Brighton Science Festival 2014 | 6 Feb - 2 Mar 2014 | For all Sussex

Bright Sparks Saturday

Hove Park Upper School, Nevill Road, Hove BN3 7BN
Saturday 14 February, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Our ginormous weekend for families returns for its 10th year. Bright Sparks is a unique opportunity for parents and their children to share science with one another. From creepy crawlies to serious snot and from wicked wildlife to magnificent maths, there’s something to inspire, fascinate and thrill every young mind.
Tickets £6. Special family deal: 2 adults, 2 children for £21. Recommended age 7-14. Available online or on the door. Advanced booking recommended. FREE for under 7s. Compass and Carers Card holders are FREE (presentation of card required). CASH-ONLY ON THE DOOR. Listings vary between Saturday & Sunday and are subject to change. Take a look at BRIGHT SPARKS SUNDAY.


Teach Teachers to Teach!
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” Join Sussex University’s trainee science teachers to design and create interactive and creative models, and be inspired by new ways of teaching and learning. From the University Of Sussex. / @SussexUni
Catalysing the Future
Catalysis has a huge role to play in creating a sustainable future for our society. This activity will allow visitors to explore the power of catalysis in the operation of fuel cells for electricity generation and in reducing the carbon footprint of the chemical industry. This research will play an important role in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and will help us to protect the environment into the longer-term future. From the University of Southampton. / @unisouthampton
Chemistry Is Everywhere
Chemistry is all around us, in our food, drink, clothes, washing powders etc. During this lively presentation from the Head of Chemistry at BHASVIC, find out about the importance of chemical discoveries in our everyday lives. Expect to meet some characters from chemical history along the way…! From BHASVIC. / @SJC_Chemistry
Chemical Model Building
Get hands on and build some of the most important chemical molecules there are! Learn about the difference between paracetamol and ibuprofen. Find out why water is v shaped. Maybe even let your imagination run riot and design your own molecule. From BHASVIC and Molymod. / @SJC_Chemistry
Creepy Crawlies… ughhhh!
Come face to face with a Madagascan hissing cockroach or a giant millipede with the Drusilla’s collection of insects – discover how friendly a cockroach can be! Also, see a range of animal artifacts including turtle shells and elephant tusks, seized as part of attempts to stop the illegal trade in wildlife. From Drusilla’s Park. / @DrusillasPark
Mind Mistakes, Magic and Medical Machines
Human brains are good at lots of things but bad at others. In this one-off show with Professor Peter McOwan we’ll have some fun with human error, demonstrate some magic tricks and show you how psychology and computer science can help doctors and nurses save lives. From Queen Mary University of London / @QMUL
Science Takeaway
Find out what happens inside one of the biggest pharmaceutical laboratories in the world – and see how medicines make their way from an experiment in a lab to being stocked on the shelves of chemists and pharmacies. Witness simple demonstrations that capture your imagination and investigate with hands on experiments. Encourage the young scientist in your family! From Glaxosmithkline. / @GSK
Brighton & Hove Rangers
Discover the Nature Improvement Areas project with The Brighton & Hove Rangers – bringing the wildflowers of the Downs into our City. Help with their work yourself by taking some wildflower seeds to plant at home.
Sussex Wildlife Trust
Sussex is bursting with wildlife. Find out about the work the Sussex Wildlife Trust do to protect our landscape, wildlife and habitats, and have a go at making bird feeders and degradable plant pots. / @SussexWildlife
One World One Ocean: Ed The Bear
One World One Ocean charts the travels of Ed the Bear, as he learns about the ocean and marine life from real scientists. Join Ed as he comes face to face with sharks, meets penguins, dives on coral reefs and discovers deep-sea shipwrecks. Discover how we are damaging the ocean and why all life on earth depends on it being healthy. / @EcoEdBear /
A Tough Life on Shoreham Beach
Shoreham Beach, just west of Brighton, is a nature reserve of special interest – only the toughest survive on the shifting, sea-washed shingle. Can you find out who by reading the clues? From the Friends of Shoreham Beach. /
Lifting the Lid on Everyday Technology
This year Eurotherm by Schneider Electric will again be “Lifting the Lid on Everyday Technology”, so come and have a go at programming during one of their popular Raspberry Pi Programming Workshops. Plus – check out their fun “Control Yourself” activity. From Eurotherm. / @invseurotherm
Silhouette Selfies
Silhouettes were the selfies of their day. Learn about their history, discover how they were produced and try making them for yourself, using our copy of their Georgian-period silhouette machine. Take home your very own Georgian selfie! From the Regency Townhouse. / @RTH_Brighton
3D Printing with UTC@Harbourside
See a 3D printer in action! A 3D printer can be used to create a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape. You’ll also get a chance to talk to Principal Jonathan Clarke about all that UTC@harbourside has to offer. From UTC@harbourside.
Balancing Bird Workshop
Visit the Making Place stall to build a beautiful Balancing Bird and find out how lowering the centre of gravity affects stability. You will need to bring along 6 x 1 pence coins (which you keep as part of your model). 6 other coins would work too as long as they can be equally balanced. If you want to, you could also collect more feathers to add to your birds wings and tail either before or after the event. From the Making Place.
Wood Works!
Wood has always been essential to human development, and our lives depend on the intelligent use of this amazing material. Remarkable things can be created by understanding the properties of wonderful wood… including the astounding 16 ft bridge-in-a-suitcase. From Gervais Sawyer.
