A full day of robotics and drones at Biosphere 2!

Join us Saturday, March 24 for this special event with drone racing after dark as seen on ESPN!

Purchase tickets now for this special full-day event where you can tour Biosphere 2, get hands-on experience with drones, explore the science of autonomous vehicles, and learn more about new ways that robotics supports the earth science community.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018 starting at 11am, UA Biosphere 2 will host a special full-day event focused on the 4th Industrial Revolution, the era bringing together the physical, digital and biological worlds.

Special Daytime Events

While you’re with us, learn more about Biosphere 2 on any of our redesigned tour experiences. Our Under the Glass Tour, 30-year History Tour and engaging Family Tour (great for the kids) will all be available during the daytime proceedings. When you’re done visiting Biosphere 2’s amazing grounds and famous infrastructure, get access to hands-on experiences with drones, explore the science of autonomous vehicles, and see demonstrations of remotely operated vehicles. Our daytime events will be a fun and engaging way for the whole family to learn the new ways robotics and drones support the earth science community.

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One of a Kind Nighttime Event

The Drone Racing League (DRL), the world’s premier drone racing circuit, will stage the third race of the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season – under the glass at Biosphere 2!

This special race (part of drone racing as seen on ESPN), will feature the Biosphere 2 theatrically lit at night, with thousands of LED and colored lights enhancing the structure in a way never seen before. Twelve elite FPV (First Person View) pilots will fly custom-built DRL drones in excess of 90 miles per hour through a complex, three-dimensional racecourse inside Biosphere 2, battling it out for first place and the chance to compete in the DRL season finale in Saudi Arabia!

For fans of drone racing, and fans of the Biosphere 2, this one-of-a-kind event is quite literally something you’ve never seen before — don’t miss it!

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Activities and times subject to change.

All Day

11:00am-04:00pm Drone Race League Simulator - Biosphere 2 Lower Habitat
11:00am-10:00pm Nonna Maria’s serving food - Biosphere 2 Lawn

Biosphere 2 Tours

09:00am–04:00pm Biosphere 2 tours
10:00am–03:00pm History Tours on the hour
11:00am–04:00pm Family Tour Passport

Drones and Exhibitors

11:00am–04:00pm Steele Robotics - Autonomous Golf Ball Picking Robot demonstration - Biosphere 2 Lawn
11:00am–04:00pm Arizona Department of Public Safety - DPS Drone and ROV demonstration - Biosphere 2 Lawn
11:00am–04:00pm Arizona Project WET - Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) demonstration - Biosphere 2 Ocean Gallery/Rainforest Patio
11:00am–04:00pm Avirtek & UA Autonomic Computing Lab (ACL) - Smart House/Smart Car Test Beds Cyberattack demonstration - Biosphere 2 Lower Habitat
11:00am–04:00pm Arizona Geological Survey - Drone display and mineral showcase - Biosphere 2 Upper Habitat
11:00am–04:00pm UA Libraries iSpace - Virtual Art Room, Virtual Reality and 3D Scanning demonstration - Biosphere 2 Upper Habitat
11:00am–04:00pm UA Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering - Dynamic Data Driven Adaptive Multi-scale Simulation border surveillance demonstration - Biosphere 2 Sahara Room
11:00am–03:00pm Barrow Neurological Institute - Ekso Bionics exoskeleton, Myomo arm exoskeleton and Rapael Smart Glove demonstration - Biosphere 2 Sahara Room
01:00pm–02:00pm Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture - Drone Display and Virtual Flight Simulator - Biosphere 2 Lower Habitat

Drone Racing League

04:00pm–05:00pm DRL Drone flight demonstration - Biosphere 2 Lawn
06:00 pm–12:00am Drone Racing - Biosphere 2 Lawn

Ticket Prices:

All Day

Adult: $20
Educators: $10
K-12 Students : $5*
College Students: $5*

Race Only

Adult: $12
Educators: $8
K-12 Students : $5*
College Students: $5*

*Valid school ID required


University of Arizona Biosphere 2
32540 S. Biosphere Road, Oracle, AZ 85623
Phone: 520-621-4800