By Lauren Koski | Assistant News Editor
The second annual Long Night of Arts and Innovation was held Oct. 10 in downtown Riverside to promote science and technology and educate the public on how science is expanding.
Students and faculty from California Baptist University brought projects they worked on this semester as a service project to the community—sharing the mysteries of science with the public at no cost.
The event was an opportunity for students to gain experience not only in service to the community, but also to engage in work they will be doing someday.
“We got design experience, teamwork experience, and we got to bring our product out to the public so people can gain some interest in engineering,” said Ryan Hall, sophomore mechanical engineering major.
Hall spent approximately 20 hours in the workshop with his three other teammates to create an improved replica of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Cam Hammer to show to the public. The invention, a hammer operated by the use of a lever rather than a human hand, was slightly upgraded to decrease friction and increase durability.
Cameron Giger, freshman computer and electrical engineering major, presented his team’s project on NAO robots, a French robotics company located in Paris. They captivated the children who attended with the robots’ entertaining program and overall usefulness.
“It is awesome to see these kids get excited for science,” Giger said. “Science is really a big thing now. It is great to emphasize other things, and I believe they should, but especially with the way it is now, there are so many possibilities with science.”
Kinesiology and nursing students were also present to engage the public in the science behind medicine.
Students from CBU’s School of Nursing spent the evening educating people on the potential disasters that the city could face through a disaster relief video it created this semester. Nursing Students were also on hand to take blood pressure and allow children to listen to lung and heart sounds.
Ashlee Reynolds, junior nursing major, said she felt this opportunity was a perfect way to impact the community and share the love of Christ.
“Being at a Christian school, it is nice to not only help people, but to potentially get people interested in Jesus and how we can interact our beliefs with helping people spiritually or physically,” she said.
CBU students shared their creativity and knowledge with the city of
With their new scientific developments, they helped prepare the way for future scientists and artists to thrive as well.