Science of Invention Festival at NHMU this Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY– Some of Utah’s most innovative scientists and inventors will gather on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to showcase their cutting-edge work at a Science of Invention Festival at the Natural History Museum of Utah, Rio Tinto Center, 301 Wakara Way, University of Utah. For the price of admission, the public can interact with new technology from industry leaders such as Microsoft and Sarcos Robotics, meet local inventors who have successfully taken their ideas from shop to shelf and test their innovative spirit with hands-on design challenges. The festival is presented in conjunction with the Museum’s visiting exhibit, Nature’s Ultimate Machines, featuring design ingenuity in nature that has inspired scientists worldwide.

Organizations showcasing their work at the festival in the Museum Canyon include:

Clark Lab – Developers of the DEKA “Luke Skywalker” arm, an advanced, sensorized arm that allows users to move the hand just by thinking it and feel the sensation of movement.

Clean Fare App – Tracks when app-users use clean transportation and rewards them with discounts and coupons to local businesses.

Coloclean – All-in-one colonoscopy prep kit to help users receive an effective colonoscopy and prevent colon cancer.

First Utah Robotics – Mentor-based programs engaging young people to be science and technology leaders.

Frankenbike – Custom bicycles that showcase what people can do with trash they throw away.

Hero Glove – 11-year-old Allie Robins invented a glove to protect the hands of children and adults during food preparation.

Lit Outdoors – Reinventing the camping experience with the first freestanding, portable hammock-tent, the “Tammock.”

University of Utah Mechanical Engineering – Integrates substantial hands-on practical and professional experience with advanced technical instruction.

Microsoft – Applies the power of technology to ensure corporate responsibility, safeguard human rights and protect the planet.

Sarcos Robotics – Global leader in developing and producing robotics that assist in public safety, security, disaster recovery and more with tech like the wall-scaling ‘snake robot.’

Ugoku – University of Utah Lassonde Institute students are developing a full-body virtual reality suit more immersive than any other on the market.

University of Utah Chemical Engineering – Problem solvers applying scientific knowledge, technical expertise and creativity to make useful materials, efficiently and safely.

University of Utah Multidisciplinary Design Program – Redefining the design language with a unified front of academics, professionals and students.

VIBE Wellness – A unique fusion of physical therapy and yoga principles that builds awareness, mindfulness and self-healing in customized, private yoga sessions.

Shop Talk Lectures in the Swaner Forum will feature:

  • 12:30 p.m. – Elpitha Tsoutsounakis, Design and the Creative Process
  • 1:30 p.m. – Allie Robbins, Entrepreneurial Inspiration
  • 2:30 p.m. – Dr. Greg Clark, Luke Skywalker: From Science Fiction to Real-World Science & Engineering

Test your knowledge of Utah inventions during a diabolically fun piece of theater featuring an ‘evil genius’ running every hour throughout the day. Design Challenges for all ages will also take place around the Museum including a Transportation Challenge in the Earth Lab, a STEM Challenge in the Naturalist Lab, and an Engineering Challenge in the Dry Caves area. And, guests will be invited to ponder how inventions have impacted their lives (for good or ill) and share their thoughts on the Talk Back Wall.

“We’re very excited to give the public an opportunity to connect with local inventors, scientists and engineers and to see their fascinating work up close at our Science of Invention Fair,” said Sarah George, executive director of the Natural History Museum of Utah. “Our current visiting exhibit, Nature’s Ultimate Machines, explores the mechanics of how everything in nature is built from the inside out to move, adapt and survive. Understanding the inner workings of plants and animals has led to breakthroughs in science, engineering and technology in Utah, and we wanted to celebrate the work of University of Utah scientists and local and national companies whose work has benefited and dramatically changed our lives.”

Museum general admission includes both the fair and the Nature’s Ultimate Machines exhibit that presents more than 130 specimens, replicas, videos, interactive displays and biomimicry innovations that illustrate the great diversity of biological designs. For additional information, visit


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