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Dr Peter Ford gets a good reaction to his nitrogen experiments
Dr Peter Ford gets a good reaction to his nitrogen experiments

Press Release - 30 August 2006

Bath’s science fair showcased at national festival

Bath’s annual science fair is going on tour to Norwich as part of the British Association Festival of Science next week.

Each year, more than 600 school pupils from across the region take part in the Bath Taps Into Science fair where they learn about science through flying pigs, robots and experiments with liquid nitrogen.

Now school pupils in Norwich will get the chance to do the same as the Bath Taps experience goes on tour.

“This is only the second time that we have taken the Bath Taps Into Science fair on tour and it is great that it will be part of the country’s largest annual science festival,” said Professor Chris Budd from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath who organises the event.

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

“The Festival of Science is the largest of its kind in the UK, and we are delighted that the success we have in Bath can be showcased to the people of Norwich.”

One of the star attractions of the Bath Taps Into Science fair is the series of experiments on liquid nitrogen run by Dr Peter Ford from the Department of Physics.

“We use liquid nitrogen to freeze everything from bananas to batteries to balloons to help people learn about materials science, electricity and magnetism and gases,” said Dr Ford.

“It is great stuff to work with, and children in particular find the experiments amazing to watch and take part in.”

Bath Taps Into Science will be running throughout the day as part of the Market of Mathematical Mayhem on 8 September 2006 in the Congregation Hall of the UEA Norwich campus.

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