The Futurarium (formerly known as ‘the Science Tent’) hosts a variety of smaller stands and exhibits covering very different scientific topics. But they will all engage, inform and entertain visitors!
We Will Rock You
Energy: the sun on your skin; the thrum of the bass; the wind in your hair. Our ability to harness energy has driven civilisation and technology to incredible advances and discoveries, but at what cost to the planet?
Join the Geological Society and Responsible Raw Materials to explore the future of energy through stunning minerals, ores and crystals helping us to harness solar, wind and natural heat for a sustainable future. Crystals aren’t just for aligning your chakras!
Photo credits: © The Geological Society / Benedict Johnson
BBC Natural History Tech
Meet the team behind the scenes at Planet Earth to find out how the films are made and try some of the very latest camera tech.
Would You Trust Robotic Surgery?
Learn about our exciting work using robots for lung cancer diagnostics, challenge our ‘Beat the Robot’ game, by reaching a particular part of a 3D-printed lung as fast as possible. Get fluorescent-label inspired face paint and vote on whether you trust the use of robots in healthcare by recycling your rubbish!
The Buzzing Bumblearium
Get a buzz for busy bees at the Buzzing Bumblearium!
Insects underpin a wide range of ecological benefits for global food production – from natural enemies of pests that attack crops, through to the crucial role of pollinators. Without insects pollinating our crops we would have little to harvest and a much less diverse supermarket shelf. Not to mention the importance of wild pollination in maintaining healthy, functioning ecosystems!
Come along and marvel at bees in action in the University of Reading’s Buzzing Bumblearium! While watching busy bees you can get busy finding out how important these insects are in the global food chain and how you can help these valuable creatures. Our friendly insect-specialists (entomologists) are on-hand to answer your pollinator questions.
How Green is Your Cloud?
The cloud may sound ethereal and harmless, but in practice it uses real and substantive resources including energy, water and computer hardware. Through interactive elements, we will uncover important truths and myths about the environmental impact of cloud computing, focussing mainly on carbon emissions produced by this pervasive technology.