UC Science and Engineering Precincts

Public Open Day

Are you curious about what goes on behind the scenes at the University of Canterbury? UC is opening its doors to the public!

Date: Monday, 16 April 2018
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Location: Ernest Rutherford building and Engineering Core, Ilam Campus

UC Science and UC Engineering are inviting the public to explore our new state-of-the-art buildings, tour the labs, and see innovation in action. 

This is a free, family-friendly event – everyone is welcome, whether you’re a future or past student, or just keen to have a look around. No registration required, just be there on the day!

Check out the Facebook event for updates and information in the lead up to the event.

Demonstrations and displays

There will be a wide range of interactive displays and hands-on activities for all ages – browse the tabs below to see what's in store!

  • Marine touch tank
  • Plant display
  • Herbarium display on plant diversity and systematics
  • Tacking tunnels, skulls and chew cards
  • Insect diversity display
  • Behaviour research
  • Microscope display
  • Extreme microbiology
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Gel electrophoresis outreach kit and DNA sexing of birds activity
  • Animal physiology
  • Biochemistry - HPLC
  • Window display - bone and spirit collections
  • Earthquake shake table
  • 3D printers
  • Formula SAE race car
  • Drones
  • Robots
  • Tesla coil
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  • Glacier modelling
  • Flume modelling water flow
  • Minerals and fossils treasure hunt
  • Barry the dinosaur
  • Rocks under UV light
  • Sand volcano
  • Geology videos and photo displays
  • Kaikoura earthquake exhibition
  • Rocks and minerals under microscopes
  • Solar telescopes
  • Hydrogen balloon explosion
  • Tesla coil
  • Ion exchange chromatography
  • Physics lab – cloud chamber
  • Weather in a tank
  • Super conduction magnet lab
  • Radioactivity lab
  • Baxter the robot
  • Hearing app
  • Stuttering iPad app

Food and refreshments

The Nuts and Bolts Cafe will be open in the Engineering precinct and there will be a free sausage sizzle outside of the Science precinct.


Free parking is available in the Clyde Car Park, off Clyde Road.

More about our facilities

lone student enters RRSIC

Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre

The extensive facilities already in use by UC Science students were boosted by the opening of the $216 million Regional Science and Innovation Centre, in early 2018. In this exciting learning space our staff and students are able to collaborate, be inspired and grow their scientific knowledge about New Zealand and the world.


Canterbury Engineering the Future

The Canterbury Engineering The Future project is a $162 million investment in UC Engineering's facilities. Every wing has been rebuilt, refurbished or newly constructed and all contain state-of-the-art laboratories to support the college's hands-on learning approach.

Contact Us

UC Science

Sarah Caseley
Academic Business Development Manager
Phone: +64 3 369 4170 ext. 94170

UC Engineering

Lisa Kulczycki
Marketing and Outreach Co-ordinator
Phone: +64 3 369 5591