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Celebrate Science

Programme of events

Here are some of the great activities that took place at Celebrate Science 2016. The exhibitors for Celebrate Science 2017 will be announced as they are confirmed.

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Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 October 2017
10am - 4pm Daily

Glassblowing (Durham University Chemistry)

Tuesday 25th October Only: 10am - 12noon and 2pm - 4pm

The Chemistry Department’s own Malcolm Richardson and Aaron Brown demonstrate the ancient art of glassblowing. Watch them carefully manipulate this fragile and brittle material into weird and wonderful glassware scientists need to carry out cutting-edge experiments.

Mammal Web (Durham University Biology, Belmont Community School, Durham Wildlife Trust and the British Ecological Society)

Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October Only

Mammals can be very shy and hard to find. We are setting up a network of 'camera traps' around County Durham to photograph and monitor our wildlife. Come along to take a look at our photo's and help us to identify what we've seen!

Sun Dome (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy)

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th October Only

Come inside our Sun Dome! Join our scientists on an exploration of the power of the Sun and fusion energy. Can we make mini suns here on Earth and will these eventually power our homes? Shows last approximately 20 minutes and are suitable for anyone aged 4 and over. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Experiment! (County Durham Schools' Science Ambassadors: Bishop Barrington School; Dene Community School; Parkside Academy; St Bede's School & Sixth Form College, Lanchester; UTC South Durham; and Wolsingham School and Community College)

Come and meet these inspiring school students with an enthusiasm for science and a talent for getting people involved in experiments. They aim to amaze and engage with their hands-on activities including mixing colours, testing balloon rockets and even building planets!

Planetarium (Durham University Physics)

Explore the night sky in Durham University’s planetarium. Join astronomers on a journey to the stars with stories about the constellations and fascinating facts about stars, planets and what you can see in the sky tonight. Shows last approximately 25 minutes and are suitable for anyone aged 4 and over. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The Cool Shapes of Viruses (Durham University Mathematics)

What do you think a football and many viruses have in common? Explore this intriguing question by manipulating shapes, identifying symmetries and discussing the mathematical concept of group. Discover the far-reaching impact of these ideas on modern mathematics.

Eye Openers: Exploring Optical Illusions (Beamish Museum)

Have you ever tricked your eyes into seeing something that wasn’t there? The Victorians were fascinated by optical illusions, and designed a whole variety to entertain. Have a go at tricking your eyes with our examples, and make one to take home.

Amazing Materials (Durham University Chemistry)

Come and see ordinary substances doing extraordinary things! Watch the crazy effect of high and low temperatures on some everyday items, see reactions producing colour changes and test some cutting edge materials with your own hands.

Athlete Testing (Durham University Sport)

What helps make athletes successful at events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games? Sport Science uses a variety of different tests to monitor the athlete's performance and make sure that coach and athlete have all the information required for success. Come along and see if you could be a future Olympian!

Pathology: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment (Pathology, University Hospital North Durham)

Pathology is the science behind the cure. Join local NHS scientists to dispel some of the myths about Pathology. Find out what organ weighs the same as a can of baked beans. Make your own cell and learn about cell organelles. Discover what happens to your blood when it gets tested.

Make It to the Moon (Helen Schell, Artist and ESERO-UK Space Ambassador)

Imagine you live on the Moon: What would it be like? There are already plans to build a 'Moon Village' within the next 50 years. Invent and make your own moon rocket, moon house, moon buggy or robot at this drop in 'make and take' art workshop using recycled materials.

About Time! (Durham University Library Learning Team)

Do you know what time it is right now? If you own a clock, a watch or even a phone or car then you can find out in seconds! It wasn’t always so easy. For thousands of years people have been trying to measure the passing of time and to make sense of it. Does a story only make sense if it has a beginning, middle and an end? Can you go backwards or forwards in time? Join us this year to explore some of the amazing ways people have tried to answer these questions, test your own judgement skills in our ‘time challenge’ and try your hand at predicting the future.

Foundations in Science (Durham University Foundation Centre)

Explore the world of science with the Foundation Centre through a range of activities such as the magical maths in your everyday life; bubble chemistry, exploring the biology of the body and making electricity with fruit and vegetables.

Lighting up the Lungs to Detect Disease (EPSRC IRC – The PROTEUS project)

Emergency! Step inside our critical care ward and help PROTEUS doctors make very important decisions about their patient’s health. Use our brilliant optic fibres to look deep into the patient’s lungs and find the bugs causing the illness, help us choose the correct medicine to give to get our patient back on their feet and well again.

Lights, Colours, Canera, Action! (Durham University Chemistry)

What do sweet wrappers, Pink Floyd, Star Wars and fibre-optic broadband have in common? It’s light! Join Robert Pal from Durham University Chemistry to understand light in all its glory.

Galaxy Makers (Durham University Institute for Computational Cosmology)

Understanding how galaxies are made is one of astronomy’s greatest puzzles. Join us to find out how we use computer simulations to test how galactic ingredients and violent events combine to shape the life history of galaxies, and make your own galaxy in the computer.

Let's Beat Cancer Sooner (Cancer Research UK)

Come and meet some of our researchers who are finding new and better ways of treating cancer. Discover what life as a cancer researcher is really like and take on our science challenge!

Natural Disasters! (Durham University Earth Sciences)

Explosive volcanoes! Oozing lava! Shaking ground! Shattering impacts! The Earth is constantly being rocked by catastrophic events. Visit us to find out how runny and thick lavas make volcanoes explosive (or not!), why the ground shakes in an earthquake and what is left after a meteorite impact!

Visual Illusions (Durham University Psychology)

Come and see some visual illusions! Turn your world upside-down and discover why psychologists are interested in fooling your brain.

Time to Breathe (Life of Breath, Durham University Centre for Medical Humanities)

You breathe over 20,000 times per day, mostly without even thinking about it! Explore some of the amazing things your breath allows you to do - make a picture with your breath, compete with your friends to see who can hum the longest and discover why doctors listen to your lungs when you are ill.

Physics in the Field (Institute of Physics)

Eye-catching physics tricks to wow all ages, using things that can be found at home. Some tricks are messy and some are noisy, but all of them are crowd pleasing and show that physics is everywhere. Come along and find out how to amaze your friends and family with physics!

Science All Around You (Procter & Gamble)

Join scientists from Proctor & Gamble to explore the amazing science behind some of the things that you use everyday. There's more than meets the eye to many of the items you find in your home...

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