Each Spring the Illinois campus welcomes thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their families and friends, for exciting interactions from the famous Tesla Coil concert on the Quad, to hands-on demonstrations and performances. Plan to attend one or more of these Open House events! There’s more to see than you could even imagine.
Engineering Open House 2019
March 8 & 9, beginning at 8 am
Engineering Open House is an annual student-led STEM fair featuring two days of exciting exhibits and captivating competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of engineering students at Illinois. The event is open to the public at no cost. Families, students, and community members are invited to come and experience the atmosphere of innovation and creativity. Get details here.
Friday, March 8, 9 am to 3 pm
Tour greenhouses, simulate the aging process, explore invasive species of the Great Lakes, stick your hand inside of a cow, learn how ice cream arrives in your bowl, and discover why popcorn pops at Explore ACES on March 8! Start your exploration at the ACES Library and join us for a day of interactive experiences and demonstrations that highlight the many opportunities available in the College of ACES. Visit exploreaces.org for more information.
Beckman Institute: Showcasing innovative research
March 8-9, beginning at 9 am
The 2019 Beckman Institute Open House will take place from 9 a.m-4 p.m. Friday, March 8, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 with more than 40 exhibits—many of them interactive—to showcase the work taking place at one of the nation’s leading centers for interdisciplinary research. Fun and educational activities for all ages with no prior registration required. See a virtual reality experience exploring the molecules of life, 3D printing, an explanation of how to build a better battery, and robots demonstrating an engineered “biobot.” Learn about bone structure, liver function, different aspects of the brain, and the inside of the human eye and ear. Other displays will analyze the flow of information on social media, how to improve self-care and health for older adults, explain studies on infant development, and showcase Beckman’s Microscopy Suite and MRI facilities. In addition, a documentary about Arnold O. Beckman, whose vision and generosity helped shape the institute, will be shown hourly.
Students from Stratton Academy of the Arts in Champaign will showcase the school’s partnership with Beckman Institute and other U of I researchers, highlighting the students’ coral reef project as well as their work on clownfish neurology, octopus behavior, and 3D printing coral propagation materials.
Discover Applied Health Sciences
Friday, March 8, 2019 at Huff Hall, 9 am to noon
Come meet faculty in the field and hear from students who are pursuing career paths in health and wellness, medicine, physical therapy, speech language pathology, audiology, event planning, sport management, and sport marketing. You can even check out our clubs and see what they have to offer. Showcased programs of study include: Community Health, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (I-Health), Kinesiology, Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, and Speech and Hearing Science. See more details here.
Education Open House
Friday, March 8, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
The College of Education Open House will provide the opportunity to meet many of the faculty and academic staff members you will work closely with during your college experience, hear directly from current College of Education students about student life, and engage in an interactive project with University Primary School students.
Begin at 1:30 p.m. with a presentation in Room 141 David Kinley Hall, then walk across the street to the College of Education. Get details and the full Open House schedule here.
Art Remastered at Krannert Art Museum
Friday, March 8, 7 to 9 pm
Join us for a Friday night concert by six local musicians who have been invited to choose a work of art on display at Krannert Art Museum and create an original song inspired by it. This free live event begins in the Krannert Art Museum lobby at 7pm and progresses through the galleries. Each musician will play or sing within view of the work of art that is the focus of their performance. Performances will include: Jazz/rhythm & blues by Melvin Knight, Indie pop by Zzo, Rap and hip-hop by Ausar, Indie punk by Shouting Match, Soulful jazz and guitar by Mermaid Heaven, and Ambient psych rock by Ryan Brewer.
Krannert Art Museum is on the corner of Sixth and Peabody. Find out more at https://kam.illinois.edu.
Allerton Mansion Tours
Sunday, March 10
Have you ever wanted to see the inside of the historic Allerton Mansion? Or hear more about the unique history of Robert Allerton and how he created his estate? Here’s your chance! Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm. Each tour is 45-60 minutes and is limited to 20 people.
$5/person (Children 2 and under attend free). Pre-registration is required – tours typically sell out in advance - at https://allerton.illinois.edu/events/public-mansion-tours/
Social Work – MSW Visiting Day
Sunday, Mar 10, 2019, 12:45 - 4:00 pm
The School of Social Work will host the students who have been offered admission to the Master of Social Work program for the 2019/2020 academic year. Students will have the opportunity to meet faculty, current MSW students, and representatives from other offices on campus such as financial aid, graduate housing, and the Office of Minority Student Affairs. Registration begins at 12:45. Find details here.
And, save the date for these future events:
Mediapalooza hosted by the College of Media
Saturday, April 6, at Gregory Hall
Admitted students will meet future professors, classmates, and advisors who can answer all of your questions and tell you why they love the College of Media. Team up on a fun project with current students and faculty, learn our curriculum, and explore student organizations.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 50th-Anniversary Celebration Open House
Saturday, April 13, 9am to noon
Fifty years ago, in April 1969, Herman and Ellnora Krannert joined University of Illinois campus to open the doors of this unprecedented facility. Those first moments set in motion decades of extraordinary creativity and impact. This weekend is a time for friends old and new, near and far, to come together in reflection and revelry, celebrating all that has led to this moment in Krannert Center’s history. Join the Center for a special event featuring guided tours, open rehearsals, and a look behind-the-scenes at this extraordinary facility. More details are here.
Veterinary Medicine Open House
Sunday, October 6
More than 300 veterinary students will host the annual College of Veterinary Medicine Open House. There will be more than 40 exhibits and demos, and lots of animals to see. This event is free and open to the public. More details will be found here.