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May 26, 2010
Boulder—The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) will offer the public a rare, behind-the-scenes view of their world-renowned scientific facilities during an open house on June 5 to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
The daylong event, at three locations in Boulder and Broomfield, will feature demonstrations of cutting-edge scientific tools, including a research aircraft with specialized instruments; laboratory tours; weather balloon launches; demonstrations of satellite data; an exhibit on supercomputing over the decades; scientific talks; special activities for children; and more.
Other highlights will include a close-up look at the NCAR facility that is used to design and build custom research tools; and demonstrations of newly designed instruments that can help society, such as a snowplow with sensors that relay information about snow and ice on the road.
The event will showcase the broad scope of NCAR and UCAR research, which extends from the ocean floor to the Sun's core and beyond to the stars.
"This is a rare opportunity for the public to see our world-class scientific facilities close up," says Susan Foster, acting director of the UCAR Office of Education and Outreach. "We’re excited to open up our facilities, including many that the public doesn’t usually have access to, so that people can see for themselves the really amazing work we've done over the last half-century and what it means to everyday life."
The open house will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Many of the activities will take place at NCAR’s Foothills Lab campus in northeast Boulder, with additional events at NCAR’s Mesa Lab and its research facility at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield. Food will be available at the Foothills Lab and Mesa Lab cafeterias.
An emergency helicopter will be on hand in the parking lot of our Foothills Lab in northeast Boulder. (Photo courtesy Air Methods.)
All ages invited
Mesa Lab events are recommended for ages 12 and older.
All ages invited
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.