Brighton Science Festival

Events 2018

 Brighton Science Festival is now over. Here’s a look at the events that were part of our 2018 programme. If you’d like to bring an event to Brighton Science Festival in the future, please do get in touch

Saturday 10 February

Bright Sparks
BRIGHT SPARKS SATURDAY 2018
The festival’s flagship event lands in Hove for a whole weekend of hands-on science fun, with an exciting array of activities for children and their parents. 
Hove Park Upper School10.00am – 5.00pm
I SPY MUSEUM
Hunt for the smallest, biggest, shiniest, weirdest things on display at Brighton Museum. 
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery10:00am – 5:00pm (drop-in)
SLIME TIME
Immerse yourself in the messy science of slime using secret recipes and simple kitchen ingredients to make lots and lots of slime. 
Artpod10:00am – 10:45am, 11:15am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 1:45pm, 2:15pm – 3:00pm
MAKERLAB MONSTERS
Save toys from the rubbish heap in a hands-on craft and tech workshop with Exploring Senses. 
Exploring Senses Pop-Up MakerLab11:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
ARCTIC ADVENTURE – EXHIBITION BY BEATRICE VON PREUSSEN
Delve into the sketch books, photo albums and diaries from printmaker Beatrice von Preussen’s trip to the Arctic Circle. 
ONCA Gallery12:00pm – 6:00pm (drop-in)
OLIVER MEECH: WHEN MAGIC AND SCIENCE COLLIDE 2.0
The sell-out smash returns. Amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. 
Sweet Dukebox2:00pm – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
OLIVER MEECH: SCIENCE SECRETS BEHIND MAGIC
Discover the HOW behind the WOW as science magician Oliver Meech shows you the surprising science behind magic. 
Sweet Dukebox3:30pm – 4:30pm
ALBERT EINSTEIN: RELATIVITIVELY SPEAKING (JUNIOR EDITION)
Join Albert, the genius behind the übercoolest moustache in science, for a lecture like no other. 
Sallis Benney Theatre6:00pm – 7:00pm

Sunday 11 February

Bright Sparks
BRIGHT SPARKS SUNDAY 2018
The second day of a weekend of hands-on science fun, with an exciting array of activities for children and their parents. 
Hove Park Upper School10:00am – 5:00pm
I SPY MUSEUM
Hunt for the smallest, biggest, shiniest, weirdest things on display at Brighton Museum. 
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery10:00am – 5:00pm (drop-in)
SLIME TIME
Immerse yourself in the messy science of slime using secret recipes and simple kitchen ingredients to make lots and lots of slime. 
Artpod10:00am – 10:45am, 11:15am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 1:45pm, 2:15pm – 3:00pm
MAKERLAB MONSTERS
Save toys from the rubbish heap in a hands-on craft and tech workshop with Exploring Senses. 
Exploring Senses Pop-Up MakerLab11:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
ARCTIC ADVENTURE – EXHIBITION BY BEATRICE VON PREUSSEN
Delve into the sketch books, photo albums and diaries from printmaker Beatrice von Preussen’s trip to the Arctic Circle. 
ONCA Gallery12:00pm – 4:00pm (drop-in)
POTIONS AND COMMOTIONS
Come and mix some witches’ potions, see them bubble and fume. Look at ‘Eye of Newt’ and other microscopic oddities. Make things change colour and discover the science of noise. 
Bellerbys College12:00pm – 2:00pm
LOOK UP!
A stellar show for kids and parents about the science behind space exploration. 
Sallis Benney Theatre7:00pm – 8:00pm

