British Science Week 2018 family friendly events

British Science Week 2018 ends this Sunday! 🙁
So, to cheer everyone up we’ve decided to highlight some of the fantastic events happening over the closing weekend, along with some fab online Science resources for children to continue their discovery of the Sciences.

  1. Museum Makes, Rocket Lab
    Location: Greenwich Heritage Centre, Woolwich
    10:30am, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 12pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018Drop-in workshop for children and their families. See our Congreve Rocket and design a rocket to put to the test! See how accurate your rocket is by launching them at targets to see how many you can get!
  2. STEAM@the studio
    Location: OpenHand OpenSpace Brock Keep, Reading
    12pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 4pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018Join in the fun and learning with activities for all ages led by local artists and at Brock Keep, Openhand Openspace gallery and artists’ studios. Explore the architecture of this historic listed building, feel the magic of nature in the garden, make fabulous paper constructions, drawings and racing machines and discover The Den! Workshops led by Think Lockhart, Nature Nurture, The Engine Room, Mini Professors and The Annual Daydream Harvest.
  3. Discovery Night
    Location: Sheffield University
    4pm, Friday 16th March, 2018 – 8pm, Friday 16th March,2018
    The University of Sheffield’s laboratories and lecture theatres will be open to the public for an evening of talks, demonstrations and hands on activities based around our research in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. There will be plenty of fun science activities for younger visitors, and lots of opportunities to put on a lab coat and have a go yourself. Everyone is very welcome and the event is free. Recommended age 5+
  4. Robot Day
    Location: QUAD, Derby
    10am, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 4pm, Saturday 17th March,2018
    The robots are coming to Derby city centre! Get hands-on with coding, watch robots compete in challenges, hear from experts about how robots improve our lives, watch robots in VR, and make robot crafts. This celebration of robots is a fantastic way for young people and their influential people in their lives to find out more about how engineering makes the world a better place. #RobotDay is open to people of all ages, there’s something for everyone 3 years+
    Location: The Calthorpe Project, London
    10am, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 5pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018
    A one-day hands-on workshop with academics and artists from the Slade School of Art, UCL on the theme of food production, sustainability and closing the energy loop. You will have the opportunity to join an experiment to test a hydroponic plant machine, originally devised by NASA and make your own vegetarian closed loop sausages.
  6. Meet the Scientists
    Location: World Museum Liverpool
    10am, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 4pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018
    Plants, microbes and animals; come and explore the diversity of life forms and habitats, get hands on with some exciting experiments and meet the amazing researchers from the University of Liverpool. We’ll be running lots of hands on activities and experiments, suitable for children of all ages, and they’ll be plenty for adults too! Follow our treasure map around the event, and there’s a prize at the end if you complete all the activities! Free to attend, no booking required.
  7. Discovery Bay 2018
    Location: The Works and Science Beach, Sandown, Isle of Wight
    10:30am, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 4:30pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018
    Science, Nature, Art… Become a Bayologist in 2018 and celebrate British Science Week in the Bay… with a day of scientific discovery and pop-up natural history, on land and on sand! Drop-in labs, microscopic art and beach rummaging, and featuring natural wonders from pickled worms to sponges, sea squirts, moths, moss, bugs & poos! Free event for all the family with the Bay Coastal Community team, Arc, Artecology, The Common Space, the National Poo Museum & iWatchWildlife.
  8. Explore Science and Engineering @ SHU
    Location: Sheffield Hallam University, Atrium, Sheffield
    12pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 4pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018Students and staff from Sheffield Hallam University will host an interactive family afternoon showcasing research in biology, chemistry, forensic science, engineering and health. Find out about the brain and conditions like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, how venom from animals can be used to develop therapeutic agents, detection of ‘fake’ money with forensic science as well as all of our exciting engineering and robotics work. New for this year, there will be mini talks and demonstrations.
  9. Family Fun for British Science Week
    Location:Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Doncaster
    10:30am, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 2am, Saturday 17th March, 2018
    Discover how science helps us to look after museum collections and learn how archaeologists use it to uncover the past! Families can come and take part in a number of hands on activities situated around the Museum & Art Gallery. Visitors can get their fun day activity sheet signed at each activity to say they have completed it, then collect a certificate on their way out. Activities include model building, painting, experiments and arts and crafts.
  10. Dark Sky Above
    Location: Glentrool, Old School, Glentrool
    7pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018 – 9pm, Saturday 17th March, 2018Glentrool is a Dark Sky Community in the heart of Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park because of this it is a wonderful place to experience the dark and see stars. We will travel to a nearby spot in the Dark Sky Park to stargaze with Elizabeth Tindal, a Biosphere Dark Sky Ranger for one of the darkest places on our planet. If the weather is not good for stargazing alternative activities will be available, including a small camp fire which will be the central sun as part of a solar system activity.
  11. Family Day at NLO
    Location: Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth
    Saturday 17th March, 2018 – Saturday 17th March, 2018A family fun day of hands-on science activities, planetarium shows, storytelling, historic dome tours, 3D printing demos, Solar and Radar meteor observing. 11.00am – 5.00pm Chidren Free Adults £8. Refreshments available.


What to do once British Science Week 2018 ends?

If your little ones have been bitten by the Science bug due to this years British Science Week and are hungry for more Science fun, then head over to and check out their list of the very Best Science resources around.

Insanely Awesome Science Websites and Resources That Will Blow Your Mind


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