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Part of the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
Throughout the weekend a variety of hands-on activites will be available for families. Specifically designed for the whole family to enjoy, the activities will excite, challenge and inspire both young and old with science.
Please note: children must be supervised by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult at all times and no adults will be admitted without an accompanying child.
These activities are aimed at those between the ages of 8 and 14.
Admission is free - just like the rest of the exhibition.
The science of the big and small
Saturday 9 July
Learn how to find stars in the night sky and how explorers used them to navigate. Turn powder and liquid into a bouncy ball! Investigate light – the kind that can’t be seen with human eyes... Become a human wire! We guarantee the activities will be fun, perhaps a bit messy, and will spark your children’s curiosity about the world around them.
11.30am and 2.30pm – Planispheres – learn about the stars1pm and 4pm – Polymers – make a bouncy ballThese activities last half an hour and will have a sign-up sheet on the day. Space is limited in each time slot. Shorter drop-in activities will be available between 11am and 5pm whilst the main activities are not running.
The real science of the circus
Sunday 10 July
Spectacular juggling and balancing tricks are used together with lots of volunteer help to show how forces work and combine when real circus performers show off their skills. James Soper, an ex-professional circus performer, who is also a qualified teacher and a Guinness World Record Holder for juggling, will perform a stunning show combining top-quality circus skill and science education.
Showtimes: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Seating for the shows will be on a first-come-first-served basis via a signup sheet on the day.
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