Amazed by Science Festival returns to Cheshire for half term




If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this half term then check out this year’s Amazed by Science Festival.

 The week-long festival takes place between 27th May and 4th June with a packed programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events for all the family taking place across the county. Whether the kids fancy operating a robot, learning about space and aliens, messing around with slime, meeting beekeepers or making a lava lamp there is something for everyone.

The festival, now in its fourth fantastic year, was created by Marketing Cheshire and The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. The headline sponsor is Essar at Stanlow with other local sponsors including Urenco, Siemens, National Nuclear Laboratory and Waters.

 The event aims to promote and celebrate Cheshire’s rich science base, and capture children’s imaginations. Venues taking part include Tatton Park, Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Chester Zoo, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Anderton Boat Lift and Lion Salt Works.

Free events take place at Warrington Golden Square Shopping Centre, Crewe Lifestyle Centre, Chester City Centre (town hall square), Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and Pedal Power and science events will be hosted by Essar at Ellesmere Port Sports Village and Ellesmere Port Arcades Shopping Centre.

Ian Cotton, Head of Communications and Community at Essar Stanlow said: “Making science exciting and fun is the key aim of the Amazed by Science Festival and we’re delighted to be able to support the event.  We hope lots of local children will enjoy the events this half term happening across Cheshire”

Katrina Michel, Chief Executive at Marketing Cheshire, commented: “We’re delighted to host Amazed by Science for the fourth year, celebrating Cheshire’s strong background in science and innovation. Amazed by Science aims to inspire a love of science in children and we hope families enjoy the fantastic range of hands on experiences taking place throughout the county this half term.”

For the full list of events visit www.amazedbyscience.co.uk or take a look at the list below.

2017 Amazed by Science Programme of Events

NUTRITION SCIENCE AT THE ZOO

Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June, Chester Zoo

10am-11.30am

All ages

Free with general admission

What’s for lunch? Find out what it takes to feed the zoo. Creating diets for our unique animals is an importance science. Compare different animals and work out what nutrition they need.

BE AMAZED BY SCIENCE…AT TATTON PARK

Monday 29th May-Friday 2nd June

Times vary

All ages

Free with park entry charge

Be Amazed by Science at Tatton Park and discover the secrets of science and technology in the Mansion, Gardens and Farm this May half term. Participate in spotting trials around the Mansion and Gardens and then visit the Farm for a different workshop every day, including sessions on cheese making, animal diets and farm machinery.

FANTASTIC PLASTIC

Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June, Catalyst

12pm3pm

Ages 5-16

£1.25 plus general admission

One of our most popular hands on sessions – experiment with an amazing plastic material before making it into a keyring to take home.

LUDICROUS LIQUIDS

Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June, Catalyst

11am2pm

Ages 5-10

£1.25 plus general admission

A chance for young scientists to get some hands on fun in our lab experimenting with interesting and surprising liquids. How many colours can you get in your rainbow straw, and can you make a lava lamp?

BECOME A MAD SCIENTIST AT THE LION SALT WORKS

Tuesday 30th-Wednesday 31st May

10.30am-1pm2-4.30pm

All ages

£1.50 suggested donation

Embrace your inner Mad Scientist and help us celebrate the Amazed by Science Festival! Excitement, intrigue and lots of fascinating experiments guaranteed.

TAKE PART IN A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT

Tuesday 30th May, Port Arcades Shopping Centre and Ellesmere Port Sports Village

10-3pm
All ages

Free

Bring your little ones to the Port Arcades Shopping Centre or Ellesmere Port Sports Village for fun, FREE science activities organised by Essar Stanlow. Make a lava lamp, use pedal power to race scalextric cars, make a magnet motor and see how to clean dirty water.

TINY SPACE EXPLORERS

Tuesday 30th May – Friday 2nd June, Jodrell Bank

10.30am & 1.30pm

Under 5s

Free with general admission

Would you like to travel to space with us? We will be setting off in our own Jodrell Bank rocket and travel through our Solar System and out into the vastness of space to finally land on an alien planet! Join us for this explorer walk investigating “alien” flora and fauna in Jodrell Bank’s gardens and arboretum.

SIEMENS PODS AT JODRELL BANK

Tuesday 30th May – Friday 2nd June

10am-5pm

All ages

Free with general admission

Visitors can learn, explore and experience science, technology, engineering and maths in action with Siemens’ interactive online games. Activities vary from testing your skills to keep cars rolling off a production line, putting a human skeleton together correctly, to choosing the right energy solutions to keep an island running!