Monday 12 February

MAD MACHINES: THE RUBE GOLDBERG CHALLENGE
In just 5 days a team of lucky young inventors will design and build an original Rube Goldberg Machine. Combines cutting-edge STEM learning with the wacky world of mad mechanics. 
MakerClubHQ9:30am – 3:00pm daily Monday to Friday Until Fri 16 Feb
ANTWEIGHT ROBOTS
Design, decorate and drive a remote-controlled robot and compete against other teams in an antweight version of TV smash Robot Wars. 
The Walrus10:00am – 11:30am, 12:15pm – 1:45pm, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
ARCTIC ADVENTURE WORKSHOP – FUN WITH FOSSILS
An Arctic workshop. Draw with rocks, make fossils and handle rocks which have been buried beneath rivers of ice for millions of years. 
ONCA Gallery10:00am – 12:00pm
MONSTER-MAKE HALF TERM
Create an army of awesome aliens, zany zombies and scary monsters at this creative and crafty workshop. 
Hove Museum and Art Gallery10:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (drop-in)
SLIME TIME
Immerse yourself in the messy science of slime using secret recipes and simple kitchen ingredients to make lots and lots of slime. 
Artpod10:00am – 10:45am, 11:15am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 1:45pm, 2:15pm – 3:00pm
CURIOSITY HUB: MINECRAFT DINOSAUR DIG
Enter a prehistoric Minecraft world and unearth some virtual velociraptors. Blending top technology with paleontology. 
Booth Museum10:30am – 11:30am, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
BLOCKBUILDERS: WATER CYCLE SIMULATOR
Explore the water cycle of Brighton inside an interactive Minecraft map. 
The Barge at Brighton Marina11:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
CODER ACADEMY WITH SEAN MCMANUS
Enrol at the Coder Academy with author Sean McManus and learn to programme your own computer art. 
Jubilee Library11:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
ROCKET FACTORY
This is your chance to design, build and fly your very own rocket on Brighton beach! 
British Airways i36011:00am – 12:30pm, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
ARCTIC ADVENTURE – EXHIBITION BY BEATRICE VON PREUSSEN
Delve into the sketch books, photo albums and diaries from printmaker Beatrice von Preussen’s trip to the Arctic Circle. 
ONCA Gallery12:00pm – 6:00pm (drop-in)
BALLOON CAR RACERS
Recycle and repurpose common household objects into zippy machines using the principles of physics. 
Brighton Toy and Model Museum2:00pm – 4:00pm (allow at least 1 hour)
A HISTORY OF ROCKETRY
Setting off rockets in a theatre – what could possibly go wrong? A mix of history, science, explosions and mayhem. 
Sallis Benney Theatre7:30pm – 9:15pm

Tuesday 13 February

ARCTIC ADVENTURE WORKSHOP – SCIENCE IN THE ARCTIC
Have a go with real scientific equipment and make your own Arctic sample kit in this workshop with artist Beatrice von Preussen. 
ONCA Gallery10:00am – 12:00pm
I SPY MUSEUM
Hunt for the smallest, biggest, shiniest, weirdest things on display at Brighton Museum. 
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery10:00am – 5:00pm (drop-in)
MONSTER-MAKE HALF TERM
Create an army of awesome aliens, zany zombies and scary monsters at this creative and crafty workshop. 
Hove Museum and Art Gallery10:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (drop-in)
SLIME TIME
Immerse yourself in the messy science of slime using secret recipes and simple kitchen ingredients to make lots and lots of slime. 
Artpod10:00am – 10:45am, 11:15am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 1:45pm, 2:15pm – 3:00pm
BARCLAYS CODE PLAYGROUND WITH THE DIGITAL EAGLES
Learn to speak the language of computers as you take on fun challenges designed to introduce you to the basics of coding. 
Brighton Eagle Lab10:30am – 12:30pm, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
GREAT GREEN INVENTORS
Design and build an eco car that runs on waste resources – then take part in a race to test your invention. 
The Walrus10:30am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, 2:45pm – 4:15pm
BLOCKBUILDERS: MARINA MODDING
Resign Brighton Marina in a collaborative workshop using a detailed Minecraft map. 
The Barge at Brighton Marina11:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
ROCKET FACTORY
This is your chance to design, build and fly your very own rocket on Brighton beach! 
British Airways i36011:00am – 12:30pm, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
ARCTIC ADVENTURE – EXHIBITION BY BEATRICE VON PREUSSEN
Delve into the sketch books, photo albums and diaries from printmaker Beatrice von Preussen’s trip to the Arctic Circle. 
ONCA Gallery12:00pm – 6:00pm (drop-in)
SHADOW STUDIO WORKSHOP
A fun shadow puppet workshop where you’ll use the simplest of materials to make the most of your imagination. 
Lighthouse12:00pm – 12:45pm, 1:15pm – 2:00pm, 3:00pm – 3:45pm, 4:15pm – 5:00pm
MYSTERY AT FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE
Help Igor to bring the Creature to life – solve the riddles and conduct experiments before the lightning strikes! 
Sweet Dukebox2:00pm – 2:45pm, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, 5:00pm – 5:45pm, *7:30pm – 8:15pm*, *9:00pm – 9:45pm*
DR EMILY’S WEIRD AND WONDERFUL SCIENCE FACTS
TV scientist Dr Emily Grossman hosts a fun and interactive science quiz show, as she explains some of the world’s weirdest science facts. 
Sweet St Andrew’s2:30pm – 3:30pm, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
MONSTERS THAT MIGHT BE
Zoologist and author Jules Howard takes you on a futuristic Darwinian safari tour of the creatures that might one day stalk the Earth. 
Sallis Benney Theatre7:30pm – 8:30pm
SAMANTHA BAINES: 1 WOMAN, A HIGH-FLYER AND A FLAT BOTTOM
Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines explores the lost women of science. 
Komedia Studio8:00pm

