Memory listing

NASA in Aberdeen: Inspiring the Next Generation

Aberdeen Science Centre brought together a steering group of various companies and STEM Learning providers in Aberdeen including; the Society of Petroleum Engineers (Aberdeen Section), Energy Institute, Society for Underwater Technology. Robert Gordon’s College, Mearns and Gill and TechFest. This … Continue reading

The Beaches of Cascais: past and present

An outdoor science-based exhibition. Twenty-eight large prints (2x1m) showed the same beach as captured by old and recent photographs, with the images displayed side-by-side. One print displayed a map with the name and location of the beaches, and another one … Continue reading

Average Human

The Average Human was a multi-sensory installation taking science directly to a busy city centre cinema and exhibition complex. Visitors went on a journey of discovery into the daily nutrition, sleep and exercise habits of the average Britain. At its … Continue reading

The Powerof Light

We took a 3x6m gazebo into the central courtyard of the Southgate shopping centre in Bath for Saturday 26th September 9am-7pm. The main focus was an activity building a hand-held spectroscope using a specially made box and a piece of … Continue reading

Exploring the Universe in Virtual Reality

We create two mobile phone apps which work with the Google Cardboard headset. Google Cardboard is a cheap device that allows you to convert your mobile phone in to a virtual reality headset. We published the two apps on to … Continue reading

Community Engagement at Dundee Science Festival

Through a series of events during Dundee Science Festival we celebrated science with hard to reach audiences in deprived areas of Dundee. The events were designed to bring new topics to those that may not have a previous connection with … Continue reading

Connecting with Gravity and Air

We provided hands-on activities for families attending the Rhyl Air Show such as making balloon rocket cars, hovercrafts, parachutes, K’Nex amusement park rides, cars and dragsters aimed at children, as well as alka-seltzer fizz rockets and air pressure tests aimed … Continue reading

Domestic Science

Three broad areas were explored: Washing – washing machine and detergents Cooking – ovens, including microwave ovens and refrigeration Entertainment – record players and sound At each area visitors were able to read a selection of stories from the archive … Continue reading

an outdoor video mapping project of the launch of a space rocket and its journey through space

With Space Station Grantham we will offer a visual and sound event which imaginatively brings to life by means of a space rocket projection onto the church tower and accompanying activities. The audience for Space Station Grantham over 2 evenings … Continue reading

Stories, singing and science event series in Carnforth Library, July-August 2014

Each week was themed, in order “Colour”, “Space”, “Seasons”, “The Beach” and “Weather”. In each session storytelling and singing was alternated with science-based play activities, accompanied by background information. Each event included at least one activity that was suitable for, … Continue reading

Science from the Start event series in Carnforth Library, July-August 2014

Each week was themed, in order “Colour”, “Space”, “Seasons”, “The Beach” and “Weather”. In each session storytelling and singing was alternated with science-based play activities, accompanied by background information. Each event included at least one activity that was suitable for, … Continue reading

Science from the Start event in Lancashire libraries, July 2014

Events provided hands-on activities for adults and children to carry out together, and items to take away to use at home. Instructions, accessible scientific background and concepts to consider to further and enhance science-based learning through exploring and understanding the … Continue reading

Pre-school science engagement activities survey

A survey was set up and distributed to potentially interested people (e.g. parents, researchers, science communicators, educators and childcare providers) via email lists and social media.

Science from the Start event at Lancaster library

Activities were laid out on tables in the children’s area of Lancaster library. Activity sheets were provided for each one with instructions, scientific background and concepts to explore. Children participated in activities, with the help and supervision of adults.

