Experiences

Experiences are your opportunity to participate in 30-minute, interactive activities designed to learn more about each of the majors offered through the College of ACES. There will be different Experiences offered throughout the day at 10:00, 11:00, 1;00, and 2:00. You can select the Experiences that fit your interests and discover what may be in store for your future. Below you will find the schedule of Experiences offered throughout the day!

10:00 am 

Tragedy of the Commons – Goldfish Edition | Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Fighting for goldfish, this game models how real people make decisions about scarce resources — it’s the foundation of economics!

Calming Children During Medical Procedures | Human Development and Family Studies
Learn how to help children cope with a frightening or painful medical procedure by making “discovery bottles”. 

Chemical Reactions in Agricultural and Biological Engineering | Agricultural and Biological Engineering

All About Man’s Best Friend | Animal Sciences
Join us for a class about the in’s and out’s of our favorite furry companions. We will discuss companion animal behavior and maybe even teach you a thing or two about training that you can take home to teach your own dog or cat!

Grow Your Own Plant | Crop Sciences
Plant a seed to take home and learn the first thing about plant growth and development with our horticulture food systems experts!

Puke Prospector | Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Examine real owl specimens to learn about their adaptations and their diets – then dissect their pellets!

The Official Snack Food of Illinois:  Popcorn | Crop Sciences
Find out what’s poppin’ in Crop Sciences! Learn the origin of popcorn and the science behind why it pops!

Tour the Processing Pilot Plant | Food Science and Human Nutrition
A guided tour to provide a glimpse of the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition’s small food production facility. 

Unlocking Your Potential in Agricultural Education | Agricultural Leadership and Science Education
During this program activity, you will work together to solve lock boxes as you learn about the Ag Ed program!

 

11:00 am

Ice Cream and Agriculture | Agricultural and Consumer Economics
How are ice cream, law, and agriculture related? Come enjoy a sweet treat and learn about how policy and changes in agriculture affect the prices of goods.

Beef Cattle Nutrition | Animal Sciences
Join us for a hands-on mini class about ruminant nutrition and the cool ways we use animals in our classroom experiences. Yes, you will actually get to your arm in a cow!

Ooblek: The Anti-Slime | Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Discover the Multitude of Career Opportunities within Agriculture | Agricultural Leadership and Science Education
Work together as a team to solve lock boxes to discover all of the careers available to students studying agriculture!

Invasive Species of the Great Lakes | Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Take a look at invasive species of the Great Lakes and learn all about how they got there!

Restaurants Behind the Scenes | Food Science and Human Nutrition
An interactive look at the secrets of a successful restaurant operation with the hospitality management faculty and staff. 

Telling the Story About Popcorn with Popcorn Tasting | Agricultural Communications
Participants of this experience will learn about communication methods through the popular agricultural crop, popcorn, and will have the opportunity to taste multiple different types!

The Official Snack Food of Illinois: Popcorn | Crop Sciences
Find out what’s poppin’ in Crop Sciences! Learn the origin of popcorn and the science behind why it pops!

Drone Zone: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles of the Sky | Crop Sciences
With their bird’s eye view and advanced sensors, learn how drone technology is transforming food production, increasing productivity, and making sustainability a priority.

Calming Children During Medical Procedures | Human Development and Family Studies
Learn how to help children cope with a frightening or painful medical procedure by making “discovery bottles”. 

 

1:00 pm

Money Habitudes | Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Are you a budgeter or an impulse buyer? Come join the ACE Ambassadors, along with Professors Craig Lemoine and Paul Stoddard and learn what kind of spender you are!

Diagnosing Sick Plants | Crop Sciences
Did you know that just like humans plants can get sick too? Learn how our Crop Scientists help pumpkins and other crops feel better. 

Eating Dirt | Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Learn about the science behind soils by making your own soil profile!

Food is Fun Nutrition Challenge | Food Science and Human Nutrition
Join us for a game show and food tasting to explore nutrition with Nutrition faculty member, Toni Burkhalter.

Grow 70 years older in 10 minutes! | Human Development and Family Studies
Join this fun sensory-motor aging simulation activity to better appreciate the daily challenges and obstacles many adults face as they age. 

Hydroponics | Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The Sensory Challenge | Animal Sciences
Join us for a sensory discussion about everyone’s favorite food group, meat. We will talk about the ins and outs of sitting on sensory panels, and of course, try some products.

Telling the Story About Popcorn with Popcorn Tasting | Agricultural Communications
Participants of this experience will learn about communication methods through the popular agricultural crop, popcorn, and will have the opportunity to taste multiple different types!

 

2:00 pm

Buy! Trade! Sell! | Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Join us for a fast-paced game of Pit where we will get hands-on experience with trading and learn about commodities in the process.

Chemical Reactions in Agricultural and Biological Engineering | Agricultural and Biological Engineering

What’s in My Milk? | Animal Sciences
Join us for a class all about milk, and how it’s made. We will talk about the components of milk, and definitely do some taste testing. 

Invasive Species of the Great Lakes | Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Take a look at invasive species of the Great Lakes and learn all about how they got there!

Telling the Story About Popcorn with Popcorn Tasting | Agricultural Communications
Participants of this experience will learn about communication methods through the popular agricultural crop, popcorn, and will have the opportunity to taste multiple different types!

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to Explore ACES!

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) invites you to join us at Explore ACES -a fun, interactive day to learn more about the academic and career opportunities available through ACES!

We understand that choosing a college is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your lifetime. You can only learn so much through hearing about the institution through word of mouth or testimonials. That’s why Explore ACES was created. Explore ACES is not only a day where you can see the college and what it has to offer, but experience what your future could be.

The day will include a variety of activities designed to give students an inside look at ACES and the chance to ask questions and learn about different areas of the college and university. Some of these activities include:
– Interactive, hands-on Experiences hosted by our academic departments
– Numerous interactive booths hosted by our student organizations
– Tours of the ACES Quad
– A resource fair that will include representatives available to answer questions about Study Abroad, Housing, Greek Life, Student Support, Scholarships, and more!

Imagine your future by attending Explore ACES. Find out what academic and career opportunities await you with the College of ACES! 

Registration for Explore ACES is not required, but it does assist us in preparing for the event and ensuring that we are prepared to answer your questions and address your interests!

We hope to see you there!