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Get behind the wheel of a racing car; immerse yourself in our science-themed games arcade; try your hand at panning for gold (and keep what you find); or get to grips with ancient animals at the fossil festival!
From the workings of the human body, to the latest nano-technology used in scientific research, we’ve got it all.
The Discovery Zone brings together a host of family-friendly activities, designed to educate and entertain.
Quiz some of the University’s brightest minds in our Meet the Scientist area, or get hands on with a range of fun activities in our Maker area.
The Discovery Zone forms the centrepiece of our festival. One ticket will get you access to all the attractions in the Discovery Zone. Tickets for shows, workshops and lectures taking place across the campus in the Exploration Zone need to be booked separately.
Here are just some of the superb exhibition stands you will find in the Discovery Zone:
Humberside Fire & Rescue Service
Find out how Humberside Fire and Rescue Service uses science to identify the cause of the fire. Visit our Command Unit vehicle, to experience how we use thermal imagery at fires and watch footage captured by the drone on the screens in the unit. This supervised interactive experience will explore science within fire investigation, with the help of the Detection Identification Monitoring vehicle, known as DIM, but don't let the name fool you as you learn how different chemicals and gasses can be detected.
Get your hands on the wheel of a real, single-seat racing car built by students at the University of Hull and test your driving skills in the Formula Student simulator.
Hull Street Scientists
Meet our team of street scientists who will entertain you with their magic tricks (as well as explaining the science behind the trick so you can try it at home).
River in a Box
River in a Box is a miniature, dynamic river system that demonstrates how floods shape our landscape. Get your hands wet and see if you can alter the river’s course.
How do hermit crabs find their food?
Help marine scientists with an experiment to see if crabs will struggle to find food in oceans polluted by carbon dioxide.
The Human Brain Unlocked
Experience a range of mind-bending, interactive, auditory and touch-based illusions that reveal the hidden secrets of how our brains work.
Lab on a Chip
How do you cram a whole laboratory on to a chip? Meet the scientists who have pioneered this amazing hand-held technology and find out how it’s transforming the way we test products and life-saving drugs.
We are scientists: Take part in cutting edge scientific research
Put on a lab coat and participate in a ground-breaking experiment run by biology academics. Grow your own experimental plant using laboratory techniques and feed it a unique nutrient combination; learn about our research into biological fitness; and maybe even see the data from your plant published in a scientific journal. Lab coat selfies encouraged!
Hull Maker Space
Hull Library has a brand spanking new Maker Space packed out with 3d-printers, laser cutters and much more. They’ve brought some of their amazing kit along for you to play with.
Yorkshire Fossil Festival 2018
For the last four years, the Yorkshire Fossil Festival has been held in the splendid environs of the Rotunda Museum, Scarborough. Each September, thousands of visitors have come and sampled a wide array of fossily and rocky delights, made possible through the Palaeontological Association‘s generous sponsorship of the festival.
This year, Scarborough is unable to host the festival, so it is therefore a great pleasure to be able to confirm that the 2018 Yorkshire Fossil Festival will be coming to Hull, as part of the Hull Science Festival! The Geology Hull team will be your hosts, with their ‘Back From The Dead’ exhibition revealing the hidden histories of Hull’s lost fossils.
We’re very pleased to confirm that the 2018 Yorkshire Fossil Festival will again be supported by the Palaeontological Association.
Their amazing reconstructions will allow you to get hands-on with Yorkshire life over millions of years, and their palaeo-artist James McKay will bring your fantastical fossils to life! You can also try to become a fossil with our ‘Fossilisation Frenzy’ game and make your own mould fossil or miniature dinosaur footprint in salt dough to take home. Other confirmed participants include: The Dinosaur Isle Museum, The Yorkshire Museum, The University of Leicester, and the Hull Geological Society.
Other participants and speakers are being confirmed, so watch this space! Access to the fossil festival is included in the discovery zone ticket.
Please note: Pushchairs are not permitted in the Discovery Zone. A buggy park will be available on the day for those wishing to bring them.