Get involved – Begbroke Science Wonder engagement
24 April 2023
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Ellie Mathieson writes about how researchers and staff have delivered activities in association with the Cherwell Collective - read to find out how you can get involved.
The Begbroke team have events planned going out to different groups in the Kidlington, Yarnton and Begbroke areas, as well as a one-day family science festival at Begbroke Science Park on 1st July.
They're are looking for more researchers to get involved, as volunteers or to deliver activities – and they can work with you to make this easy and fun. Please get in touch as they’d love to hear from you!
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Meanwhile, read on to find out more about the events that the team have already organised for inspiration:
This Easter MPLS Division staff and researchers delivered hands-on family friendly activities for Family Science Days with Oxford University Development and Cherwell Collective – inspired by the science that takes place at Begbroke Science Park and Oxford University. These took place in Exeter Hall, Kidlington on 13 and 14 April.
The themes were Transport of the Future and Biodiversity and Clean Energy – on Thursday activities included zipline egg racing, floating vehicles (neutral buoyancy), an activity around programmable robots and build your own scribblebots plus content from spin outs Oxccu and Seloxium based at Begbroke Science Park.
On Friday 14 April DPhil students from Wild Cru delivered an interactive activity for families based on how different animals interact with their environment, each other, and humans, including how climate change is affecting wildlife – plus demonstrated the tracking equipment that is used in the field. Families attending could also build their own anemometer, take part in a STEAM activity around nature observation with natural inks made from food waste, a biodiversity quiz from Cherwell Collective and an ice cream Chemistry challenge (where you could eat the results).
This report was written by Ellie Mathieson, photos by John Cairns and Harry Lawlor.
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