Sidmouth Science Festival- October 5th - 14th 2018
The seventh Sidmouth Science Festival runs from Friday 5th to Sunday 14th October 2018 with the theme of “Science in our Lives”.
The events during the week will cater for all ages and abilities with projects and demonstrations taking place in schools and colleges and throughout the town. Serious science talks and fun hands-on events take place on Super Science Saturday13th and at the Family Fun Day on Sunday 14th at the Norman Lockyer Observatory.
Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday 9th October, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, will feature eminent female scientists.
Various community groups will contribute events during the week, too.
In 2017 guest speakers included Dame Julia Slingo FRS and Prof Julian Dowdeswell from the Scott Polar Research Institute, as well as TV personalities Adam Hart Davis and Dallas Campbell. There was a dedicated Earth Science Hall, visit to a brewery and bat identification. The Family Fun Day included two model jet car races as well as many other activities for young people. Two weather balloons were launched and tracked with data being relayed back to the Observatory. The interactive Science trail along the seafront proved popular with families, too.
So there is something for everyone!
Throughout the year the Science Festival runs a Cafe Scientifique which meets once a month, except in August, to listen to a science speaker and discuss the topic.