Eyes, Genes & Brains
Take a look into your own eyes and find out what makes them blink in this interactive demonstration. What makes your pupils change size and why? Find out the connection between your eyes, your brain, and the all important genes. From the University of Sussex. / @SussexUni
Science Toy Shop
Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre’s pop-up toy shop with games, models and machines; some simple, some sophisticated. Take advantage of some super festival shop offers and come be inspired! / @Obvervatory_Sci
Giant Drawing Machines
Draw mini silhouettes of your friends onto A4 paper with a Giant
Pantograph. New this year: draw a poster-sized outline of your hand
with an Enlarging Pantograph. Made from familiar materials, these
contraptions demonstrate the magic of maths and mechanics in a fun,
interactive way. / @NickSayers
Explore the Body
Have you ever wondered what’s inside your body? Or why we get poorly? Ever wanted to hear what your heart sounds like? Explore what goes on inside the human body and step into the shoes of a doctor with the medical students from Brighton & Sussex medical school.
Science Bookshop
City Books join us with their magnificent pop-up bookshop featuring a huge range of educational and creative books. / @CityBooksInHove
Be a vet!
Would you like to be a vet? Then join veterinary students from the Royal Veterinary College in London to try out your skills at bandaging, using medical equipment, and even wear a surgeon’s gown! / @RoyalVetCollege
Our Wonderful Water
Find out where the water in your taps comes from by digging deep to discover our hidden underground water supply. Discover just how the water cycle works in the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere, and learn how you can help to look after this precious resource – on which we all depend – through a mix of cartoon animation and Minecraft gaming. From the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Project. / @BiosphereHere
Reptiles & Amphibians
The East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society have a passion for keeping reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. From corn snakes to royal pythons, boa constrictors to monitor lizards, these enthusiasts will share their knowledge and experiences with these fascinating creatures. / @ESRAS_UK
DNA Detectives: Crack the DNA Code
Ever wondered how the DNA code is unlocked? Viruses use DNA to take over your cells, and we can use it in return to trace infections. Turn DNA detective as you test your ability to decode genomes, and join in with an exploration of how DNA is wrapped and unwrapped as different information is needed. From the University of Sussex. / @aslab
Catch a Criminal
Make faces and solve crimes! The traditional technology to make composite faces of criminals for identification often doesn’t succeed. Put together a mug shot using new identification technology, and identify the faces in the rogues gallery. From the University of Winchester. / @_uow
Sensing the Natural World
Heighten your senses and experience the wonder of the natural world. Does removing your vision help your hearing? Can you find someone through smell alone? Can you identify animals from their bones and skins? And how useful are the contents of your local hedgerow? From Circle of Life Rediscovery. / @OutdoorTeacher
The Secret Life of Snot
Snot, what’s it all about? Join the British Society for Immunology on a whistle stop tour of our giant nose and its snot-making factory. Find out what snot does, why we produce so much of it when we have a cold and even get to make your own bag of fake gruesome snot! From the British Society for Immunology. / @BritSocImm
Mathematical Madness
There’s more to maths than adding up – learn about geometry by making giant bubbles, predict where the double-pendulum will swing, and find out how to win your dream car using the powers of maths! From the University of Sussex. / @SussexMaths
It’s a Solid… It’s a Liquid… It’s Oobleck!
Ever wondered why is it so hard to get out of quicksand? Is it a solid? Is it a liquid? Can it be both? In this activity, you will make a substance that is similar to quicksand — but much more fun. Play around with it and find out how it acts differently from a normal liquid and a normal solid… then see if you can make yours glow in the dark. From Arthropod Arts. / @ArthropodArts
Plaster Workshop
Learn the art of mould making and cast your own ornaments in plaster of paris. The same technique is used to create giant columns as well as miniature ornaments – find out the science between this 19th century art-form and make your own ornament to take home. From the Regency Townhouse. / @RTH_Brighton
See the Light
Join Hove Park’s science technicians, Jan and Mary, in their quest to ‘see the light’! Make your own spectroscope to discover how different elements produce unique, colourful, spectral lines. There will also be a number of fun exhibits which allow you to experience the wonders of light and sight. From Hove Park School. / @hpshove
Whatever The Weather
Ever wondered about how a weather forecast is made? Interested in climate change? Or just interested in how our planet responds to environmental change? At the University of Reading, scientists study the physics of our planet, from storms to volcanoes, deep ocean currents to glaciers and sea ice. Come and see us in the exhibition area to see our hands-on interactive demonstration of how we observe the weather, find out about measuring the weather from space, and learn how to make a weather station in your back garden. From the dept. of Meteorology at the University of Reading.
Precise™ Cannon
Targeting cancer cells with speed, accuracy and resolution is what Elekta’s fully digital Linear Accelerators are designed for. Come and see if you can recreate this by shooting down ‘cancerous’ paper cups with our Precise™ Air Cannon. But beware, points will be deducted if you knock down the ‘healthy’ cups, have you got the precision? From Elekta. / @ELEKTA