ASU Open Door 2018

Arizona State University hopes to spark the next generation’s imagination with ASU Open Door, a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival. During the free Open Door events, adults and children of all ages are invited to take a sneak peek at the learning spaces that help make ASU the most innovative university in the nation.

The four-campus event celebrates the power of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) with more than 340 hands-on activities, performances, demonstrations and games. The campuses open their doors on different nights:

• Jan. 26 — Polytechnic campus
• Feb. 2 — Downtown Phoenix campus
• Feb. 10 — West campus
• Feb. 24 — Tempe campus

“What makes the ASU Open Door event unique is that we open the four campus locations to the community and allow them to enter the spaces normally closed to the public,” said Darci Nagy, ASU special events manager. “Visitors are able to go into classrooms and talk to faculty and students who are excited about what they’re working on. Not only are they inside these classroom spaces, there are activities where children — and adults — can learn from hands-on activities.”

Each ASU campus has a unique personality and feel, with different activities that match its environment. The Tempe campus ends the event but keeps the excitement going. At this event young wizards should be on the lookout for dementors while using their wands to correct misspelled words with English education students. After leaving Hogwarts, test your skills and tackle the ROTC obstacle course. If you’re here for the science, drive an underwater robot, see and touch real meteorites, make your own tiny robot and don’t leave before visiting reptile row or getting a picture of yourself in infrared.

“This is a very interactive experience,” Nagy said. “We have hundreds of activities for every interest you can think of. If you’re into forensic science, music, bugs, rockets, reptiles, the moon, dancing or want to run through an obstacle course, we have it. There is so much to do whether you come visit us for an hour or five. Every campus is a different experience. Looking at activities ahead of time, picking the ones you really want to see and bringing your walking shoes is always a good plan!”

With so many activities to consider, ASU Open Door also offers an app through Devils on Campus (Android or iOS) to help visitors choose activities in advance and navigate each campus. Follow all the excitement on Twitter @ASUopendoor and Facebook at

“Our Sun Devil community looks forward to this every year, the chance to say ‘come on in’ and share why ASU is the most innovative university in the nation,” Nagy said.


Read original article on ASUNow here to learn more about the exciting events held at the other three ASU campuses, or visit the official page here.