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Bath Taps into Science 2006

Press Release - 06 March 2007

Robots, slime and school pupils share the fun of science

Over 60 school children from the Bath area will be sharing their excitement for science as part of the Bath Taps into Science festival organised for National Science & Engineering Week.

As well as the usual mix of stalls on everything from slime to robots, festival organisers have invited children from Ralph Allen, Broadlands and the Paragon schools to design fun exhibits so they can share their enthusiasm for science with the wider public.

They will take their place alongside scientists and students from the University of Bath at Green Park Station on 9 -10 March 2007, where they will entertain crowds with their hands-on, interactive stalls on the science of electricity and bubbles, among other exciting topics.

“Bath Taps into Science is very important as it gives young people the chance to communicate and show that science is fun and accessible,” said Professor Chris Budd, one of the event organisers, from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath.

“It is unique as it is the only National Science & Engineering Week event in the country that invites children themselves to exhibit.

“There is something of interest to everyone on show, and proves that science covers an enormous range of topics.”

This is the seventh year that Bath Taps into Science has been run, and each year up to 1,500 people visit the festival.

“Teachers tell us that Bath Taps into Science is hugely inspirational for the children involved who get so much out of the opportunity to be scientists for the day,” says Peter Ford, another of the organisers from the Department of Physics at the University of Bath.

“It is also incredibly inspiring for the 600 plus young people who visit, and we make sure that as many young people as possible can come along by providing free buses to the festival for school groups from right across the region.”

There promises to be an international flavour with a school flying over from Madrid especially to exhibit at the Bath festival.

In addition to the children’s exhibits, University of Bath staff and students are set to engage visitors with their entertaining activities on liquid nitrogen, slime-making and hands-on physics experiments.

A live-video link-up from the festival to schools around the country will also be taking place, organised by video conferencing firm Motivate.

The Lady Mayor has promised to stop by to meet the children and take a look around the many stalls.

The exhibitions will be open at Green Park Station from 11am-3pm on Friday 10 March, and 10am-4pm on Saturday 11 March. The Bath Taps into Science event is sponsored by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and has been arranged by local scientists and special interest groups.

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