Local school pupils discover the link between science and art

Over 650 school children explored the link between science and art at a two-day, hands-on science fair that opened at the University of Bath on Friday 12 March.

Bath Taps into Science 2010 gave pupils from different primary and secondary schools throughout Bath and the surrounding areas, a chance to learn about the world by having fun with science.

A link to the photo gallery of the event can be found in the related links.

Annual favourites of the event included a slime stall, robotic lego and a liquid nitrogen show that froze everything from bananas to balloons.

All the events were aimed at helping the students understand materials, electricity, magnetism and gases.

New stalls for 2010 event included ‘Beautiful Chemistry’, presented by Oldfield Secondary School. Students  discovered the chemistry of cosmetics, learning how smell travels and how perfumes are made.

Pupils from Marksbury Primary School provided several hands-on electrical activities including ‘Colour Wheel’, which investigates the use of electrical motors.

Professor Chris Budd, from the University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences, said: "I am really delighted that so many schools came and brought their own exhibitions.

"It is very exciting to see the next generation of scientists in action".

Students get hands on with science and art

Students get hands on with science and art

The fair was held at the University of Bath’s Founders’ Sports Hall (11am to 3pm). Families and shoppers can enjoy its second day at Bath's Green Park Station on Saturday 13 March (10am to 4pm). Entrance is free.

University students helping out at the fair get messy

University students helping out at the fair get messy

On Saturday 13 March at 3pm, Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Holburne Museum, presents an entertaining lecture at how easily artists can deceive us and why seeing shouldn't always be believing.

This free family lecture takes place at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution in Queen Square, Bath.

Bath Taps into Science is run as part of National Science & Engineering Week (8-12 March) and last year won the British Science Association’s award for the best science event during the National week.

The event is organised, run and supported by hundreds of volunteers across Bath and the surrounding areas. This year’s sponsors include Hewlett Packard and the British Science Association.

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