WHAT: The University of Texas at Austin welcomes families and teachers from across the state to campus for a day of experiments, hands-on demonstrations, workshops, tours and other inspiring and exciting activities happening at Texas’ flagship public research institution.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3
WHERE: Various locations across The University of Texas at Austin campus.
WHO MAY ATTEND: The event is free and open to the public.
PARKING: Most UT Austin street parking is free on Saturday, including many of the university’s parking garages.
BACKGROUND: Held annually, Explore UT is expected to bring more than 50,000 visitors to campus including future Longhorns, parents and siblings of college-bound students, UT Austin faculty members, staff members and students, and alumni from across the state. The goal of the daylong event is to provide Texans an experience that highlights the research and scholarship of the university to broaden the horizons of students and motivate them toward achieving higher education after high school.
A few highlights of the more than 400 activities presented this year:
Being a Surgeon
Stitch a simulated wound, then learn to tie surgeons’ knots and follow sterile procedure. You will see video footage of real surgeries, learn about the different types of surgery, and much more.
11 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. | HLB – Health Learning Building, 5.201
Audience: Teens (12-18 years old) | Area: Dell Medical School
Delicious Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Join members of the American Chemical Society for some sweet science while they concoct a tasty treat. Cool off with a sample of liquid nitrogen ice cream with all your favorite toppings.
11 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. | Speedway Mall
Audience: All Ages | Area: College of Natural Sciences
Rockin’ Roller Coasters
Join students from the Texas Theme Park Engineering Group to create simple roller coasters. Participate in a marble race to learn about potential and kinetic energy, height and gravity, and theme park engineering.
11 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. | CPE – Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Building, 2.212
Audience: All Ages | Area: Cockrell School of Engineering
March with the Longhorn Band
Experience the thrill of marching with the Longhorn Band and become an honorary band member. Following a rehearsal session on the field, march to the UT Tower to participate in the biggest class photo in Texas.
4 to 4:40 p.m. | STD – Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, NEZ Gate 16 Entrance, Joe Jamail Field
Audience: All Ages | Area: College of Fine Arts
Become a Shakespearean actor by putting on a costume, grabbing a script and re-creating a character from one of the Bard of Avon’s classic plays. Experience the energy of the Shakespeare at Winedale program through this on-your-feet workshop.
11 to 11:40 a.m., noon to 12:40 p.m. | PAR – Parlin Hall, Courtyard Audience: All Ages | Area: College of Liberal Arts
Make Your Own Earthquake
Jumping generates motion within the Earth’s subsurface similar to an earthquake and creates sound waves that can be measured. Start your own earthquake to see how fast the waves travel and what they tell us about the rocks underground.
11 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. | JGB – Jackson Geological Sciences Building, East Mall Courtyard
Audience: All Ages | Area: Jackson School of Geosciences
For more information, visit https://exploreut.utexas.edu/.