Posted on 24/02/2014
Science discovery for all ages at Royal Holloway, University of London promises to be a real page turner as this year's Science Festival begins today (24th February).
With 'Storytime Science' as its theme, the Festival will be rewriting the normal conventions of science discovery as the University brings pages from favourite books and film scripts to life with interactive displays, exhibitions and activities.
The date to bookmark in your diary is Super Science Saturday, 1st March (10am-4pm), when the Faculty of Science and Partners of the Festival will be inviting the local community to join them as they take a closer look at some of the science found in popular stories and films such as Ice Age and The Incredibles.
Highlights of the Festival will include the School of Biological Sciences showcasing the science of Harry Potter with a hands-on Wizard Lab and live owl show, the Department of Psychology helping visitors to uncover their hidden superhero skills with activities that test the senses, and the Department of Computer Science exploring the exciting world of robots.
From the disgusting to the deadly, the day will be bursting with character as a talk on ‘The Most Disgusting Story Ever Told’ reads between the lines to find out why themes of the disgusting prove to be so popular in children’s stories, while a talk on ‘Real Life Sea Monsters’ will be exploring deadly sea snails, colour-changing creatures and super-sized squids.
Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, said: “Our aim is to find new ways to inspire a love of science in the younger generation, and with popular stories being this year's Festival theme, we are exploring science in a place where we wouldn’t usually look for it. By taking this new approach, we hope to unlock the imaginations of our visitors and help showcase the wonders of science to a much wider audience.”
Scientists from Royal Holloway and the Festival Partners will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions and shed new light on the science found in some of the nation’s most loved stories, fairy tales and films.