Frequently Asked Questions
We put together a list of questions that participants, parents, and coordinating school districts frequently ask about the Avenues of Scientific Discovery event. Please review these questions prior to coming to NDSU for the event.
If you have any other questions not addressed here, please contact NDSU's Center for Science and Mathematics at 701-231-7015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Avenues of Scientific Discovery?
The objective of Avenues of Scientific Discovery is to show that science is fun and interesting. We also want to make science approachable for high school students, which might guide them into a field of study they would not have otherwise known about or been interested in. More important, showcasing different scientific fields of study allows high school students to experience what science is all about in postsecondary education and the real world.
Who can attend Avenues of Scientific Discovery?
Avenues of Scientific Discovery is open to all high school students in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo community and a few sub-sectors of high school-aged students across the state of North Dakota. Students, or groups of students, move at their own pace to investigate what different science fields are all about. Students participate in the activities, pose questions to graduate students, or just come to see science in action.
Does our school have to pay anything for our students to attend?
No, there is no registration fee.
Why do we have to pre-register students?
Students must be pre-registered for this event. The reason for this is we need to have a waiver signed by their parents that allows them to attend the event. The waivers parents sign are required by the NDSU Police and Safety Office for any minor attending any event on campus. The event itself is generally considered safe and any required personal protective equipment (goggles, rubber gloves, etc.) is provided by NDSU.
Where do we park our school bus?
Event coordinators will give you directions to the designated bus parking. You may also choose to bring a school van.
Is there a fee to park our school bus?
Parking is free for busses and vans when you park in the designated parking area. If you choose to park a school van in one of the visitor lots, please ensure you have paid for a parking pass at one of the pay stations. Your bus or van will receive a parking ticket if you are not parked in the designated parking area.
What should my students do with their coats?
We will have a coat hanging station for students to bring their winter coats. Some schools have also chosen to leave their coats on their bus since students are dropped off right at the door. It is up to your school which option you choose but please ensure students remove any personal items from their jackets to ensure items are not lost.
What instructions should I give my students for the event?
Event coordinators will meet briefly with you and your students in a room separate from the event to give them instructions. You and your students will have an opportunity to ask questions if needed.
Are there enough restrooms near the event?
The Memorial Union offers restrooms right inside the ballroom. There is also another set of restrooms on the same level in the Union. There isn't a gender neutral bathroom located near the event; however, if one is required/preferred event staff can escort your student to the nearest gender neutral bathroom. Each restroom is equipped with a needle collection container for students who may require insulin shots while they are on campus.
Do my students need to bring anything?
Your students are not required to bring anything. If they are interested in taking notes, they are welcome to bring a notebook and pen or pencil.
Is there water available for students?
Yes, there will be water available in the Memorial Union Ballroom with cups available. There is also a water bottle filling station right near the entrance and exit where busses drop off and pick up students.
Are there snacks available for students?
This event will not provide snacks; however, if a student requires a snack they are welcome to bring one. We do require snacks to be eaten outside of the Memorial Union Ballroom. Snacks can distract other students from hearing the workshop leaders and standard lab practice requires students refrain from eating in or near a lab.