Do you fancy designing and presenting an interactive science stand at the Bath Taps into Science Festival 2017? Take a look at these words of wisdom from previous presenters…
1) “Involve your students early as you will need as much help as possible”
Recruit willing volunteers from your lab or school to help on the day. The Schools Fair and Family Fair are going to be busy, there is no doubt about that. Kids have endless energy and will be bouncing from stall to stall all day so it’s important to have a few extra hands on the day.
A variety of ages (and heights) in your team can help when engaging the little ones
2) “Concentrate on one main activity and do it well”
Depending on the number of volunteers you have for the day, it may be possible to run more than one activity. No matter how many activities you have, a good exhibit needs to draw people in. By providing the tools for people to explore your research area, questions and conversations will develop around your area of research. These 'tools' could include getting your spectators to make something or bringing interesting objects from your lab. At the end of the day, science is all about asking questions!
These families are making spectroscopes with the help of physicists… and exploring bubbles on the right.
3) “Take lots of water and something to eat with you as there are no breaks for lunch for stall people”
Bring food! Presenting at the fair is a long day so come prepared with snacks and lunch. As well as food you should also bring extra layers of clothing. March is cold so combining this with standing in a tent could lead to frostbite. Look out for the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies who will be bringing a pedal bike so there are opportunities to warm up.
These guys bought food, but then used it in the name of science… these guys on the right bought a bike, and used it to keep warm…
4) “It is made very easy to participate. Most things are taken care of, so you can focus on what science you are portraying and how to do that. Transport space and tables just happen!”
Whether you are at the Family Fair or the Schools Fair you will be provided with your own stand, poster board and even electricity if you need it. It’s like we’re in the 21st century.
5) “Go for it!”
Whatever you decide to design and present does not have to be all singing all dancing. As long as you can spark some interesting conversations with spectators then you’re on your way. So what are you waiting for? Sign up here!
We love mind blowing moments like this. Yes that is a giant millipede. Yikes!