AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin will host Explore UT, a free event featuring hands-on activities, performances, exhibitions and lectures for the entire family, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 6.
Explore UT: The Biggest Open House in Texas will take place, rain or shine, in galleries, laboratories, classrooms and outdoor venues across the campus. Visitors will have the opportunity to choose from more than 300 programs, including:
- Live at 10—You Deliver the News
- The Civil Rights Movement in Black and White: A Photographic Exhibit
- Making Texas Sized Prints with a Steamroller
- La lírica infantil de Latinoamérica (en español)
- The Origins of the Vampire
- Microbiology: Unlocking the Secrets of Life
- Robotic Dogs
- Henna Hand Painting
- Kyai Rosowibowo, The UT Javanese Gamelan
- Hogwarts Potions Class
“Explore UT is a day when we showcase some of the best research and resources our university has to offer,” said Larry R. Faulkner, president of The University of Texas at Austin. “It is a day to open our doors to the people of Texas. The event gives the community a chance to participate in fun activities while learning from leading scholars and discovering a world of knowledge.”
Participants can pick up free “passports” on campus to document their day. Colorful stamps will be provided at each venue and explorers with four or more stamps can claim a free T-shirt at the University Co-op Bookstore (Guadalupe Street location), while supplies last. The University Co-op is the major sponsor for this year’s event.
Also at Explore UT, the university will unveil UTOPIA, a new Web site that will allow Texans to explore The University of Texas at Austin and its vast collections and intellectual resources at any time and from any computer. UTOPIA will provide all citizens unprecedented access to the libraries, collections and museums through a directed and interactive experience. UTOPIA is designed with specialized content for K-12 educators, school children and families.
The traditional “living star” photograph is the grand finale of Explore UT. At 5 p.m., visitors, students and volunteers are invited to gather side-by-side on the South Plaza in front of the Main Building to form a large Texas star for a picture. Prints will be available for purchase as a memento.
This year marks the fifth Explore UT celebration. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend. For more information, visit the Explore UT Web site.
For more information contact: Robin Gerrow, 512-232-2145.