Wednesday 14 February

ARCTIC ADVENTURE WORKSHOP – PRINT A POLAR BEAR
Make a linocut print of one of the Arctic’s grandest creatures with artist Beatrice von Preussen. 
ONCA Gallery10:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
I SPY MUSEUM
Hunt for the smallest, biggest, shiniest, weirdest things on display at Brighton Museum. 
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery10:00am – 5:00pm (drop-in)
SLIME TIME
Immerse yourself in the messy science of slime using secret recipes and simple kitchen ingredients to make lots and lots of slime. 
Artpod10:00am – 10:45am, 11:15am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 1:45pm, 2:15pm – 3:00pm
AMAZING SCIENCE FOR WINTER AFTERNOONS – WITH SPHERE SCIENCE
Watch an amazing ‘Street Science’ show, join our wax workshop and make yourself exciting science souvenirs. 
Friends Meeting House10:15am – 3:40pm (drop-in). Last admissions 3:00pm.
BUILDING BRIDGES – WITH SCIENCE ROCKS
Help design a race track big enough to fill a hall, and construct it entirely out of newspaper. 
The Hanover Centre10:30pm – 4:00pm (drop-in)
SHOCKING SCIENCE
Join the makers of AQUILA magazine to experiment with static and have a go at making little lightning. 
The Walrus10:30am – 11:15am, 11:30am – 12:15pm, 12:30pm – 1:15pm, 1:30pm – 2:15pm, 2:30pm – 3:15pm
MONSTERS IN OUTER SPACE
Join Little Green Pig for a writing workshop to explore the theme of monsters and outer space! 
The Barge at Brighton Marina11:00am – 1:30pm
ARCTIC ADVENTURE – EXHIBITION BY BEATRICE VON PREUSSEN
Delve into the sketch books, photo albums and diaries from printmaker Beatrice von Preussen’s trip to the Arctic Circle. 
ONCA Gallery12:00pm – 6:00pm (drop-in)
BIG LITTLE MULTIVERSE
Short films and drop-in events that explore science – from the enormity of the universe to the minuteness of DNA. 
Lighthouse12:00pm – 5:00pm (drop-in)
MYSTERY AT FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE
Help Igor to bring the Creature to life – solve the riddles and conduct experiments before the lightning strikes! 
Sweet Dukebox2:00pm – 2:45pm, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, 5:00pm – 5:45pm, *7:30pm – 8:15pm*, *9:00pm – 9:45pm*
BURSTING WITH BUBBLES
Journey into the wonderful science of bubbles with eccentric musical bubbleologist Simon Fortune. 
Sallis Benney Theatre6:00pm – 7:00pm, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
ANATOMY NIGHT: MATTERS OF THE HEART
Join us for a rather different Valentine’s Day as anatomists give a guided tour of the heart while dissecting a real one live. 
The Walrus6:30pm – 7:30pm

