Discovery Park

NASA-sponsored learning camp at UNT launches imaginations into orbit

Sat, Feb 11, 2017 - 11:28pm

By Matt Payne

On a bright, unseasonably warm February afternoon, 20 pairs of young, awestruck eyes gazed straight toward the sun.

That’s frowned upon by eye doctors, but these 20 youngsters equipped themselves with Eclipse Shades — glasses made with a black polymer filter that blocks all light except for that from the sun.

In practice for watching the solar eclipse that will occur on Aug. 21, the students stared into the sunlight. And, metaphorically speaking, into potential futures in science, technology, engineering and math.

“I learned so much I didn’t think was possible in science,” said Sanger ISD...

Zero Energy Lab now open for tours

Tue, Jan 31, 2017 - 9:06pm

Members of the community can tour the Zero Energy Lab at UNT’s Discovery Park for free.

Before now, university students and school groups primarily were given full tours at their request. Now, anyone can request a tour by contacting Erin Allice at or calling 940-565-2400.

The 1,200-square-foot lab is a self-sufficient building that uses only energy it produces. It’s used to study and test alternative energy technologies, such as LED lights and a rain-harvesting water system.

UNT earns status of Bee Campus USA

Thu, Aug 11, 2016 - 5:15am

The University of North Texas has been named a Bee Campus USA, the first Texas university campus to earn the distinction.

The program is part of Bee City USA, a national nonprofit that supports pollinating insects.

Students sowed wildflower seeds, transplanted perennials and built a rock border to revitalize the Ladybird Johnson Memorial Wildflower Garden near Apogee Stadium. Students are also designing a community garden for the main campus and a bee-friendly garden at the Discovery Park campus.

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Energy industry leaders talk efficiency

Sat, Jul 23, 2016 - 11:36pm

By Julian Gill

Leaders of local energy companies talked energy consumption on Saturday morning during U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess’ annual Energy Summit and Fair at the University of North Texas’ Discovery Park.

Although most of the speakers touched on broad concepts behind energy efficiency, Burgess said he hoped the dozens of attendees at the Discovery Park would take away some practical knowledge as well.

“This is not about what the government can do,” said Burgess, R-Pilot Point. “This is what you — as an individual and a family — how you can make the smartest decision as far as buying or making that...