Zone 4: Patricia Bath

Patricia Bath is a doctor, inventor, educator and pioneer of ophthalmology developing laser cataract treatment

Location: Building 40 (Garden Court)

Find us: Follow the PINK coloured signs

Front of Map

Facilities: Fully accessible venue. Café and seating area located in this building.

Please Note: This zone is likely to be busy. There may be times where we will be regulating the number of people within the area and you may have to wait to gain access to the activities. We will be tweeting updates about this throughout the day.


A Fetus’ Guide to Lifelong Health **New for 2017**
Did you know that the way your body is built during the 9 months of pregnancy helps you respond to challenges for the rest of your life? – it is a big part of what makes you healthy! Come and play our ‘game of health’ to discover how life before birth holds the ultimate answer to health potential.

Atoms, Crystals and Diffraction: Probing the Structure
Crystallography is about growing and examining molecules in crystal form. This allows us to look at details we could never hope to see even with the most powerful microscopes! We show how chemical compounds, materials and biomolecules such as proteins and DNA form crystals. We will show you how to grow your own crystals and how research scientists investigate structure in crystalline materials.

Bopping Bugs through 2050 **New for 2017**
Come and play whack-a-mole with a twist as you, the Doctor, administer antibiotics to your patients to kill infections. Be careful though, if you give antibiotics to someone who doesn’t require them the bugs will develop immunity!

Catalysis and Sustainability
Learn more about catalysis and its applications towards a sustainable future using a number of hands-on activities which’ll explore how catalysts effect the properties and environmental impact of everyday products like laptops, phones and cars.

Cells, Genes and DNA with Cancer Research UK
Join the scientists from Cancer Research UK Southampton explore our cells and the science behind finding new cancer treatments. Have a go at being a scientist, make your own cell, find out if you are a supertaster, and more!

Disease In The Wild **New for 2017**
Come and explore the unusual diseases that we find in wildlife. Learn more about the unique contagious cancers– where cancer becomes a parasite in a wild population– and how they can effect red squirrels, Tasmanian devils and the dog.

Electrochemistry for Energy and Art
There are many huge challenges facing society in ensuring a sustainable future, many of which can be solved by developing new battery technology. Chemistry is at the heart the way batteries work, and we’ll help you to understand exactly how through electrochemical painting.

Engineering Better Health **New for 2017**
Wessex Centre for Implementation Science show how we connect the worlds of engineering and digital technology to improve health. How can technology help people with dementia? Ever wondered how far your social network extends – you’d be surprised! How will our work help to improve healthcare?

Trace your hand and replicate an x-ray using our modelling material to show all the bones in your hand.

Light, Colour & Luminescence
You’ve all seen ‘Finding Nemo’ and the fish that glows in the dark but have you wondered how he does this? Here we will look at things that ‘glow in the dark’ and explain how the materials do this. We look at how the temperature can affect the intensity of the brightness and why this can be useful. From glowing rocks to TV phosphors and light sticks, and even glow in the dark bacteria – we’ll help you see the light!

Marvellous Microscopes
Insects, worms, bugs and more: what lives in your garden? Our gardens and ponds are teeming with life – microscopic plants and animals are everywhere. Using our research microscopes you can get up close and personal and look into this microscopic world that is all around us. You can also have a go at our quiz “Everyday objects under the microscope” for a chance to win your own microscope.

Measure Muscles **New for 2017**
Does muscle strength change with age? We will help you measure your gripstrength and plot it on a blank graph. At the end of the day, you’ll be able to see how you compare with everyone else by checking out our website.

Origami in the Sky and Space **New for 2017**
The Japanese paper art form, origami, is becoming an inspiring design reference for engineers and scientists. Come and discover the diversity of origami-inspired design.

Pint of Science Festival
Come and find out more about the Pint of Science Festival happening in Southampton.

Protein Crystallography
Come and explore protein crystallography and its uses in drug design, cancer, immunology and microbiology.

Science of Slime
Explore the properties of polymers and how they can be changed by making your own slime and silly putty with our team of students. Who will make the gooiest slime?

Slimy Snot and Breathing Lungs **New for 2017**
Come make your own snot (we have different colours!) or a model of your lung with a balloon and learn about why this is important for your health.

Stem Cell Mountain
Learn about the potential of stem cells though a giant pinball machine and see how they can be combined with 3D printing to repair and rebuild our bodies.

Stories from Bones **New for 2017**
See how bioengineering and osteoarchaeology have come together at UoS. Watch as we 3D print an osteoarchaeological sample of a fractured femur and learn how we use archaeological and bio-mechanical/engineering approaches to analysis the story of the bone.

Time Flies **New for 2017**
Have you ever wondered why we express time in seconds, minutes, hours and days? All of that is derived from the daily cycles in light and temperature that we experience on Earth. It is very normal to us that we sleep at night and are active during the daytime because we have an internal clock that helps us keep in sync with the environment. Come and visit us if you would like to test if you qualify as a morning lark or a night owl. Discover how genetic research on fruit flies at Southampton helps reveal the molecular workings of our own clocks or see if you can pass muster as a junior (or not so junior) geneticist

The Evidence for Evolution
Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species brought together ideas about life’s journey through time, changing in response to the environment- natural selection. We have wonderful evidence from the fossil record, and from DNA, the genetic instructions inside every living thing. You can see fossils (real and models) and extract the DNA from kiwi fruit and strawberries so that you can see, before your very eyes, the evidence for evolution!

The Science Room: Ask Us Anything **New for 2017**
Got a question from your travels around SOTSEF? Well come and ask us at The Science Room and we’ll help you discover the answer through creative, informal discussions!

Virtual Chemistry Lab **New for 2017**
Why do atoms stick together? Play with the forces that hold the universe together, and change the fundamentals of chemistry. Come over and use our interactive app to learn about chemical bonding, forces, and crystallisation. What can you create when you make the rules?

What does my genome say about me? **New for 2017**
Genetic variation makes us unique, sometimes variants can result in health or developmental problems for individuals or families. Come and hear all about the flagship 100 000 genomes project and at the same time construct your own edible DNA double helix.

What is Public Health? **New for 2017**
Come take our blindfold taste test and find out your taste preference. Learn how this taste preference can effect your health.

Winchester Science Centre **New for 2017**
Come and find out more about your local science centre and about the STEM Ambassador Programme.

You can help shape clinical research **New for 2017**
Come and explore the placebo effect first hand and find out how you can play a role in clinical research

Other Events:

Primary Engineer **New for 2017**

Recruitment and Outreach Stand **New for 2017**
Interested in studying at the University? Come and find out more and have your questions about university answered by our team.

Wildern School and Freegrounds Junior: STEM Invention Challenge **New for 2017**
After a fiercely contested competition, come and see the winners of the STEM Invention Challenge.