Thursday 15 February

VENTURE CODERS: HACKING FOR BEGINNERS
Learn how to hack Minecraft using the Python programming language and get to grips with Raspberry Pi computers. 
Latest Music Bar9:00am – 11:00am, 11:00am – 1:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
CURIOSITY HUB: LEGO ROBOTICS
Learn how to programme a ‘Hungry Alligator’ robot using Lego Education WeDo kits. 
The Hanover Centre10:00am – 11:00am, 11:30am – 12:30pm, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
I SPY MUSEUM
Hunt for the smallest, biggest, shiniest, weirdest things on display at Brighton Museum. 
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery10:00am – 5:00pm (drop-in)
MONSTER-MAKE HALF TERM
Create an army of awesome aliens, zany zombies and scary monsters at this creative and crafty workshop. 
Hove Museum and Art Gallery10:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (drop-in)
SLIME TIME
Immerse yourself in the messy science of slime using secret recipes and simple kitchen ingredients to make lots and lots of slime. 
Artpod10:00am – 10:45am, 11:15am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 1:45pm, 2:15pm – 3:00pm
THE LATEST NEWS
The experts from Latest TV show you the secrets of newscasting and help you do your own news broadcast! 
Latest Music Bar10:00am – 11:00am, 11:30am – 12:30pm, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
AMAZING SCIENCE FOR WINTER AFTERNOONS – WITH SPHERE SCIENCE
Watch an amazing ‘Street Science’ show, join our wax workshop and make yourself exciting science souvenirs. 
Friends Meeting House10:15am – 3:40pm (drop-in). Last admissions 3:00pm.
BARCLAYS CODE PLAYGROUND WITH THE DIGITAL EAGLES
Learn to speak the language of computers as you take on fun challenges designed to introduce you to the basics of coding. 
Brighton Eagle Lab10:30am – 12:30pm, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
CANCELLED: CYCLE THE SOLAR SYSTEM IN THE SOUTH DOWNS
Come on a 4.5km guided bike tour of the Solar System along the Centurion Way. Travel faster than the speed of light at one-to-a-billion scale. 
Centurion Way10:30am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
SCIENCE MAGIC & MAGIC SCIENCE
Always a festival favourite, Ian B Dunne returns with some fantastic equipment to make you make gape, gasp, wonder and laugh. 
The Brighthelm Centre11:30am – 12:30pm, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
ARCTIC ADVENTURE – EXHIBITION BY BEATRICE VON PREUSSEN
Delve into the sketch books, photo albums and diaries from printmaker Beatrice von Preussen’s trip to the Arctic Circle. 
ONCA Gallery12:00pm – 6:00pm (drop-in)
BIG LITTLE MULTIVERSE
Short films and drop-in events that explore science – from the enormity of the universe to the minuteness of DNA. 
Lighthouse12:00pm – 5:00pm (drop-in)
MYSTERY AT FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE
Help Igor to bring the Creature to life – solve the riddles and conduct experiments before the lightning strikes! 
Sweet Dukebox2:00pm – 2:45pm, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, 5:00pm – 5:45pm, *7:30pm – 8:15pm*, *9:00pm – 9:45pm*
THE KURIOUS KABINET OF DR KATTERFELTO
Explore the Kurious Kabinet of Dr Katterfelto (and his necromantic cat) with Ian B Dunne. 
Friends Meeting House7:30pm – 8:30pm

Friday 16 February

VENTURE CODERS: HACKING FOR BEGINNERS
Learn how to hack Minecraft using the Python programming language and get to grips with Raspberry Pi computers. 
Latest Music Bar9:00am – 11:00am, 11:00am – 1:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
I SPY MUSEUM
Hunt for the smallest, biggest, shiniest, weirdest things on display at Brighton Museum. 
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery10:00am – 5:00pm (drop-in)
SLIME TIME
Immerse yourself in the messy science of slime using secret recipes and simple kitchen ingredients to make lots and lots of slime. 
Artpod10:00am – 10:45am, 11:15am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 1:45pm, 2:15pm – 3:00pm
CANCELLED: CYCLE THE SOLAR SYSTEM IN THE SOUTH DOWNS
Come on a 4.5km guided bike tour of the Solar System along the Centurion Way. Travel faster than the speed of light at one-to-a-billion scale. 
Centurion Way10:30am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
POCKET SCIENCE FUNFAIR
Pocket Science Funfair looks like a funfair – it IS a funfair, but each stall has a little science snuck into it. 
The Walrus10:30am – 4:30pm (drop-in)
MAKERLAB MONSTERS
Save toys from the rubbish heap in a hands-on craft and tech workshop with Exploring Senses. 
Exploring Senses Pop-Up MakerLab11:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
THE SCIENCE OF CHOCOLATE SHOW – WITH BLAST SCIENCE
So, chocolate … What IS it? What’s the science behind it? A show featuring human cocoa beans, chocolate slime, and CHOCOLATE. Come and get stuck in. 
The Rialto Theatre11:00am – 12:00pm, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
VOICE ON A LIGHTBEAM
Send your voice across the room using nothing but the power of light, in what could be the future of communication. 
Towner Art Gallery11:00am – 4:00pm (drop-in)
BIG LITTLE MULTIVERSE
Short films and drop-in events that explore science – from the enormity of the universe to the minuteness of DNA. 
Lighthouse12:00pm – 5:00pm (drop-in)
THAUMATROPES, PHENAKISTOSCOPES AND ZOETROPES
Discover the amazing inventions of the 1800s that eventually led to the successful creation of modern moving images. 
Brighton Toy and Model Museum2:00pm – 4:00pm (allow at least 1 hour)
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ELECTRO-ACOUSTICS
Explore the science of sound and learn about aural imaging with acoustics expert Adrian Jameson. 
Sweet Dukebox5:00pm – 6:00pm
THINK UNIVERSE! WITH CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE AND BRIGHTON ASTRO
Join Dr Francisco Diego for a fascinating talk on the relevance of science to modern culture. 
Sallis Benney Theatre6:00pm – 9:00pm (drop-in, talk from 7:00pm – 8:00pm)

