Cambridge Science Centre


The summer Library Science Lab tour hits Cambridgeshire Libraries

Written on 23 Jul 2012 in Press Release

Cambridge UK, 23 July 2012: The Cambridge Science Centre announces its new touring exhibition, the Library Science Lab, in partnership with the Cambridgeshire Libraries. This free exhibition, accompanied by live science shows, is the first of its kind for Cambridgeshire and it will tour 11 libraries from July 28th through October 2012. It will feature exhibits and shows developed by the Cambridge Science Centre. The exhibits offer a fun, hands-on way to get acquainted with a range of scientific concepts including colour mixing, bug anatomy, electricity generation and structural mechanics.

The Library Science Lab tour will be opened by the Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Sheila Stuart, on Saturday July 28th at 2pm in a public ceremony at the Cambridge Central Library. A full press release with supporting quote from Councillor David Harty, Cabinet Member for Libraries at Cambridgeshire County Council, can be found here:

Putting exhibits into libraries offers a novel way to bring the enjoyment and inspiration of hands-on learning into the community. It offers an ease-of-access to family learning in the sciences not readily available in Cambridgeshire today. The modular exhibit table system used in this tour was successfully audience-tested with over 1000 visitors at the Cambridge Science Festival in March 2012. This modular system with switch-in-andout experiment modules offers a simple, open platform for cost-effective deployment of science exhibits in public spaces, science centres and museums.

“Libraries are essential community hubs for learning and sharing, a great place for hands-on science engagement”, said Dr. Chris Lennard, CEO of the Cambridge Science Centre. “Partnering with the Cambridgeshire County Libraries gets our science exhibits out to places where kids and families can just drop-by and enjoy them. It’s a hassle free way to muck about and get inspired by science.”

Results from this tour will be used to help finalize the modular exhibit system as an open platform available to researchers, makers and the exhibit development community.