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Cambridge Science Festival

8 March 2010 - 20 March 2010

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8 March 2010
20 March 2010

 Join us for the UK’s largest free science festival, exploring subjects from astronomy to zoology, with demonstrations, hands on experiments, talks from leading scientists, and visits to University and partner facilities. Over 150 events will be on offer designed to give families, adults and children of all ages two weeks of hands on science and insight into the University’s cutting edge research. Many of the hands on activities, demonstrations and children’s lectures will take place on our family fun days on Saturday 13 and 20 March.

The theme for 2010 will be ‘Diverse science’ to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity and there’ll be many opportunities to delve into diversity at events for all ages during our family fun days and adult evening lecture series.

  • Highlights for adults include:
     Investigate the science of survival with Helen Keen (Channel 4 New Comedy Writing Award Winner) in The arctic survival show as she tells of the frozen world of early Arctic exploration and her own humid family history
  • Join specialist science guides on the Daring diversity walking tour to explore Cambridge in a unique way and discover why Newton poked a needle in his eye and why Darwin’s nickname was ‘Gas’
  • Discover the science of humour as Psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman describes his year-long search for the world’s funniest joke

Highlights for families include:

  • Hands on activities in Colourful creatures at the Museum of Zoology
  • The opportunity to make your own ‘Jigglebot’ in Robots for beginners
  • Discover the world of waves, gases and chemistry with The Naked Scientists as they detonate bombs, electrocute vegetables, and turn air into a liquid!

There are also opportunities for secondary schools and sixth form colleges to get involved in the Science Festival with the Schools’ Zone on 20 March 2010.  Teams of students are invited to bring a display of science, technology, engineering or maths projects to show to an audience of the general public and University outreach officers.  If your school is interested in participating in the Schools’ Zone, please contact email for further details.

Family fun days: 13 and 20 March 2010
The vast majority of events are free of charge
Full programme online at: www.cambridgescience.org or please call 01223 766766 to request a hard copy.
Bookings now open.