Altered Perceptions

We worked with researchers and clinicians to develop a set of hands on activities and resources that 1. explain how our brains and our senses work together to make sense of the world, 2. convey what it would be like … Continue reading


The exhibition is a dynamic installation that flows organically throughout the whole of the 750m2 third floor of Glasgow Science Centre (GSC), taking full advantage of the bright, open, riverside aspect to create an immediate impressive factor. In this impressive … Continue reading

Hormone Harmony (Funded by the Physiological Society)

Hormone Harmony was delivered by three performers playing ‘Greek hero’, characters who were striving for perfect physiological balance, or homeostasis. The heroes were accompanied by their ‘oracles’ (the two scientists). Multiple performances, activities and engagements were performed whilst roaming, or … Continue reading

Homeland Argyll & Bute

We provided training courses and workshops for local people on how to record and interpret what they found. Training was provided on photogrammetry, surveying and recording for adults and the use of digital photography and film for children and young … Continue reading

STELLA, a story of women, their men and astronomy

We brought together an artistic team who worked collaboratively in preproduction and throughout rehearsals to create STELLA. We then opened in the Brighton Fringe Festival and toured to fifteen venues and played twenty seven performances. On tour STELLA played small … Continue reading

Science on Your Doorstep

The support varied from background brain storming sessions, development of concepts, training of volunteers, sourcing of material to actual physical assistance with events.

Discovering Science Club

-Operating on a Saturday afternoon, scheduled bi-weekly onsite science activities based largely on British Science Association CREST materials as well as content led by science professionals or enthusiastic parents. -Organised offsite attendance at science institutions and events such as Big … Continue reading

The Galaxy Garden “Watch this Space” at RHS Tatton Show

Sponsoring a themed “Galaxy Garden” at the RHS Tatton Show, gave us the ideal opportunity to bring the excitement of astronomical research to a new audience. This grant allowed us to bring together astronomers and horticulturalists to guide visitors around … Continue reading

Physics In The Castle

We held three events across Wrexham and Denbighshire during the 2013 school Summer holidays; at Rhuddlan Castle, Denbigh Castle and Chirk Castle. Both Rhuddlan and Denbigh are owned by Cadw, while Chirk is run by the National Trust. For the … Continue reading

Step into the light fantastic!

- developed with volunteers, a new hands on space exploring light and optics. Areas include Refrection and Refraction, Interference, polarisation, diffraction and colours. All based in a series of stations to encourage participation and brought to life by volunteers

Music of the Sun and Stars

The project combines a four-channel sound installation, “5-minute oscillations of the Sun”, created from actual helioseismic data by the sound artist Caroline Devine, with animated educational material explaining the origins, observations and use of data on oscillations of the Sun. … Continue reading

bed of nails

Over the last year I have designed, build, written risk assessments and demonstrated a bed of nails at six events in and around Sheffield. The bed of nails was designed to be modular and transportable, these aspects have been key … Continue reading

Sidmouth Science Festival 2013

The festival included talks by internationally recognised scientists, hands-on activities from universities, colleges and schools, discussions (café scientifique), science trails, science demonstrations at local schools and the Norman Lockyer Observatory. Every primary school pupil in the Sidmouth area produced a … Continue reading

Magnetism: The Attraction is Clear

I set up a display with a variety of interactive demonstrations. 1. I began with a magnetic fishing task where all of the items were metallic but only some were magnetic and invited people to fish things out. 2. I … Continue reading

'Beatrice Works' Education Programme

We created an ambitious programme of events – A mix of science and art school workshops, site visits, public open day, adult talks, children’s related art exhibition – to complement this Summer’s major exhibition in our Gallery. During May and … Continue reading

'Beatrice Works' Education Programme

We created an ambitious programme of events – A mix of science and art school workshops, site visits, public open day, adult talks, children’s related art exhibition – to complement this Summer’s major exhibition in our Gallery. During May and … Continue reading

Institute of Food Research stand on Network Science at Big Bang Fair 2013

Collaborated with MEandER Travelling Arts Emporium to develop a highly interactive and visually different stand for the Big Bang Fair 2013, accessible to a wide range of audiences.

