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UCI Festival of Discovery

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Exciting and educational interactive programs are being planned as part of University of California Irvine’s Festival of Discovery scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3. The new event is a highlight of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration. It will illustrate the solution-based work of UCI researchers who are solving global issues in energy, healthcare and medicine.

A “Discovery Pass” will invite festivalgoers into interdisciplinary themed pavilions, including Health + Wellness, Ingenuity + Innovation, Local + Global Impact and Arts + Culture.

The Health + Wellness pavilion will feature the School of Medicine and a presentation on how Google Glass is transforming medical care. The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute will be hosting a pediatric mobile eye clinic offering complimentary eye screenings. UCI Athletics will also offer youth sports clinics led by star student athletes and coaches.

In the Local + Global Impact pavilion the School of Humanities and the Spanish-language-learning residence La Casa Nuestra will teach Spanish through interactive card games. UCI Extension’s Kids Painting Table will explore artistic careers through the eyes of Peter the Anteater with a paint activity mini-kit.

The discovery pavilion of Ingenuity + Innovation will welcome Carl-SJR, the award-winning robot developed in the School of Social Sciences that helps children with autism and other developmental disorders. Samueli School of Engineering & Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences will present the daunting challenge of the human-powered aircraft and its advantageous features. A high-performance track vehicle for Formula SAE (Society for Automotive Engineering) competition that was designed, constructed and tested by UCI’s students will be on display.

The Arts + Culture pavilion will present an interactive Shakespearean experience courtesy of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

The Festival of Discovery will kick off with the Anteater 5k and Family Fun Run/Walk at 7 a.m. Participants will “run through the decades” with deejays playing music and themed décor of the 60s through today. The course will finish at the festival event site in Aldrich Park at the heart of the campus.

The festival will also offer a digital lounge and student and community performances. Flashback Heart Attack will perform their live tribute to the 80s. Food trucks including Piaggio on Wheels, The Burnt Truck, Falasophy, Bakerytruck, Dogzilla and Crepes Bonaparte will serve on-site.

Festival of Discovery is a free event. Registration for the Anteater 5k and Family Fun Run/Walk is currently available online and for more information visit http://festivalofdiscovery.uci.edu.

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