University of Hull Science Festival wows
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7 April 2017
Thousands of visitors to the University’s annual Science
Festival had the chance to take part in activities including
getting behind the wheel of a racing car, extracting DNA from a
strawberry and seeing the destructive power of flash floods with
the latest 3-D technology.
From the workings of the human body, to the
latest nano-technology used in scientific research, the University
of Hull Science Festival had it all.
A host of shows, workshops, lectures and
debates took place across the campus, entertaining and educating
visitors about the amazing world of science.
The festival was split into two zones, The
Discovery Zone, which brought together a host of family-friendly
activities, and The Exploration Zone, a programme of shows,
workshops, lectures and debates.
Highlights included an appearance by the BBC1
Show’s resident scientist Dr Marty Jopson and shows from the
Science Museum. Renowned astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
also took place, talking about the discovery of pulsars.
In the Discovery Zone visitors were able to
extract DNA from a strawberry, become crime scene investigators by
analysing fingerprints and footprints, and experience a range of
mind-bending, interactive, auditory and touch-based illusions that
reveal the hidden secrets of how our brains work, among a host of
The Discovery Zone offered the chance to quiz
some of the University’s brightest minds in our Meet the Scientist
area as well as get hands on with activities in our Maker Area.
Workshops included designing and building
flood defences using computer modelling, the chance to design,
build and test hydrogen-fuelled Lego cars and assemble a model
rocket and learn about its journey from lift-off to spacecraft
There were also workshops in electronics,
robotics and the chance to use solar telescopes to look at the
Earth’s nearest star.