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This season, we’ve spotlight some of the experiences and events that are available, to get your family and friends excited about life, the universe and scientific discoveries!
A Pint of Science (locations nationwide)
One for the adults - coming to a pub near you soon. This unique global event sees some of the most brilliant scientists share their research through informal and interactive talks. Topics cover a vast array of fields from neuroscience and physics to zoology and much more. Why not pull up a chair and meet the people responsible for the future of science – all in the comfort of your local!
Science Centre at Birr Castle, Offaly
This interactive centre reveals the wonders of early photography, engineering and astronomy with a special emphasis on the brilliant design and assembly of the world famous Great Telescope. Also, discover astronomical instruments, and photographic equipment used by the Third and Fourth Earls and Mary, Countess of Rosse, in the middle and late 1800s.
Horniman Museum, London
Explore city wildlife in and around the city of London at the nature base or wildlife trails, or take a magical journey through the highly acclaimed aquarium. Plus, check out the larger than life robotic animals at the Horniman’s Robot Zoo Exhibition (open until 29th October). Where you will find exhibits constructed from machine parts and gadgetry, including a squid with 18-foot tentacles and a gigantic robotic rhino. At this hands-on interactive event for all the family you can also find out how high a grasshopper can jump, or how a fly sucks up its food.
Imperial Festival, London
Enjoy a weekend of discovery from the clever boffins at Imperial that includes science, technology, workshops, talks and experiments. See yourself age 50 years in a matter of seconds, watch explosive experiments, look at superbugs and even travel to the edge of the universe! There’s something for all ages to experience at this fun-packed free weekend (6th and 7th May)
Planetarium at the World Museum, Liverpool
The planetarium is hosting shows for all ages as part of the ‘Out of this World’ programme. Space fans can take a trip through space and time with shows ranging from 'Fly me to the Moon' for toddlers to 'From Earth to the Universe' – for adults and children over the age of 11.
Robots at the Science Museum, London
The Science Museum is hosting a special exhibition tracking the history of robotic invention. Did you know the first robots were developed over 500 years ago? The oldest exhibit dates back to the 1860’s and this is just one of the 100 displays awaiting you at this enlightening and sometimes unsettling event. (open until 3rd September)
The National Space Centre, Leicester
For budding astronauts and star gazers of all ages! At the National Space Centre you can try on a space suit, see rockets and meteorites, and gaze at stars and all things cosmic. Why not take a trip through time and space at the Sir Patrick Moore domed planetarium – the UK’s largest!
W5 Science and Discovery Centre, Belfast
The discovery centre has just launched a new ‘Spacebase’ an interactive zone suitable for 3 to 11 year olds. Plus, this April don’t miss the Augmented Reality exhibit which will transport visitors to a range of exotic locations or the Easter – Alien Egghead Spacerace where families can get creative.
Science Hack – Why chill onions before chopping?
When you slice an onion, a chemical reaction occurs between enzymes and chemicals to form a gas. This is what produces the potent smell of an onion, and is also to blame for the tears and stinging sensation in your eyes. However, onions that are chilled for 30 minutes before chopping give off less of this eye-irritating gas that makes you tear up because the lower temperature inhibits the chemical reaction.
Open Water Swimming
This spring why not experience the thrill of open water swimming? If you’re a competent swimmer, and looking for your next challenge away from the pool, then why not dip your toe in. Below, we take a look at what it’s all about.
- What is open water swimming? Basically, swimming in the open such as a lake, the sea or a river.
- How does open water swimming differ from the pool? The challenges faced by swimmers are different; each swim is unique due to temperatures, tides, currents and the elements to name but a few You need to carefully assess the conditions on the day before you jump in and always abide by any safety advice or warnings on the day.
- Do I need to do a specific stroke? Generally free-style, but there are a number of specific techniques recommended for breathing, hand movements and tempo.
- What equipment is needed? Ideally a wetsuit as water temperatures can be very cold, caps, earplugs and also some goggles – these will be needed to navigate yourself through less than clear water!
- How fit do I need to be? You need to be a competent swimmer. Practising in a pool to build up stamina and strength is necessary.
- How safe is it? As with any activities involving water, safety is the first priority. Each club or event will give guidance on the measures to minimise risks. See Am I Safe and RLSS for more guidance.
- Where can I participate? For those starting out visit Swimming.org and to find a venue near you check out the Wild Swim Map at The Outdoor Swimming Society.
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