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Frozen bananas
Peter Ford freezes bananas at last year's Bath Taps into Science
Children and adults are captivated
Children (and adults) are captivated at one of the stalls
Wendy Sadler
Wendy Sadler will deliver the Bath Taps into Science lecture

Press Release - 27 February 2008

Science fair for local pupils to be held at University of Bath for first time

The first day of the ‘Bath Taps into Science’ fair will be held on campus at the University of Bath for the first time on Friday 7 March 2008 (11am - 3pm).

Each year, more than 400 school pupils from across the region take part in the fair where they learn about science through flying pigs, robots and experiments with liquid nitrogen.

Professor Chris Budd from the University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences who is involved in the event said:

“Bath Taps is about having fun with science in a way that helps people explore and learn about the world around them.”

Every year, hundreds of volunteers from the two universities in Bath and the City of Bath College together with local organisations like the BRLSI, Envolve, the Herschel Society and Wessex Setpoint lay out an extensive range of stalls which all aim to communicate science to the general public in creative, accessible ways.

There is something to grab everyone's attention, adults as well as children!

One of the star attractions of Bath Taps into Science is Peter Ford's Liquid Nitrogen Show.

Dr Ford, who recently retired from the University's Department of Physics, has been awarded an MBE in this year's New Year Honour's list for his services promoting science; he is due to collect the award next week.

During his show, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze everything from bananas to batteries to balloons to help people learn about materials, science, electricity and magnetism and gases.

Bath Taps into Science is a two day fair, run as part of National Science Week (10 - 16 March 2008). The first day will be held on University campus at The Founders Sports Hall, in the Norwood building. The second day of the fair will be held at Green Park Station on Saturday 8 March 2008 (10am - 4pm).

Entrance to the fair on both days is free.

Bath Taps into Science 2008 lecture

As part of National Science week, there will also be a talk held at the University on Wednesday 5 March.

This year's lecture will be given by Wendy Sadler, director of ‘Science Made Simple’ which promotes public engagement with science.

The talk, entitled Music to your ears, will feature demonstrations and audience interaction and explore the world of sound from the basics to the latest in music technology.

‘We will be discovering what sound is and what it actually looks like. We will also be having some fun with synthesised voices,” said Ms Sadler.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 5 March 2008 at 7pm in the University Hall, Claverton campus, University of Bath. Free tickets are available from Stephanie Skaife,Reception Secretary, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Tel: 01225 386989.

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