Fooled You! The Science of Trickery

Saturday, 1st April 2017
10AM - 11.30AM
12.30PM - 2PM
2.30PM - 4PM
Ages 5-9
£8 per child + booking fee

What better way to spend April Fool’s Day than discovering novel ways to fool your friends! In this new family workshop you will learn how to make water ‘disappear’, use ‘x-ray vision’ to read secret messages and move items with your minds…all with the help of some intriguing scientific principles. A great introduction to chemistry, biology and physics packaged up in fun hands-on activities and experiments.

Do you remember? Elaborate April Fools practical jokes have appeared on radio and TV stations, newspapers, web sites, and have been performed by large corporations. In one famous prank from 1957, the BBC broadcast a film in their Panorama current affairs series purporting to show Swiss farmers picking freshly-grown spaghetti, in what they called the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest. The BBC were later flooded with requests to purchase a spaghetti plant, forcing them to declare the film a hoax on the news the next day. On April Fools’ Day 2016, online football news channel falsely reported that FC Barcelona winger Lionel Messi agreed to a €500 million deal to sign with Real Madrid for five years. The reporter’s name used in the article was “Lirpa Loof”, which is “April Fool” spelled backwards.

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