Inspired innovation and discovery

From searching for signs of life on distant planets, to engineering the materials of the future, see how research has ‘inspired innovation and discovery’ covered with these activities:

Adventures in astronomy

Join us on an adventure through the universe! Marvel at the most beautiful images in astronomy and learn about the night sky above Leeds. Build a comet, become your favourite planet, and see other worlds come to life in 3D.

Ion smash!​​​​​

Implant ions to get the highest score! Implanting ions of one element into a material made of different elements can be used to get exactly the right material properties. In this game, have a go at setting up your own experiment to see if you can implant the perfect ion.

Lucky IDP

Proteins are made of long strings of amino acids. Ordered proteins fold into 3-dimensional shapes to do their jobs inside cells. Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDPs) use their floppy unfolded strings like “molecular velcro” to recruit partner proteins to do jobs. Try “fishing” in our cell pond – will your Lucky IDP catch a partner protein?

Proteins behaving badly: flow, forces and formulations

Protein molecules are being used as important medicines, but making them can be difficult. If proteins ‘behave badly’ and unravel, they may not work as medicines anymore. Find out how we’re discovering new ways to manufacture protein-based medicines and keep them behaving well!

Robot control and computer vision

Computer vision is becoming very relevant, being used widely in robotics to help humans and robots work safely together (for example, in self-driving cars!). Come along and use computer vision to control a robot arm through our maze, and see a Turtlebot navigating on its own.

Seeing with electrons – can you tell what is it yet?

Can you tell what it is yet? Get up close and personal with everything from creepy crawlies to everyday household items using our electron microscope, and explore size and scale with us.

Watching crystals grow

Come a long and look at some of the crystals we’re growing and find out how they might be used to improve future manufacturing processes! With the help of our specialist microscope, take a look at them in fine detail, and see how we visualise crystal growth in 3D.

What can a computer learn from your voice?​​​​​

Join us to go head to head with our computer – who will be better at guessing the age and gender of different voices? See what the computer can guess about your voice, and see how speech signals change depending on volume and pitch.

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