Cambridge Science Festival - hands-on science at the Guildhall

17 - 18 March 2018, 10:00 - 16:00
The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge

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Activities on Saturday 17 March, 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm. 

We present following activities:

Where do our eyes glance when choosing drinks and food products?

Have a go at wearing a pair of eye tracking glasses and make a selection of cereal packets,soft drinks and sweets, from a mock-up of a supermarket shelf. Researchers will track your eye movements during the choice process, record this and play it back to you. Where did you look? For how long? How is this related to the chosen product?

Rock teachers - Making sense of word senses

Words come with a bewildering number of different senses. But whether the senses are very different ('rock' in 'rock music' vs. 'rock' in 'rock quarry'), or somehow related ('line' in 'coast line' vs. 'line' in 'phone line'), this multitude of senses hardly ever creates problems in actual language use. How is this possible? What strategies do we use to pick the correct word sense in a given context? How much context do we actually need?

Common Sense & Sustainability: What are the obvious solutions?

The Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, brings games and activities to raise awareness of what sustainability is, and what we can do to achieve it! With examples from the research we do, and everyday eco actions, we look at the importance of being a change-maker, as well as finding the fun in sustainability.

Are your hands really clean?

Using our UV gel come and test how well you wash your hands. This interactive activity will reveal how germs, that are capable of causing infection, can be spread on items that we regularly touch. Presented by Department of Biomedical and Forensic Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University.

Making sense of muscles

Explore how muscles change length and generate force, through the use of energy. Have a go at different muscle ‘contractions’ and explore how the amount of energy is for the most part proportional to the force being generated. We will use thermal imaging cameras to explore this fascinating concept.

Making sense of decisions in sport

Understand how footballers make the correct or sometimes incorrect decisions during games. What are the visual cues that they look for during a penalty kick and how do these cues turn into the decisions that are made. Using interactive software have a go at making these decisions yourself.

Sensational world records 

Explore how the world record for the long jump has evolved and how science has been involved in this progression from changes in footwear and running surfaces through to altitude and training enhancements. Have a go yourself at covering the distance. 

Experience the sensations of a Tour de France cyclist

Experience the demands of the tour de France in this interactive session where you can have a go at maintaining the same exercise intensity as these Grand Tour riders for as long as possible. Learn what makes these riders so extraordinary.

For the full programme of events visit Cambridge Science Festival.

Event Details

17 - 18 March 2018, 10:00 - 16:00
The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge