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Science Outreach

Celebrate Science


Celebrate Science is a three-day Durham University Science Festival that takes place during the local schools' October half-term holiday. It includes a wide range of fun and fascinating science-themed events and activities focused around a marquee situated on Palace Green, as well as at various University locations around the city.

"Well done Durham Uni - brilliant half-term event for the whole family (only one in the country?!) Great."

"Excellent workshops and great work by volunteers - please repeat."

"Brilliant science for kids. Great to see so many kids excited about science! Keep it up!"

Comments from the 2013 festival 'Feedback Wall'

Celebrate Science offers a unique opportunity for Durham University to promote its science, both teaching and research, to a general audience through engaging outreach activities. The aim is to stimulate interest in science and to inspire young people to study science in the future, while putting the University at the heart of a fun community event.

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Over 6,500 people visited the marquee during Celebrate Science 2013 where they experienced a varied programme of events and activities, including investigating human and animal skulls, blowing giant bubbles and mind boggling visual illusions. Amongst many other things children were invited to create their own inventions, take part in experiments, measure their fitness and make their own Kazoo!

Read more about Celebrate Science 2013 in Dialogue Magazine.

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Celebrate Science Festival 2011

Celebrate Science Festival 2011

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"Lots of hands on experiments for kids. The students could not have been more friendly, enthusiastic in answering questions and explaining in just the right way so that we could all understand. Fantastic Day!"

"My daughter (age 10) MADE me bring her here today - all the way from EAST YORKSHIRE! But it was worth it. Well done!"

"Who knew science was so much fun!?! Thoroughly enjoyed every exhibit. Can't wait to come again."

Comments from the 2012 festival 'Feedback Wall'

For more information please contact:

Dr. Paula Martin
Tel: +44 (0) 191 33 42338