Energise! at the Glasgow Science Centre

The core programme included an exhibition (11 exhibits where visitors could test their speed, accuracy, strength, endurance – examples include ‘Aim’ visitors aimed balls into various buckets; Hang time – how long can you hang?; a climbing frame); a science … Continue reading

Postcards from our Planet

Over the past year Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh has successfully delivered the Postcards from our Planet project which has inspired a wide range of people to engage in Earth and environmental sciences and photography and use this experience as a … Continue reading

Bright Ideas Show at Satrosphere Science Centre

In producing this interactive science show, we felt it was important to work from a ‘ground-up’ approach. We used a basic planning process to ensure that our show had appropriate aims, and ensure we stuck to those aims throughout the … Continue reading

Family Fun Days with Family Learning and Satrosphere Science Centre

Family Learning Aberdeen run a series of educational events for parents and children throughout the year. We partnered with Family Learning for a series of Family Fun Days which are advertised for Primary 1 pupils from certain city schools and … Continue reading

Forensics special event weekend at Satrosphere

We collaborated with SPSA to produce an interactive workshop to solve a fake crime at Satrosphere. Volunteers were dressed in full crime scene garb and sent into the fake crime scene to collect evidence for later analysis. There were 4 … Continue reading

Undercover Chemistry

To develop a trail of 8-12 shops, each with a Molymod molecule “hidden” inside it. Each molecule was tailor made for the shop, and had an A4 info sheet alongside it which said what the molecule was and why it … Continue reading

Physics of Music

The project involved three hands-on workshops, delivered to a mixed audience. The first workshop covered the basics of sound, the second examined in more detail the differences between musical instruments, and the third examined the difference between “sound” and “music”, … Continue reading

Astronomy Parade @ the Small World Festival

We explored the scale and majesty of the universe by modelling the movement of the sun, earth & moon, and used what we could see through telescopes to create ‘realistic’ costumes for an astronomy themed Kids Parade at the Small … Continue reading

Putting Communities First with Astronomy

Two stargazing events were provided within the Communities First areas of Caia Park and Plas Madoc, as well as engaging with families from other surrounding Communities First areas. Each evening consisted of live interactive planetarium shows which gave the audience … Continue reading

How physics shapes our lives in West Ardnamurchan

The project introduced the following topics: 1. Optics and the nature of light 2. Tides, gravity and forces 3. CERN and the Higgs Boson 4. Astrophysics The approach was a combination of practical activities and experiments, discussion and lectures. The … Continue reading

South Wales Physics Road Shows

Techniquest visited three shopping centres in South Wales located in socially and economically deprived areas. By presenting physics in a public venue, Techniquest allowed people the flexibility to participate on their own terms. Visitors were able to experiment with mini-exhibits … Continue reading

CREST Star Investigators external evaluation 2008

Schools can purchase packs of CREST Star Investigators activities for use in their school. Separate packs are available for each of the levels: Star, SuperStar & MegaStar. Teachers (and parents, home educators & community leaders) can purchase packs from their … Continue reading


In order to pull in as many families as possible who might not normally attend an event presented purely as a science fair, this event was combined with an arena showcasing children involved in basketball, gymnastics, table tennis and karate … Continue reading

Physics on the Foreshore

We trained 10 volunteers new to physics busking on 6th August and recruited 3 experienced buskers. There were 5 buskers per day from 7th – 10th August, busking in a marquee or on the beach (depending on the weather). An … Continue reading

The x-change at the British Science Festival 2012

I managed and produced the project. Inthe months leading up the Festival I pre-booked speakers for both the live show and the supplementary x-tra’s. during the Festival I managed four volunteers as they helped produce the live shows. I also … Continue reading

Dundee Science Festival 2010

Dundee Science Centre led the creation of the festival – as part of our mission to make science part of culture. We invited senior representatives of a range of partners (universities, college, education etc) to a discussion session, to gain … Continue reading

Science in Norwich Day

One day science festival with stands, demonstrations, science shows and talks and sciart actvities

Pedal Power Physics (Funded by the Institute of Physics)

This project engaged audiences in Einstein’s Garden at the Green Man Festival with the physics of pedal power, sparking people’s curiosity about this fun, interactive and social source of renewable energy. The Green Man Festival took place on 20th-22nd August … Continue reading

Fuel Cell Power (funded by the Institute of Physics)

We created a fun and quirky short film showing how hydrogen and oxygen are combined in a fuel cell to produce electricity. This film was screened in the Omni-Tent (one of the main venues in Einstein’s Garden which is powered … Continue reading

Pioneers of British Railway

A daily ‘episode’ broadcast several times throughout the day looking at the pioneers of the British railway.

