The University of West Bohemia (UWB) will come alive with events intended for elementary, middle and high-schoolers as well as university students and the general public.
On Tuesday 6 September, the solar butterfly will spread its wings on campus, on Friday 9 September the Republic Square will host the traditional Science and Technology Day, and for 30 September, UWB once again extends its invitation to the nationwide Researchers' Night, which will be full of science and magic.
The Solar Butterfly
On Tuesday 6 September, UWB will welcome a team of Swiss promoters of renewable energy led by Louis Palmer, originally a teacher who fifteen years ago traveled around the world in a compact solar-powered car. This year, members of his team will present the Solar Butterfly – a solar powered recreational vehicle, in which they are also traveling around the entire planet. Their journey began in May this year in Switzerland and they plan to be on the road until October 2025. Over the course of four years, the Swiss team will travel through 90 countries. The university in Pilsen is one of three stops by the Solar Butterfly in the Czech Republic. Apart from Pilsen, it should also make an appearance in Prague and Brno.
The Larso Solar Butterfly is a tiny house with a kitchen, toilet, shower, air-conditioning and six beds. While traveling, it looks like an ordinary RV, but by the press of a button it transforms into a butterfly with wings covered in light-weight solar panels, the sheer size of which provides enough solar power to recharge the batteries. Thanks to this feature, Larso can cover as much as 300km per day entirely without any emissions.
It will be on display at UWB's Bory campus between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to at least 4.30 p.m., and members of the Swiss team will be ready to provide information and answer questions from visitors.
Apart from that, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m., lecture hall EP 110 in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering will host a workshop on renewable energy sources for high school and university students, teachers and the general public.
Science and Technology Day
On Friday 9 September, UWB extends an invitation to the 17th edition of the Science and Technology Day, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Republic Square. The event, which has now become a traditional part of the school year in Pilsen, will offer 36 exhibits prepared by UWB faculties and institutes, high schools and partner organizations.
Thanks to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, elementary and middle schoolers as well as high school students, for whom the event is primarily intended, will be able to test a paragliding simulator, which thanks to a VR headset allows visitors to experience flying over the countryside with the possibility of steering the virtual glider, landing and also responding to non-standard flight situations.
At the exhibition dedicated to Magnetic Elastomers, members of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering will present so-called soft robotics, which deals with the construction of robots from materials similar to those of living organisms. The Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art has also prepared a new exhibition, which will present its Interactive Design and Animation ateliers. At another new exhibition, History is Science, members of the Department of Historical Sciences at the Faculty of Arts will present their research projects.
Apart from various faculties and departments of UWB and the municipal Robotics Center, the Science and Technology Day, which is funded by the Pilsen Region and the City of Pilsen, will also present the Techmania Science Center, the Stříbro Grammar School, the Catholic Grammar in Pilsen, the Secondary School of Civil Engineering, the NVIAS non-profit organizations and this year for the first time also the Czechitas organization, whose mission is to educate and motivate mainly women to engage in the world of information technologies.
Admission to all of the exhibitions is free and the detailed program of the event is available on the website dnyvedy.zcu.cz.
On Friday 30 March, UWB will once again join the nationwide event aimed at popularizing science, Researchers' Night, whose theme this year is Through All Senses.
From 6–10 p.m., the ground floors of UWB's technical faculties will host 17 exhibitions dedicated to this topic. Both young and adult visitors will experience various stimulations of their senses. UWB faculties, the Department of Lifelong and Distance Learning, the Pilsen Robotics Center, the Techmania Science Center and Doosan Škoda Power will prepare experiments with audiovisual aids, demos involving the use of sight and the sense of touch, and experiments allowing visitors to feel a magnetic field. The event will finish with videomapping on the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art building, the topic of which will once again be Through All Senses.