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Campus & Community Activities

open housesCampus Activities

  • Astronomy and Physics Open House
    Early in the fall semester the Astronomy and Physics departments sponsor an Open House. Hands-on science activities take place all day and include laboratory demonstrations, lectures, telescope tours, outdoor exploratorium, and much, much more. There is something for all ages and it is free to the public.
  • Chemistry Open House
    As part of National Chemistry Week, the Chemistry department holds an Open House during the fall semester each year. A day of exploration, science and fun—experience hands-on chemistry and activities for scientists of all age! Be sure to see the Chemistry Magic Show. Free to the public.
  • Kirkwood Observatory Open Houses
    The 12-inch refracting telescope of the Kirkwood Observatory is open for viewing most clear Wednesday evenings. No reservations are required. Free to the public. Closed between Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break because of weather.
  • Solar Lab Saturdays
    The solar telescope at the Kirkwood Observatory is open to the public on the first Saturday of each month from 1-3 pm. No reservations are required. Free to the public.

Community Activities

Many of IU’s science faculty, research scientists, staff, and students love to share their passion for science by getting involved in community activities by:

  • providing hands-on activities at local elementary science nights
  • visiting classrooms with science experiments
  • volunteering at WonderLab
  • helping Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts with their science badges

In Need of Science Expertise and Help?

Contact the Office of Science Outreach by sending your help request to or by calling 812-855-5397.