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Discover PlayDoh planets and a live planetarium at Science and Engineering Day 2017

Published: 17 March 2017
The Science and Engineering day includes an Astrodome show

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.

Attractions at the event have been divided into 11 coloured zones which visitors can preview in advance through the SOTSEF website. The Physics and Astronomy building at the south of Highfield Campus will be advertised with yellow coloured signs on the day, leading visitors to PlayDoh planets, a Planeterella and three STEM shows: science spectacular Accelerate!, live planetarium The Astrodome and laser light display The Light Express Roadshow.

Researchers from Electronics and Computer Science will be exhibiting across the three zones on Highfield Campus. Highlights include a workshop for Mini Professors, an adventure with Aladdin and the Mystery of the Flying Carpet and the Future Worlds startup incubator’s SharkStream motion capture suit when following black arrows, tours of the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory from orange and a ‘Science Magic… Magic Science’ show in white.

Designed to inspire scientists of all ages, the event also includes an outdoor Archaeology Village and a Biodiversity Hub in the Valley Gardens. A free shuttle bus will take visitors to the Boldrewood Campus throughout the day, transporting people along a green route to over 20 attractions. Campus hosts will invite guests to learn about The Science of Ships in a special tour of the University’s 138m Towing Tank.

For more information, visit the SOTSEF website.

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