Volunteer leads visiting students. Photo by LIANG Jing, MA Xiaohan.
East campus provides visitors with various interactive activities and inspiring talks. Famous expert in science popularization Dr. David G. Evans performs two attractive chemistry shows. Also lectures on earthquake and atmospheric research are popular. Model of the first quantum communication satellite Micius helps public to understand better about this area.
Visitors experiencing the plasma globe. Photo by LIANG Jing, MA Xiaohan.
Rupert’s tears and plasma globe represents traditional experiments. This year, assisted with techniques like augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and 3D printing, brand new experience and feelings are brought to every participants.
Volunteer illustrating about astronomical telescope. Photo by LIANG Jing, MA Xiaohan.
In west campus, a feast of leading-edge technology is brought alive for its audience. Talented robots are playing the leading role in department of information, computer sciences and engineering, where visitors are amazed by robots cooperating to finish tasks, negotiating obstacles and even making a poem. The longest queue lies before NEL-SLIP (National Engineering Laboratory for Speech and Language Information Processing), and their cute round-headed robot Alpha Egg draws kids after kids. With a call of its name, the robot will spin towards you and get ready to answer all your questions.
Wearable exoskeleton robots make walking possible for people in need. Photo by Qi Yatong.
School of Life Sciences this year sticks to popularize the beauty of biology with micro-world show and specimens display and leave vein bookmark making, while National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and State Key Laboratory of Fire Science continues to educate the public on basic synchrotron radiation science and fire safety.
Student making vein bookmark. Photo by LIU Xianke.
USTC also invites students and teachers from Liuzhi Special Region, Guizhou Province to share this science feast.
Students from Liuzhi Special Region, Guizhou Province. Photo from News Center.
Science festivals have been emerging worldwide. The Cambridge Science Festival co-organized by MIT and Harvard University makes science accessible, interactive and fun for the science lovers in the United States. In the United Kingdom, University of Cambridge's annual science festival celebrates its cutting-edge science with the visitors from all over the world. The science festivals held by USTC, MIT, Harvard University and University of Cambridge showcase the responsibilities for the world-class research institutions to not only advance the frontier research projects, but also bridge science with the non-scientific community.
In China, UTSC Science and Techonology week is also fast developing since its debut in 2000, with more volunteers dedicating to the events and more visitors taking part.
Numbers of student and researcher volunteers and expected visitors are steadily increasing. Graph by GUO Jianjian.
Exhibitors are generally growing over the years. Graph by YANG Ziyi.
Participants are more diversed, though the majority remains middle school students. Graph by ZHAO Shuxin.
As a volunteer puts it, “Science is warm and friendly. The more you connect with science, the more humane sides of science you will find.” Science and technology week in USTC will continue to help establish a bond between more people with science and technology.
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(Written by HU Dongyin, GUO Jianjian, XU Yunfei, edited by HU Dongyin, GUO Jianjian. USTC News Center)
According to the latest Nature Publishing Index (NPI) Asia-Pacific and The Nature Publishing Index China, University of Science and Technology of China tops in Chinese universities again. The rankings are based on the number of papers that were published in Nature journals during the last 12 months.
This article came from News Center of USTC.