Whether you’re five years old, five years out of college or a family of five, there’s a lot to discover on the Forty Acres. During Explore UT this Saturday, 50,000 visitors — including many future Longhorns — will come to campus to experience the real-life results of world-changing research, to soak in inspiring art and to see the creativity and knowledge produced here.
The day-long event, which is free and open to the public, invites Texans of all ages to experience robust research experiences, hands-on demonstrations and interactive experiments and lets visitors participate in the richness of the university’s scholarship and knowledge.
With more than 400 free activities across campus, visitors can do everything from learning about the legal system while witnessing the trial of famed storybook character Gold E. Locks to learning how to make potions like Harry Potter.
Check out these seven highlights, and be sure to share your #ExploreUT experience on social media.
Virtual Diagnosis: A 3-D Tour of the Body
Scrub up and discover how doctors diagnose patients in real medical cases using CT scans. Students also will take a tour through the human body while observing the dissection of a virtual cadaver.
11 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Health Learning Building (HLB), 4th Floor Multi-Purpose Lab
Gold E. Locks Mock Trial
Law students perform a mock trial with Gold E. Locks, a well-known storybook figure, as the defendant. The Honorable Edward C. Prado, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, presides. Children in the courtroom will be selected to serve as the jurors.
1 to 1:40 p.m., 3 to 3:40 p.m.
John B. Connally Center for Justice (CCJ), Eidman Courtroom
Fun with Chemistry
Get a bang out of this fun, exciting, loud and smelly demonstration of chemistry experiments performed by Dr. Kate Biberdorf and volunteers from the audience. Tickets are required (available 30 minutes in advance on Inner Campus Drive near the W.C. Hogg Building).
Noon to 2:40 p.m. (performances begin every hour on the hour)
Robert A. Welch Hall (WEL), 2.224
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Hogwarts Jungle Potions Class
Even if you haven’t been admitted to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you can learn how medicines are prepared and create your own pharmaceutical products. Free tickets are required and may be picked up beginning at 11 a.m. at the door.
Noon to 3:40 p.m.
Pharmacy Building (PHR), 3.110
Cognitive Interaction with Humanoid Robots: Human Centered Robotics Lab Tour
See how humanoid robots are being made and discover the assistive interaction that robots can have within our society. Explore what internal parts walking robots use for dynamic balancing and learn how students are designing actuators to power robot muscles.
11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m., noon to 12:40 p.m.
Engineering Teaching Center II (ETC), 3.136
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Freshman Research Initiative Showcase
Interact with first- and second-year UT students who are helping to make scientific discoveries in areas ranging from plant communication to nanotechnology to “fingerprinting” the distinct forensics of red wine.
11 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Robert A. Welch Hall (WEL), 2.110
March with the Longhorn Band
Join us to experience the thrill of marching with the Longhorn Band and become an honorary member. Following a rehearsal session on the field, participants will march to the UT Tower to participate in the biggest “class photo” in Texas.
4 to 4:40 p.m.
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (STD), NEZ Gate 16 Entrance, Joe Jamail Field