Florida Polytechnic University welcomed hundreds of visitors to campus Saturday, March 16, as part of its inaugural Phoenix Family Day. From food trucks to student research to kite flying, it was a day for celebrating all things Florida Poly.
The festivities began with the student life showcase, which featured a collection of student-developed projects. Giant Jenga, Zen yoga, and even lightsaber training were among the many activities on display for participants. Guests were also treated to three student bands along with student comedians.
“I think it’s very important to bring family to campus. Our kids are growing and becoming independent, but they still need that foundation of family to help them figure some things out,” said Armando Zuniga, father of Isabella Zuniga, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering.
“This event has been very informative. I love seeing the projects the students are working on,” added Maura Zuniga, who traveled with her husband from Boca Raton, Florida. “It gives me a better understanding of what Isabella will be working on in the future.”
An academic showcase was held inside the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building where several members of the faculty were on hand to discuss courses, degrees, and research at Florida Poly. Students and faculty also gave presentations and tours related to their work.
“We were thrilled to be able to bring together so many students and families for one day to celebrate what Florida Poly is all about,” said Tonya Chestnut, director of student development at Florida Poly. “We have such a talented student body, and it’s important to showcase what life is like for them both inside and outside of the classroom.”
Phoenix Family Day began early in the morning with the traditional Florida Poly Pi Run, a 3.14 mile race representing the mathematical value of Pi. The full day of activates concluded with the Great Eight competition, an annual event that gives Florida Poly students the opportunity to pitch their ideas and concepts to industry experts in a fashion similar to the television show “Shark Tank”.
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