Mentor Day Activities

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence

Oklahoma Mentor Day

Mentor Day Activities

Join us for these fun and educational activities following lunch in the Union Ballroom. Thank you to the many OU faculty and students hosting these fun and educational activities for our Mentor Day guests.

Meet Boomer and Sooner
, OU’s Football Mascots!

Make Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream –
Presented by the Chemical, Biological & Materials Engineering Department, Gallogly College of Engineering.  

Hands-on-Science! – View plant and microbial samples under the microscope, conduct DNA isolation and test plants for sugars. This activity is sponsored by OU’s Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology.   

Get Creative! – Choose a magazine image and design your own art to accompany the image. Mentors and mentees alike will have fun with this creative activity hosted by the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.


Giant Piano: Make Music with Your Feet – Remember the giant piano featured in the movie “Big?” You, too, can make music with your feet with a giant piano, presented by Alan Hicks, Oklahoma Media Company’s 2017 Mentor of the Year.

Future Occupations Activity-Social Media Photo Op –
Mentees can don a cap and gown and make a sign illustrating what they want to be when they grow up. 

Thank Your Mentor! – An activity and photo op for all ages.  Thank your mentor and share your message on social media!

Leadership Lessons – OU’s Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will offer a problem solving-leadership activity and information about the American flag.

Blue Thumb Program –
Learn how you can help protect Oklahoma’s streams and rivers with fun, hands-on activities sponsored by the Blue Thumb educational outreach program of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Water Quality Division. 

We also thank these OU programs which are hosting activity and information tables: 

  • OU Admissions and Recruitment and Diversity Enrichment Programs
  • The Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work
  • The Department of Mathematics
  • The College of Architecture
  • The Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability, College of Atmospheric & Geographic Services 


Participants are encouraged to take one or more optional afternoon tours on OU’s south campus to enjoy some the unique educational facilities available at the university, including:

Innovation Hub, 3 Partners Place, 201 David L Boren Blvd.
The Innovation Hub features multiple zones that can be utilized by students, faculty and staff. The digital fabrication lab brings ideas to tangible reality through 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC milling machines, a woodshop and on-site experts. The data visualization zone utilizes virtual reality to immerse users in the world of informatics. The collaboration zone has customizable spaces for students to meet and work together on their projects and ideas.

Radar Innovations Laboratory3190 Monitor Ave.
The Radar Innovations Laboratory is a 35,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility dedicated to advancing OU's radar program. The laboratory includes a large microwave lab, a high-bay garage for mobile radar platforms, prototype fabrication facilities, a fully stocked machine shop, two precision anechoic chambers, an experimental observation deck as well as an "Ideas Room" for fostering collaboration and innovation. The lobby features a tornado simulator, which is popular with tourists.

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave. 
The museum features four billion years of Oklahoma history including the world's largest Apatosaurus and several other dinosaur skeletons.  In the Hall of Ancient Life discover the origins of life and walk through exhibits showcasing gigantic prehistoric bugs, skeletons of massive aquatic creatures that once inhabited the seas that covered Oklahoma, and record-setting mounted dinosaurs.  Other exhibits in the museum include realistic nature dioramas such as a walk-through limestone cave, Native American artifacts, and vast collections of biological specimens from across Oklahoma. There's a hands-on Discovery Room for kids, plus a fabulous museum store and cafe.

National Weather Center, 120 David L. Boren Blvd.
The National Weather Center houses meteorologists from the University of Oklahoma, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and state organizations. These groups work together to improve understanding of atmospheric events, especially severe and hazardous weather. View the Science on a Sphere global display on the ground floor to learn about climate change, atmospheric storms and ocean temperatures. Tours also stop by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center, the Norman National Weather Service Forecast Office and the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory. Highlights of the National Weather Center tour include tornado testing gadgets like Dorothy and Dot from the movie "Twister."

Registration is required by contacting See detailed session times below.