EXPERIMENTS & ACTIVITIES

THE DISCOVERY HALL

The Discovery Hall will be full of experiments, demonstrations and activities for curious minds of all ages. 
Join us at UCC Campus – Student Centre
from 5pm – 8pm

CONNECT WITH CULTURE

Meet researchers from the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21) and find out about how social science research can provide insights into our everyday lives such as: How do we envisage and create just, inclusive and liveable societies? And how can we understand the lived experience of difference and identity in contemporary society?

A selection of images depicting scientific research from the Teagasc Vision of Research and Innovation photo competition.

Experience Viking Warfare and Everyday Life – Discover the grim realities of battle and learn about daily life in Viking Age Ireland.

TRANSFORMATIVE TECH

UCC is experimenting and exploring with virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies in the classroom. Come experience VR technology for yourself at the UCC VR stand during Cork Discovers Night. You will have a chance to experience VR worlds and learn how VR is shaping research in the University.

See how you can use RFID tags as sensors, communicate underwater and change the colour of lights.

Discover sound using the interactive spectrogram, breaking down frequencies and their volumes and turning them into colour.

Visit this interactive stand where you’ll be taken you on a journey, highlighting how we make medicines, from making the molecule all the way to producing tablets. This stand is brought to you by The Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals (SSPC).

Investigate your own speech, hearing and balance with the help of researchers in Speech and Hearing Sciences.

FUTURISTIC FOOD & HEALTH

3D food printing is where you can mechanically layer a flowable food material until a 3D structure is built. So far foods that have been 3D printed include: Chocolate, cheese, hummus, fruit/veg purées and butter. 3D printing of food is a great way to reduce food wastage in the food industry. By choosing the design and size of what you want to print, the exact amount of food needed can be calculated and you will be left with little to no food wastage.

Come and see how the 3D food printer works, and demonstrate on our very own modified 3D printer how to 3D print some soft cheeses. Tasty! 

Join us for table top experiments with milk! 

Follow the journey of proteins through your digestive system in an interactive 3D experience.

Using science to make cheese better – Learn how liquid milk is transformed into solid cheese, see how cheese looks under the microscope and discover how to make cheese healthier.

Search for the perfect crisp, read the potato DNA and find the genetic touch for the best fry colour.

Have you ever thought about fermenting your own foods or producing your own honey? At Cork Discovers you’ll find out how these activities link to our research at APC Microbiome Ireland. Chat with our APEX scientists and discover how the bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in the gut (our microbiome) keep us healthy. You’ll have to chance to extract DNA and view microbes under the microscope.

Parents and guardians, share your views on childhood vaccines as part of a research project and kids can take part in word puzzles! 

SUSTAINABILITY UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

Discover smelly gases and see how sensors detect and react. Get the readings live into your app!

The StarSpotting Experiment is a Swedish-led citizen science project. By counting stars in the night sky, people can contribute data about the level of light pollution in their own neighbourhood. Come and learn how to build your own equipment and take part in this fascinating experiment. For more information click here. 

Learn about renewable energy, water and air quality using interactive models.

Discover the worlds of bugs, crystals and electronics through microscopy and chemistry demonstrations.

Take a look at microsensors that monitor air quality and green house gas emissions. 

Discover the insect world and how some help us but some others do exactly the opposite! Learn about how they influence food production and how we can help them

Learn about energy consumption and your role in making more sustainable energy choices.

Discover which specimens live in our waterways and how their presence or absence indicates the quality of our water.

An interactive workshop to introduce offshore wind and hydrogen as a viable solution for moving towards a renewable country. Discover how wind and hydrogen produce energy in this interactive workshop.

Discover the underwater world of Ireland’s cold-water coral reefs.

Join us to find out what UCC Green Campus are doing to make UCC more sustainable. What are the Sustainable Development Goals and how are they relevant to you?

UPSTAIRS CAFE

The Upstairs Cafe in UCC Student Centre will also offer interactive exhibitions and games in food, math and languages.
Join us at UCC Student Centre – Upstairs Cafe
from 5pm – 8pm

FoodUnfolded is a global, digital platform that creates and shares its content on the latest food and agricultural innovations. We aim to connect with our audience through entertainment and education on the most relevant topics of today, including health, nutrition and sustainability.

Join in on a super fun mobile maths workshop! Come along anytime. 

Engage in language diversity and take a new view on words and meaning, and articulate your own experiences.

BOOLE LIBRARY

UCC’s Boole Library is a stone throw from UCC Student Centre and will have some more ‘grown-up’ themed exhibitions listed below. 
Join us at UCC Boole Library – right at entrance
from 5pm – 8pm

The Secret Police and the Religious Underground – In the twentieth century some states attempted to destroy certain religious groups and even eliminate religion from society entirely. But a paradoxical thing happened – testimonies, personal items, community photographs and the ephemera of religious life were preserved by the very state institutions whose role it was to delete them. The Hidden Galleries project, funded by the European Research Council, uncovers that which was hidden twice over – first by the religious groups who were forced ‘underground’, and second, by the secret police who found them and enclosed them in their archives.

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THIS PROJECT HAS RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION’S HORIZON 2020 RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PROGRAMME UNDER GRANT AGREEMENT NO 818789