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Abingdon’s ATOM Festival science challenge weekend

Thursday 10th June 2021

We’re delighted to take part in the ATOM Festival of Science and Technology interactive event in Abingdon this weekend (June 11-13). All are welcome to get involved, engage with science and enjoy the sunshine! The #ATOM2021 Sci Cache Challenge is a free outdoor event, where you can find a network of signs around the town, scan the QR codes printed on them and complete challenges and activities contributed by a wide range of science, technology and environmental organisations.

That’s not all, as participants with a minimum number of points collected can be entered into a draw for a fantastic range of prizes, from a LEGO model of the International Space Station, to book and coffee vouchers and free tickets for speaker events at ATOM festival 2022. Details will be posted on the ATOM Festival website, including instructions on how to take part and a map of the QR sign locations.

When you locate and have a go at Science Oxford’s garden-themed game, you can post your photo or video clip and tag us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @ScienceOxford (or email [email protected]) for the chance to win a family visit to our Science Oxford Centre this summer! #ATOM2021 #ScienceFromHome

There will also be an ATOM Festival information stall in the town square from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 12 June and paper copies of the Sci Cache Challenge map will be available in the Abingdon County Hall Museum, Mostly Books, The Abbey Cinema Box Office, The Missing Bean Cafe, the Visitor Information Centre and Abingdon Library.

Science Oxford is one of many local science and tech organisations and companies are supporting the event, such as GKN Automotive, Immunocore, Harwell Campus and GE Aviation. University departments represented include the University of Oxford’s Physics and Engineering Science Departments, the Jenner Institute and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. National contributors include the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the UK Polar Network and Public Health England. More locally, Abingdon Astronomical Society and the Abingdon-based Sumatran Orangutan Society have also designed activities, as well as Abingdon County Hall Museum.

Don’t forget to bring your mobile phone or tablet, and post a photo of our challenge. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

You can find out more about ATOM Festival and the Sci Cache Challenge here.

The Abingdon ATOM Festival of Science and Technology is a vibrant and family friendly amateur science festival, and is looking for local enthusiasts with interest and ideas for returning the Festival to its full, pre-pandemic range of events and activities in 2022. Anyone, with or without a background in science, who is interested in joining should get in touch via [email protected].

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