Get behind the wheel of a racing car. Extract the DNA from a strawberry. Witness 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, 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 centre piece of our festival. One ticket will get you access to all the attractions in the Discovery Zone. Tickets for shows, workshops, lectures and debates 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:
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.
The HullPixelbot is a tiny home-grown robot with big ideas. See what happens when we get 100 together at once. Take control of one and see what you can make them do.
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.
Shining a Light on Formula 1
Did you know that F1 teams use infrared technology to spot oil leaks? Have a go with the same high tech kit F1 mechanics use to help keep their cars in the fast lane.
Analyse fingerprints, footwear marks and hair and fibre samples and learn how police gather vital evidence at crime scenes. Take away your own fingerprint keyring (£1 charge).
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.
Strawberry DNA Extraction
Remove the genetic information from some of our favourite fruit. You can even take it home to show friends and family.
Viper Super Computer
The University has one of the most powerful super-computers in the UK, called Viper. Find out how it is helping us to understand how stars are made, how machines learn, how bones break and repair and why materials change colour.
Nests, Eggs and Chocolate!
How do birds keep their nests safe from intruders? Build your own nest and try to protect chocolate eggs from attackers like snakes and cuckoos.
‘SeriousGeoGames’ Virtual Reality Environments
Witness the destructive power of flash flooding using the latest in virtual reality technology. Explore how rising sea levels will increase the risk of flooding around the Humber.
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.
Balloon Powered Cars
Find out about Bloodhound SSC, Britain’s attempt to break the land-speed record by driving at speeds of over 1,000 mph! Make your own rocket car using a balloon as propulsion.
Please note: Pushchairs are not permitted in the Discovery Zone. A buggy park will be available on the day for those wishing to bring pushchairs.