IS IT SCIENCE OR IS IT MAGIC? LIVE SCIENCE SHOW

Tuesday 30th May – Friday 2nd June, Jodrell Bank

11am2pm and 2.30pm

All ages

Free with general admission, tickets can be booked in advance 01477 571766

Ever wondered about the Science behind incredible illusions or great magic tricks? Well here’s your chance to discover the truth. Things can always appear magical until you uncover the scientific explanation. Now you can outwit your friends with insider science knowledge in our brand new show Is it Science or Is it Magic? Full of fun experiments, interactive demonstrations, and even the occasional exploration, this impressive live show is perfect for all the family.

 MEET THE EXPERT

Tuesday 30th May – Friday 2nd June, Jodrell Bank

1pm

All ages

Free with general admission

Here’s your chance to meet one of Jodrell’s Bank’s resident science and astronomy experts. You’ll get to find out about their work and have the chance to ask the questions you’ve always wanted the answers to.

LIVE BEEKEEPING DEMONSTRATIONS

Tuesday 30th May – Friday 2nd June, Jodrell Bank

2pm

All ages

Free with general admission

Come along to our apiary and see a live beekeeping demonstration. The Beekeepers will talk through what they’re looking for and how the colony is doing as well as answer any questions you might have. You’ll be able to see live bees up close and find out how to encourage bee-friendly habitats. You also get a chance to talk to real Beekeepers and find out about their ancient craft of Beekeeping between 10am-5pm every day. Visitors can also borrow a bee backpack and take a trial around the gardens carrying out bee-themed activities.

FEEL THE FORCE

Tuesday 30th May, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Wednesday 31st May, Chester Town Hall Square

10am-3pm

All ages

Free event

Get hands on with science where Urenco will be holding activities for kids to learn about how fun science can be! Meet the Urenco team and discover how everyday forces can be used to enrich uranium to become nuclear fuel. There will be virtual reality headsets showing the idea of enriching uranium, hands-on separation experiments, a mechanical pipework challenge and feel the force centrifuge models.

ENGINEERING EXPERIMENTS WITH CRANES AND LIFTS!

Wednesday 31st May, Anderton Boat Lift

11am-3pm

Ages 5-16

Free event

Learn all about canal cranes and experiment with gears by having a go at building a working mini crane. Understand how hydraulics work by experimenting using our kits, which will help you see the amazing power of hydraulics and understand the principles behind the Anderton Boat Lift. Activities developed in partnership with Rolls Royce, and delivered by the Canal & River Trust.

MAD SCIENCE POP UP LABS

Thursday 1st June, Crewe Lifestyle Centre Library

10am-1pm

Ages 3-14

Free event

Light and Energy funstation – Use our power peddlers to generate enough electricity to power our plasma balls, and the nature of fluorescence and phosphorescence are unveiled in a black light demonstration!

Slime Zone funstation – find out all about polymers and their uses in this ooey gooey science class, and take home your very own pot of slime!

WILDLIFE DISCOVERY WORKSHOP: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

Thursday 1st June, Norton Priory

10am-2pm

Ages 5-10

£10 per child

Discover more about the nocturnal animals found at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens with our Ranger. Investigate owl pellets, have a close up look at moths, and make a bat box for your garden. Bring a picnic lunch and remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

NUCLEAR ZONE

Friday 2nd June, Golden Square Shopping Centre, Warrington

All day

All ages

Free event

Hands-on activities to learn more about the UK’s dynamic nuclear industry. Try your hand at nuclear chemistry in a glovebox or controlling nuclear-decommissioning robots.

TALES OF THE TOWN EXHIBITION AND FUN DAY

Friday 2nd June – Sunday 4th June, Bollington

11am-4pm,

All ages

Free event

From the 2nd – 4th June, interactive curiosity cabinets will land in the post-industrial town of Bollington, awaiting audience’s participation to unlock stories hidden inside. These will be located at several points in the town – Clarence Mill, the rec, Market Place, St John’s Church and the viaduct – and each will contain the memories of people in the town that relate to themes such as community, work and play. Collect a map from Bridgend Centre, Discovery Centre or any artworks locations.

 

There will also be a free family day on 3rd June (11 – 3pm) celebrating the ‘Tales of the Town’. Bollington Cross Primary School will be showcasing their very own time capsules in an exhibition to display their messages to the future. We will be holding a free creative workshop to create your own paper time capsules to take home or add to the exhibition. You will also have the chance to get hands-on with the technology involved in the interactive exhibition.