Saturday 17 February

I SPY MUSEUM
Hunt for the smallest, biggest, shiniest, weirdest things on display at Brighton Museum. 
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery10:00am – 5:00pm (drop-in)
JUNIOR STEM MASTERCLASS
Take a STEM journey into the unknown with VR headsets, Lego robots and a dash of magical science. 
Brighton and Hove Prep School10:00am – 12:00pm
SLIME TIME
Immerse yourself in the messy science of slime using secret recipes and simple kitchen ingredients to make lots and lots of slime. 
Artpod10:00am – 10:45am, 11:15am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 1:45pm, 2:15pm – 3:00pm
CANCELLED: CYCLE THE SOLAR SYSTEM IN THE SOUTH DOWNS
Come on a 4.5km guided bike tour of the Solar System along the Centurion Way. Travel faster than the speed of light at one-to-a-billion scale. 
Centurion Way10:30am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
WHITE HEAT
A day of games, talks, discussions, workshops … and TRULY BRAIN-BLASTING, OUT-OF-BODY ILLUSIONS! 
Sallis Benney Theatre10:30am – 5:00pm
MAKERLAB MONSTERS
Save toys from the rubbish heap in a hands-on craft and tech workshop with Exploring Senses. 
Exploring Senses Pop-Up MakerLab11:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
BIG LITTLE MULTIVERSE
Short films and drop-in events that explore science – from the enormity of the universe to the minuteness of DNA. 
Lighthouse12:00pm – 5:00pm (drop-in)
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ELECTRO-ACOUSTICS
Explore the science of sound and learn about aural imaging with acoustics expert Adrian Jameson. 
Sweet Dukebox5:00pm – 6:00pm
BRIGHTON ASTRO: BEACH HUT ASTRONOMY
Want to know more about stargazing? Here’s your chance for a spot of seaside astronomy. 
Beach Hut 2825:30pm – 8:00pm
GEMMA ARROWSMITH: EARTHLING
Sketch show about the NASA Voyager probes and the alien lifeforms that discover them. 
Komedia Studio6:00pm – 7:00pm
STAMMERING AND CREATIVITY
Acceptance is the key to living with this condition. This talk is presented with a dash of glitz and humour, with audience Q&A throughout. 
Sweet Dukebox7:00pm – 8:00pm
DEAD TALKS VS STAND-UP PHILOSOPHY
Science and history meet comedy and philosophy for a tête-à-tête in this mind-blowing double header. 
Sallis Benney Theatre7:30pm – 9:00pm

Sunday 18 February

I SPY MUSEUM
Hunt for the smallest, biggest, shiniest, weirdest things on display at Brighton Museum. 
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery10:00am – 5:00pm (drop-in)
MAKERLAB MONSTERS
Save toys from the rubbish heap in a hands-on craft and tech workshop with Exploring Senses. 
Exploring Senses Pop-Up MakerLab11:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
BIG LITTLE MULTIVERSE
Short films and drop-in events that explore science – from the enormity of the universe to the minuteness of DNA. 
Lighthouse12:00pm – 5:00pm (drop-in)
THE POETICAL SCIENTIST (RUST & STARDUST)
A lighthearted look at the life of Ada Lovelace, with beautiful tabletop puppets, music and projection art. 
Komedia Studio2:00pm – 3:00pm
TAKE FLIGHT WITH ADA (RUST & STARDUST WORKSHOP)
Make a puppet of Ada Lovelace and learn how to fly at this post-show workshop. 
Komedia Studio3:15pm – 4:15pm
BRIGHTON ASTRO: BEACH HUT ASTRONOMY
Want to know more about stargazing? Here’s your chance for a spot of seaside astronomy. 
Beach Hut 2825:30pm – 8:00pm