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Clemson STEAM Exhibit

Clemson University faculty, students, and staff will showcase the intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in the Clemson STEAM Exhibit. This year’s exhibits are packed with interactive displays, demonstrations, and activities as well as opportunities to talk with Clemson students, faculty, and staff conducting cutting-edge research in engineering, the sciences, and the arts. Visitors will be able to explore holograms and light micro graphs; program drawing robots; create small scale denture models for elephants; visualize music through light; test the pH of food to create intelligent and active packaging; and experience how theatre lighting affects color perception. New pieces from the popular Science as Art collection will also be on display, and visitors will be able to use microscopes that researchers used to create some of these stunning images. Finally, visitors of all ages are encouraged to participate in hands-on activities with EMAG!NE, Clemson’s STEAM outreach network.

Color Booth

Experiment with effects of colored light in this mobile, air-conditioned darkroom. Learn how theatrical lighting designers make informed decisions when picking colored filters for lights on the stage. Visitors can see and play with the effects of colored light on theatre scenery and costumes, and play a challenging guessing game for a sweet prize!

Science as Art 2019

Science as Art has challenged Clemson University students, faculty and staff as well as pre-college students around the state to share the powerful and inspiring visual images produced in our laboratories, work spaces and learning environments. This exhibit aims to excite and educate with science, technology, engineering and mathematics through visually captivating images that are described in basic terms.

HOOKEd on microscopy: Exploring the Magnificent Microcosm

If you have ever wondered what a butterfly’s mouth or a starfish look like under a microscope, you will not want to miss “The Magnificent Microcosm,” sponsored by the Clemson Light Imaging Facility. You will have the chance to look at samples under a microscope and see images from our “HOOKEd on Microscopy” contest.

Drawing with Robots: R2D2 Meets Rembrandt

This automated attraction is an interactive activity that introduces children and young adults to computer programming through art. They write code for the shape they wish to create and download it to a small Scribbler robot that then “draws” their picture. This is a wonderful activity that shows that robots can make art too!

Materials Wonderland!

Shape shifting and jump contests, magic metal and collaborative creation! This exhibition will showcase how origami – the ancient paper folding art – can inspire engineering structures and materials. Meanwhile, there will be shape memory alloys, which will be manipulated into different shapes by participants, then returned to its original shape by dropping them into regular, warm water!

Elephant Dentures

Learn about biomedical engineering and oral hygiene in this interactive exhibit. Make your own elephant dentures using miniature skulls and teeth. Guests can observe how 2D slices from a CT scan can be constructed into a 3D image.

LED Music Visualization

Take a turn singing into a microphone and watch as the notes are displayed as LED lights on a sweater in real time. As music is played, a program analyzes the sounds to provide a visual output to the sweater. The sweater can display four octaves including sharps and flats.

Kinetic Art

Discover the dazzling visual delights of variable motion with these kinetic sculptures. This showcase displays sculptures that utilize wind power, gravity, and motors, providing crazy visual effects. This year we are adding a sand table which create patterns through the interaction of a magnet on a gantry and a steel ball. Come see the Iron Man, Double Pendulum, and Newton’s Cradle!

Packing of the Future

Welcome to the future! All are invited to the burgeoning of active and intelligent packaging, the global market for which is expected to reach $26.7 billion by 2024. Active and intelligent packaging utilizes chemistry, chemical sensors, or biosensors to monitor and improve the quality and safety of food throughout the food chain from production to consumer. Guests can observe different samples of active and intelligent packaging and as well as equipment needed to create this packaging. Guests can also measure the pH of fresh food and not so fresh food using pH stripes; pH is one of the indicators used for active and intelligent packaging.


Guests will fold paper shapes to learn about architectural concepts. The individual paper constructions will be added to a larger structure that will transform throughout the festival. Guests can also experience local spaces as well as recent student projects through virtual reality.

Clemson Visual Arts

This exhibit will feature Clemson student Jordan Fowler’s interactive piece “Primordial Loop” which won first place in the “Immersion” Digital Arts Contest at Clemson. Enjoy the art and learn more about visual arts at Clemson.