Cambridge Science Centre


Press Release: Build It! Exhibition

Written on 18 Jul 2013 in Press Release

Original Press Release PDF can be found here -


Families! Get your creative gears into action over the summer holidays as the Cambridge Science Centre ‘Build It!’ exhibition celebrates hands-on engineering.

Cambridge, Tuesday July 16th 2013: Engineering and technology will come to life this summer at the Cambridge Science Centre in central Cambridge during the Centre’s ‘Build It!’ exhibition and event programme. From July 20th visitors from across the region and beyond can drop-by to explore 10 new exhibits, meet developers of innovative technology from around Cambridge, and get hands-on by building intriguing devices and fascinating machines. Many of the workshops and exhibits will help visitors come up with designs they might want to try out at the spectacular ‘Chain Reaction’ event in early November.

Since opening in February this year the Cambridge Science Centre at 18 Jesus Lane has had over 10,000 visitors, significantly more than projected. The ‘Build It!’ exhibition is a major update to the exhibition floor and it offers a great experience to new and repeat visitors alike.

“As a engineer myself, I know just how much the feel of building things inspires people. We’re going to offer a very supportive space where families can drop by to learn some engineering principles and try out creative designs of their own”, said Dr Chris Lennard, CEO of the Cambridge Science Centre. “In addition to our engineering themed exhibits and workshops, the summer programme is packed with special events hosted by researchers and local companies, a great reminder of the fantastic developments happening right here on our doorstep.”

Some examples from the summer programme include:

  • Meet the Innovators - Want to know how to build great machines, gadgets and buildings? Well come along and meet local people who are doing just that. Over the summer the Centre will showcase a number of local companies and researchers who will exhibit their work and explain the science behind it. Organisations presenting during the summer include the University of Cambridge Engineering Department, the Cambridge Eco Racer team, ARM, Mathworks, Microsoft Research,and more. For dates, check out the Science Centre website over the summer.

  • Robo Building – Have you ever wondered how you control the way a robot moves? How a robot balances itself or follows a line? How a quad-copter flies in a straight line? The Centre will be running special workshops on robotics. These 2-hour sessions will be a chance to get involved in building some amazing robotic creations with experts. Some of these robots might even get to feature in the Science centre 'Chain Reaction' spectacular in November!

  • Paint A Circuit - Make your own interactive greeting card with no wires! Discover how, with some special liquid-metal ink you can make your own simple electronic card with a flashing light.

  • Catch the Burglar – Build a security system to protect your treasure! Can you engineer a switch to sound the alarm when burglars try to break in? Then try being the burglar... can your team make off with the jewels?

Full programme details, information on whether you need to book in for various events and workshops, and pre-booking of tickets is available on the Centre website at:

Building towards the Chain Reaction

The ‘Build It!’ workshops and events lead up to the Centre’s annual Chain Reaction event to be held on November 9th at the Corn Exchange in central Cambridge. Now in its third year, this popular event will see families and school groups building a massive chain of crazy interlinked contraptions nearly 100m long. This year’s Chain Reaction event will also include a special performance of the Crisp Packet Fireworks show by the Naked Scientists.

“The Chain Reaction event was a massively exciting for my son.”, said Meg Westbury, a prize winner from the 2012 Chain Reaction event. “We entered on a whim, cobbled something together designed by him including a plastic cup, electric motor and wooden frogs and somehow won the prize for best family entry. It was a huge confidence booster for him and a great day for all!'

Further details for the public about ‘Build It!’ and the ‘Chain Reaction’ event can be found at our website: or contact the team at the Centre at:, ph: 01223 965 967page1image33064 page1image33224

Supporters of Build It!

The Cambridge Science Centre would like to thank Microsoft Research, MathWorks, ARM and additional sponsors for their support of the ‘Build It!’ and ‘Chain Reaction’ exhibition and events.

General Info about the Cambridge Science Centre:

The Cambridge Science Centre is a registered educational charity (No. 1146349) providing year round public access to hands-on science through public exhibitions, events and schools outreach. The aims of the charity are to: inspire visitors to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to reach underserved communities with engaging hands-on activities, to help the public better understand current research, and to motivate people to apply scientific observation and reasoning in day- to-day life. The Centre is located in central Cambridge at 18 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BQ. The Centre is a member of the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. To find out more on programmes and events visit: or follow on Twitter (@camsciencecntr)

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