unfolded. As well as the US Air Force's explanation of the crash and then the new evidence at the crash site that demonstrated that it was not pilot error. This presentation was made at the American Academy of Forensic Science Annual Meeting in Chicago to exonerate the pilot. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person and is limited to 30 people.


Tour 8
Applied Computing Machinery & Women Club
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Students will learn about ciphers, cryptography and cyber-security through an escape-room like challenge. We will begin with a presentation covering the basics of security, then split into groups to compete to see who can complete the series of puzzles before time runs out! The first group to finish will win a grand prize, other teams who finish will win smaller prizes. These fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person, and limited to 25 people.


Tour 9B
Star Lab
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Several students from Timnath's Elementary after school Star Lab Club will share their expertise of the night sky and the mythology stories related to these constellations. 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students will present the information in an inflatable planetarium owned by the elementary school. You will never look at the night sky again after seeing the presentation. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person, and is limited to 15 people.


Tour 11
Pleasures of the Arthropods
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

The vast majority of Earth's different kinds of organisms are insects and their relatives, the arthropods. Generally, humans do not like living with most of these little creatures, but cannot live without them. These tiny organisms keep the green plants going, are the ultimate garbage disposals, and serve as food for at least 40% of all other animals. Yet, these same insects and arthropods can cause more misery and harm to humans than anything else including wars, famines, and natural disasters. Participants should come prepared to "Look, Listen and Touch" living insects such as hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, giant millipedes and other arthropods. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person and is limited to 30 people.


Tour 12
Muscles Alive!
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

We will be doing live, experimental demonstrations of human neurophysiology and electrophysiology. The attendees are the subjects. Muscles Alive! is an experimental neuroscience education program. There is no fee to visit with Muscles Alive in Room 324 LSC from 1:30 - 3 p.m.


Tour 15B
Plankton to Plastic Pollution STEM Kit Experiment
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Learn about the movement of plastic pollution in the oceans as well as the effects on the oceanic ecosystems. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person and is limited to 26 people.


Tour 17B
CSU Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

This presentation introduces the Professional Veterinary Medicine Program (i.e. the Veterinary School) at Colorado State University. It starts out with an introduction to careers available in veterinary medicine and moves on to the criteria for admission to the program in veterinary medicine. This is followed by a presentation on some things that a veterinarian might see in a practice. Finally, participants will tour the facilities involved in teaching the first year students in the Professional Veterinary Medicine Program. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.


Tour 18B
The Art & Science of Wheat
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Did you know that 1/5 of global calorie intake is from wheat?  Have you ever wondered where your bread comes from?  How agriculture is using high-tech science to address food insecurity?  Join researchers in the Colorado State University Wheat Breeding Program to learn more about wheat variety development and meeting the needs of an ever-expanding world population.  Here students will get hands-on experience with crossing wheat plants together in the University Greenhouses as well as introductory DNA analyses. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person and is limited to 20 people.


Tour 19
Medical Mysteries
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Are you interested in learning about how microbiologists determine the identity of the bacteria that cause disease? If so, join the "Medical Mystery Tour" in the department of microbiology. Senior Microbiology students at Colorado State University will lead participants through 3 case studies where they will perform hands-on tests to determine the identity of the bacteria responsible for each of the patient's diseases. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person and is limited to 30 people.


Tour 20B
Journey Through Space & Time in 3D
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Join us as we take a brief journey from the edge of our galaxy to the depths of our DNA. We will focus on the artistic beauty of views of the natural world at greatly different scales in full color 3D. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person and is limited to 25 people.


Tour 20C
Journey Through Space & Time in 3D
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Join us as we take a brief journey from the edge of our galaxy to the depths of our DNA. We will focus on the artistic beauty of views of the natural world at greatly different scales in full color 3D. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person and is limited to 25 people.


Tour 21
CSU Computer Information Systems Club
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

During this tour, we will be sharing College of Business facilities, alongside Computer Information Systems (CIS) related things, such as why we have a club, and also what the club does. We also plan to host a tour of certain College of Business technology centered facilities such as the server room and the media room. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person and is limited to 50 people.


Tour 22
CSU Cyber Security Club
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Basic cyber security tips and skills: come learn about cyber security, common pitfalls and how to avoid them. The fee for this presentation is $1.00 per person and is limited to 25 people.


Tour 30B
Tour of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
12 noon - 1 p.m.

Meet a current Engineering Student Ambassador and take an in-depth tour of our engineering facilities. You will visit the Engineering Building, which houses classroom and laboratory spaces. Additionally, you will tour the new Scott Bioengineering building to learn more about the work being done in this exciting research-pod based facility. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person and is limited to 20 people.


Tour 30C
Tour of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Meet a current Engineering Student Ambassador and take an in-depth tour of our engineering facilities. You will visit the Engineering Building, which houses classroom and laboratory spaces. Additionally, you will tour the new Scott Bioengineering building to learn more about the work being done in this exciting research-pod based facility. The fee for this tour is $1.00 per person and is limited to 20 people.

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Copyright Colorado State Science Fair, Inc. All rights reserved.
Last modified 3/6/20