Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For the second year in a row, Binghamton University traded the classroom for...the shopping mall.
Live music filled Oakdale Mall as Binghamton University set up shop for the afternoon.
From science to culture, nearly 200 students and faculty showed off their work to shoppers.
BU Graduate and Mom, Sheryl Nale, loves science and wants her kids to love it too.
"Their eyes just light up and they're amazed at all the different things that they're seeing," said Nale, "We were at the physics table over there and my daughter had this wand and was floating this piece of aluminum. It was just incredible."
The university hopes to turn that youthful excitement into applications.
"We're one of the best universities in the country," said B.U. President Harvey Stenger, "So why do you have to go to far away if you can find something right in your own backyard that's so great."
Kids and adults could play with all sorts of machines. Robotic arms, dipping balloons and tennis balls in chambers full of liquid nitrogen, and solar powered machines were just a few examples.
And then there's Noel, a blinking, breathing, and birth giving dummy.
Even Elmira certified nursing assistant Monica Green jumped at the life-like dummy.
"I had no idea what it was," said Green, "I was walking by it and saying, why is that thing blinking. I thought it was real."
Noel helps nursing students try out their skills before working on a real patient.
B.U. student Anthony Chen enjoyed showing people how Noel worked.
"I feel like a lot of students don't necessarily get involved with the community as much," said Chen, "So I think this is a great way to get involved with the community."
The school says it's planning other ways to bring its students out into the community.