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Explore, learn and create at Be Curious 2022

Be Curious, the University of Leeds’ annual research event, is back on campus for the first time since going virtual in 2020.

On Saturday May 7, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the University will be open to the public for a day of free and fun family activities. From making a community blanket to participating in a chocolate trail, there will be over 35 interactive stalls and activities to participate in.

New for 2022 is the Be Curious Tinker space, which encourages families to spend time revisiting all the practical things.

This year Be Curious is delighted to welcome Opera North, the Thackray Museum of Medicine and Unlimited Theater for a series of exciting performances, workshops and tours, as well as the M&S Archives which will be open for all family fun. the day.

In addition to live events, explore two-minute wow demos, experiments, demos, and how-to videos through the Be Curious website.

Dr Alexa Ruppertsberg, Head of Public Engagement for Research, said: “We’ve loved bringing Be Curious to everyone for the past two years, but we can’t wait to bring everyone together again on the campuses with Be Curious 2022.

“With 35 activities to choose from, it’s a great opportunity to get hands-on and learn more about what really goes on inside a university. You might even meet a real robot! »

The program is divided into six themes:
• Take care of health
• Enable sustainable lives
• Inspired innovation and discovery
• Support society
• DIY space
• Show, workshops, visits and more

Reservations are not necessary and all activities are free. The full schedule of events is available on the Be Curious website.

Program Highlights

Help us design a new drug!

Drugs act on proteins to help fight disease, and structure-based drug design can help us find new drugs quickly and cheaply. Using protein structures, learn how new drugs are discovered and help design potential new treatments for COVID-19.

How green is your t-shirt?

Fast fashion is big business, but have you ever wondered where your favorite t-shirt came from, how it was made, and who made it? Join us to explore your clothing’s global journey and what you can do to be fashionable and sustainable.

Adventures in astronomy

Join us on an adventure across the universe! Marvel at the finest images in astronomy and experience the night sky above Leeds. Build a comet, become your favorite planet and see other worlds come to life in 3D.

Artificial intelligence: ‘New Kid on the Block’ for home assistance

Robbie, the home care robot, will show you how homebound people will be assisted in their daily activities at home. Ask your questions to Robbie, learn about the circulation system and help us reconstruct our model of the human body.

Belonging through creativity

Can creativity help you feel connected to your family, friends and the people around you? Come help us create a beautiful structure that shows the connections between what is important to you, the people who support you and your sense of belonging.

big and small

Big and Small is an interactive game show where you settle a scientific argument: which is superior – big or small? Fighting for the Big is PhD student Affelia Wibisono from UCL, who studies the largest planet in our solar system – Jupiter. In the other corner is Alex Holmes, a PhD student at Leeds, who studies the small side of life in the form of proteins. Their goal: to convince you that they have the most stylish material, the most beautiful data and the greatest impact on your lives.

Be curious READ

Commissioned by the Cultural Institute as part of the Inspired by Bragg cultural program, we are proud to present “That’s Amazing, Mum! » ; a free children’s book that was created as part of Be Curious READ.

Be Curious READ aims to turn research at the University into enjoyable books for children to inspire their curiosity and creativity.

“It’s amazing, mom! follows a family exploring the science that impacts their daily lives, through research undertaken by mom and her colleagues at the Bragg Center for Materials Research.

2,000 copies will be printed and distributed free to local families in partnership with local charities and community groups. A copy will also be offered to each primary school in Leeds.

Dr Catherine Davies, associate professor of language development and head of the Child Development Unit at Leeds, said: ‘Reading and listening to stories is one of the best ways to help children develop their speech. Children who read regularly with an adult learn more words, get to know more types of sentences, and develop a better understanding of story structures.

“It can help their concentration, emotional learning and ability to see other points of view. It’s also a lot of fun!

Further information

For more information and a full list of events, visit the Be Curious website.

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