Have you ever wondered what happens in a University? Be Curious is a research open day with free, interactive and fun activities to enable you to immerse yourself in the exciting things that go on at the University of Leeds. Be Curious 2018 will take place at the University of Leeds from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday 17 March 2018.
Be Curious 2018 is an invitation for all the family to find out, explore and investigate! All age groups are welcome at this event. There is no need to book, just come along. The theme for 2018 is ‘We are international’. There are over 30 activities across campus, with topics covering lots of different research and teaching themes. You can take a look at some of the activities below, and you can download the full programme here to prepare yourselves for a great day!
The fight you can’t see: invisible illnesses in young people
There are about 1.8 billion young people aged 10 to 24 around the world. At least a quarter of those young people live with an invisible illness, such as arthritis, lupus and other musculoskeletal conditions. In this activity, you’ll learn more about arthritis, lupus and musculoskeletal conditions in young people, and why everything isn’t always as it seems! I’m particularly passionate about this stall, since iSMART and RAiISE will be found talking all about invisible illnesses. You’ll find us in room LG17 in the Michael Sadler Building.
Do you have selfitis? Free health check here
Can you spot the difference between a selfie and a self-portrait? Is the global selfie phenomenon a way of connecting with others across the world or a dangerous addiction? Can selfie-taking actually damage our health and well-being? Do you have selfitis?
Poo, farts, burps and rubbish – energy from global waste
Dealing with waste is an international challenge. What if we could use it to generate energy? We can put sewage and food waste into an anaerobic digestion plant, which generates biogas (methane) using bacteria – like a cow’s stomach. Come and get ‘hands-on’ with the demonstration cow!
Play a Steinway piano
Do you play or are you learning to play the piano? on Saturday 17 March, you have the chance to experience what it’s like to play as a professional! Bring your music and play a short piece (up to 5 minutes) on a Steinway concert grand in the University concert hall (without audience). For this activity, you’ll need to register for a 5 minute slot in the School of Music on the day.
Tour of the Sustainable Garden
Many vegetables that are part of our everyday diet weren’t originally from here. Join a tour of the Sustainable Garden to explore how and where different vegetables originate from and how international our gardens and diet are.
Mapping the world
Through a range of posters, web resources, and craft activities, you can encounter a range of ways people from different cultures have represented the world on maps, from the 14th century to the present day.
Seeing is believing: cool microscopy at Leeds
The University of Leeds is home to two of the most powerful electron microscopes in the world. Come and see for yourself how this world class equipment is helping researchers tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time through the power of virtual reality and tours down of the microscopes.
Unusual and exciting fluids!
Not all fluids flow like water. Non-Newtonian fluids like magma and custard are found all over the world and behave in an entirely different way. Find out about the weird and interesting properties they possess by watching our demonstrations and getting involved with the interactive models.
Finding your way around
A handy map of where all the different activities are can be found in your programme – and here it is again so you get start planning!
Here’s a snapshot of the Be Curious 2017 event:
For further information, please visit: www.leeds.ac.uk/becurious
Don’t forget to follow everything that happens on the day on social media using the hashtag #becurious18!