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My Science Fair is engaging and inspiring young people in the south west.

Published: 15 April 2024

In partnership with the physics department from the University of Bath, and with support from an Ogden physics education grant, the Wiltshire Music Centre (WMC) has recently delivered My Science Fair 2024. 

My Science Fair is an innovative, free, family science festival featuring a competition for 5–11-year-olds. The fair delivers eye-opening STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) demonstrations, workshops and performances, to inspire the next generation of scientists. 

More than 430 visitors attended the Science Fair at the WMC, enjoying a jam-packed day of hands-on science and workshops including The History of Sound and A Science Rapper’s Guide to the Solar System; Commotion in the Ocean was an interactive presentation on how human-made noise affects how marine life communicate with each other, whilst LEGO Robotics invited visitors to get hands on with some programming challenges. There was an array of investigations and activities on offer throughout the day to educate and inspire the visitors. 

 

The picture is of a science fair, there are three kids who are looking at a mini race course.

Experiment conducted at the My Science Fair

Visitor feedback
“The event was very inspiring and has encouraged my son to further study science”

“Our ages ranged from 4 to 42, and
we all enjoyed it and had different favourites”

“It was great to see so many female STEM ambassadors throughout the
day”

The competition was devised and lead by final year physics students from the University of Bath as part of their communicating physics module. The students chose the competition themes and supported the participants to devise their entries, with resources, drop-in sessions, and workshops. AB Dynamics, a local car testing company, sponsored the competition and helped with the tricky, final judging decisions! Ten schools took part in the competition and were joined by home-school pupils too – all the participants submitted impressive science investigations on the topic of stars, light or ocean sounds. 

“Children have fun exploring new concepts and ideas surrounding science and the arts,” explains Cassie Tait, Head of Creative Learning & Community Engagement at WMC. “The festival encourages children and their families to develop their curiosity in science through live hands-on workshops, demonstrations and activities outside the classroom that are relevant to their lives.”  

“Feedback has shown that children leave this festival feeling inspired and motivated to expand their knowledge of science and that their perceptions of scientists and careers in science has been broadened,” continues Cassie. “We are proud to deliver this fantastic community event, showcasing that we are not just a venue for music, but a venue for a multitude of community engagement activities.”

 

This event also has some talks done. There is a lady presenting the my science fair, with the presentation on the background.

Presentation at the My Science Fair.

Visit the WMC website to find out more about the centre and what’s on! 


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