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Science Oxford’s day out at ATOM Festival

Thursday 13th April 2017

ATOM Festival of Science and Technology took place in Abingdon this March, as part of the Oxfordshire Science Festival, supported by Science Oxford. The festival was a great success and featured exciting events such as a talk with BBC science presenter, Jim Al Khalili, a Science Market with hands-on activities for families and a children’s book presentation “How to be an Astronaut”, plus a Schools Day.

Over 100 people came along to the Family Science Fair and visited the Science Oxford stall to try activities from physics-inspired ‘bubbles’ to engineering-inspired ferris wheel construction and race car building with K’Nex – which was particularly popular with the kids!

We challenged both parents and children to tackle our puzzles – the handcuff one was really difficult, and most grown ups enjoyed that! At the end of the day, our visitors not only had fun trying out the activities, but hopefully went away just that little bit more knowledgeable.

“There has been so much positive feedback, but the best outcome of the day is the size of the word ‘fun’! Jeremy P. Thomas, Co-ordinator, Abingdon Science Partnership

We hope, through the ATOM Festival and the many other events that we run – and partner with – that Science Oxford can engage more families with science and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators! In 2018, ATOM will take place between Wednesdsay 14th and Sunday 18th March. For more information, visit the ATOM festival website.

If you enjoyed ATOM you will love the upcoming Oxfordshire Science Festival, taking place across Oxford from Friday 16th to Wednesday 21st June 2017.

Expect fascinating talks and debates, and entertainment through science cabaret and family performances. Look out for a busy weekend of exciting hands-on activities and workshops in Oxford city centre, including a family-friendly ​Research Fair in Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June.

Science Oxford will be running several events for the Oxfordshire Science Festival, including a family Wacky Racing K’Nex Workshop at ‘Test Drive The Future’ at Cherwell School with Oxford Green Week, plus Masters of Disaster – NextGen Earth, an interactive experience where the audience has the chance to vote on possible futures for the planet, and Maker Club where children can make solar chargers for their mobile or tablet. 

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