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SharkStream and STEM shows – your guide to Science and Engineering Day 2017

Enquiring minds can lose themselves in over 120 hands-on activities, talks, shows and tours across Highfield and Boldrewood campuses this Saturday at the University of Southampton’s 15th Science and Engineering Day.

The award-winning event sees the University open its doors for all to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The pinnacle of the week-long Southampton Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF), Saturday’s programme is free to attend and suitable for all.

Come and find the Future Worlds team in the foyer of the Mountbatten building for a live demonstration of the SharkStream motion capture system as we showcase some of the greatest startup and spinout ideas being generated by STEM researchers.

_9JB4859You can also get involved in activities and experiments from a huge number of subjects across the two campuses, take a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the University’s state-of-the-art research environments or see an entertaining show.

The day will run from 10.30am until 4.30pm, with last admission at 4pm. Advance tickets for the day are available here.

Read on for Future Worlds’ guide to the 11 interactive zones at Science and Engineering Day 2017 and details on how to reserve your place at the STEM shows:



Zone 1: Emily Warren Roebling

_9JB4676Follow blue coloured signs for the zone named after the Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge for activities including Custard Rolling, a Minecraft Map and the ICARUS Wingsuit Project. New for 2017, you can also experience a room where no one can hear you speak and 1/5 scale railway locomotive. Visit this zone for tours of the University’s Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Workshops, the RJ Mitchell Wind Tunnel and a Science Soundwalk.


Zone 2: Hedy Lamarr

Orange signs will direct visitors to Zone 2, named after the Hollywood actress and inventor who laid the foundations for torpedo guidance systems and Wi-Fi. Activities include Acoustic Levitation, Hands on Sound and the intriguingly titled What’s Got Up Your Nose? Discover which materials do and don’t conduct electricity in Physical Sciences and Engineering’s High Voltage Labs.


Zone 3: Maggie Aderin-Pocock

The Physics and Astronomy building at the south of Highfield Campus can be found be following the yellow coloured signs. Titled after The Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Building 46 is home to PlayDoh planets, a Planeterella and three STEM shows: science spectacular Accelerate!, live planetarium The Astrodome and laser light display The Light Express Roadshow.

Advance tickets for some of the Science and Engineering Day shows are available through to 6pm on Friday 17th March. Approximately 80% of the shows’ seats are available via an online pre-booking system, with the remaining 20% allocated on a first-come, first-served basis on the day. Follow these links to book your place at Magic Science… Science Magic, The Astrodome and Accelerate! How to make a Particle Collider.

Zone 4: Patricia Bath

Follow pink signs for popular demonstrations at Garden Court, named after doctor, inventor and ophthalmology pioneer Patricia Bath. Over 30 activities, challenges and stands are packed into the heart of Highfield Campus, including the Science of Slime and Marvellous Microscopes.


Zone 5: Theano

_8JB2834Inspired by Greek mathematician Theano, follow white signs to the Electronics and Electrical Engineering building to experience the Science Magic… Magic Science show. Performed by the experienced presenter, Ian B Dunne, this amusing and diverting show promises mystery, suspense and laughs. Activities also include interactive exhibits around the science of butterfly wings and periscopes, along with a Teachers Zone.


Zone 6: Ada Lovelace

An essential stop in any Science and Engineering Day visit, follow black signs to find the Future Worlds team and its SharkStream motion capture system in a packed zone named after the world’s first computer programmer. As well as including a tour of the Mountbatten cleanrooms, Zone 6 also boasts a workshop for Mini Professors and an adventure with Aladdin and the Mystery of the Flying Carpet. A series of captivating lectures will run throughout the day in Lecture Theatre C, with full details available on the Science and Engineering Day website.


Zone 7: The Archaeology Village

Follow brown signs to experience archaeological excavation and learn how to conserve your finds. Come and investigate a real 14th century skeleton, and try to decipher how he lived and died. Many activities in The Archaeology Village are new for 2017, so discover this zone to investigate everything from prehistoric cave art to copper smelting in the Bronze Age.


_9JB4906Zone 8: Katherine Johnson

Purple coloured signs will direct visitors to the Maths Student Centre, inspired by NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. Discover how University researchers are experimenting with jelly beans and paper helicopters to show how statistics and mathematics make science possible.


Zone 9: The Biodiversity Hub

Red coloured signs lead to the Valley Gardens, where explorers can discover an array of plants and minibeasts while learning about how insect biodiversity supports ecosystem services such as pollination and soil nutrition cycling. Guests can also explore Species Identification with EnvSoc, Explore the World of Bats and learn about biodiversity through artwork in Keystone Collapse.


Zone 10: Lise Meitner

Attractions at the Nightingale Building, in a zone named after theoretical physicist Lise Meitner, can be found by following the navy coloured signs. This busy section includes a workshop on Engaging with Proteins as well as talks on Astronauts Needed for Spaceship Earth, The Burger Apocalypse and Force Within: Fighting Back Against Cancer. Nightingale is a hub of activities, with half a dozen new exhibits for 2017, and includes Breathing Patterns, See Inside Your Muscles and The Brain In Action.


_9JB4607Zone 11: Lene Hau

A free shuttle bus will take visitors to the Boldrewood Campus throughout the day, transporting people along the green route named after the quantum computing pioneer. With over 20 attractions awaiting, guests can learn about The Science of Ships in a special tour of the University’s 138m Towing Tank.


For more information on Science and Engineering Day, including the full programme and a Frequently Asked Questions section, visit the Southampton Science and Engineering Festival website.

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