CREST Award Scheme Expansion Programme in England

• Support the CREST Coordinator network in England to meet the project objectives at a local level • Target 250+ schools in disadvantaged areas in England • Produce resources aimed at teachers – 7 school-based case studies, teachers booklet, STEM … Continue reading

Messy Science

Messy Science was a hands-on activity run as one of a series of events by the University of Bolton which formed part of Manchester Science Festival 2011. It took place over two sessions: in the morning, activities were geared to … Continue reading

The science of the perfect baked potato (Spud Physics)

Participants baked different varieties of potato using a microwave oven and a conventional oven. At intervals during baking they measured: temperature of the potato core and surface using a thermometer, water loss by weighing, and texture. Cooked potato flavour was … Continue reading

One man and his bot

During the course of this project ‘One Man and his Bot’ was delivered at three separate locations: the Imagineering Fairs at the Bath & West Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo, as well as the Discover Zone at Cheltenham … Continue reading

Upstream Public Engagement at the Zoo

Conducted a set of concurrent focus groups involving publics upstream in deciding public engagement priorities, content and methods for Durrell Wildlife Park in Jersey

Physics Fun! (Family Science Days)

We held 6 afternoons of Physics Fun! activities during the summer holiday period. The activities were based in various buildings around the museum site and were influenced by either the buildings, the collections or other summer events. The sessions were … Continue reading

Robot Thought

Four robotics laboratories were involved in the rollout: the Intelligent Robotics Group at Aberystwyth University; the Robotics Outreach Group at the Open University; the Cricket Lab a the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh; the Bristol Robotics Laboratory … Continue reading

Science activity visits in hospitals

W5’s education staff visit the RVHSC in periods when the hospital’s own education staff are unavailable (such as during the summer and Easter holidays). Unless fewer are specifically requested by the hospital [staff], 2 members of W5 staff attend the … Continue reading

Dark Sky Scotland

The programme has involved a vast array of events and activities in different types of venues, following different formats, tailored for different types of participants: • We have run weekend events in some of the most remote communities in Scotland … Continue reading

Healing in the fields and forests

Workshops were held in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn, and focussed on the major medicinal and cosmetic plants used at these times. Each day started with an orientation session followed by a guided walk in nearby woodlands highlighting British native … Continue reading

Community Open Weekends, Thinktank

Building on the community engagement strategy, we work with schools, community groups and community leaders within targeted wards to raise awareness of the Open Weekends. Approx. 30K vouchers (valid for the Open Weekend only) are distributed via these networks to … Continue reading

Govan Science Shuffle

Worked with a community activist project called the Common Good Awareness project, to take part in an annual gathering, the Govan Reshuffle at the Pearce Institute, and added a second annual event, the Govan Science Shuffle in 2009. The … Continue reading

Ruthin: Market town of the future

This proposal involves the inhabitants of a typical market town in evaluation and then proposal for future scenarios for the town through the use of design workshops, design charettes, exhibition and public consultation. In this study different methods of engagement … Continue reading

The S Factor

The project ran a variety of lively and enjoyable science events for the public: radio phone-ins, public debates with high-profile figures, interactive science workshops on topical issues, a comedy show and science Q and A sessions in café settings. At … Continue reading

Spooky Science

Spooky Science is a science show that combines physics and entertainment to produce a science show that appeals to a family audience on holiday. The show was developed by members of the Physics in Society team at the Institute of … Continue reading

Science Museum Outreach – Inmates of the Holloway and Pentonville Prisons

Holloway Prison: The Program was a trial made up of a 3-tiered program. First, we hosted a day at the science museum for families with relatives serving a prison sentence at Holloway. After a meet and greet the families watched … Continue reading

Chemistry Show in British Sign Language

2008: We put on a Chemistry show delivered in BSL and translated into English orally and by an electronic note taker. It formed a part of the Manchester Science Festival and was aimed at improving accessibility to a hard to … Continue reading

Science of Robotics: Mission to Mars

The project introduced the physical principles behind the science of robotics and its usefulness in space exploration. The various sessions during the event were set in a space context such as the Mars pathfinder and Mars exploration missions.

National Science and Engineering Week 2009

Coordinate the programme of over 3,500 STEM events across the country.

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