Cambridge Science Centre


The Cambridge Science Centre to host its annual ScienceXchange event

Written on 17 Oct 2012 in Press Release

Cambridge, 17 October 2012: The Cambridge Science Centre invites the public, schools and press to the ScienceXchange event on Saturday October 27 2012. The event, part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, is a wonderful celebration of the interplay between science and the arts with things to see and do for all ages.

“The event last year was such a great success we had nearly 1000 people come along during the day. We’re really pleased to be hosting it again as part of our annual programme”, said Gaetan Lee, Operations and Events Manager at the Cambridge Science Centre, “This year’s event will be even better with more schools and public taking part, building our biggest Chain Reaction yet.”

The main feature of the event will be the Chain Reaction, a Rube Goldberg / Heath Robinson machine. Essentially like the board game Mousetrap – except much, much bigger - participants on the day will be able to help create a machine for doing something very simple and silly. The Chain Reaction will, in particular, showcase the amazing engineering talent and creativity from schools across the county. Over the past six weeks, the Science Centre has engaged 9 schools and over 300 young people in shows and workshops building towards the Chain Reaction.

“Outreach engagement projects like the ScienceXchange school programme really help to bring science alive,” said Steve Hinshelwood, Head of Science Faculty, Chesterton Community College Cambridge. “It’s been a great hit with the young people participating and they’ve been coming up with some amazing ideas both inside the classroom and when thinking about it after school. They are really looking forward to watching the final launch on the 27th.”

Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, will be pulling the string to launch the chain reaction at 3:30pm. Visitors can witness their contributions to the mayhem as balls roll, dominos fall, bottles spill, paper bridges collapse and balloons pop.

Along side the interactive Chain Reaction hall visitors will be welcomed into a special art gallery of science inspired art works from both Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Cambridge scientists and engineers. There will also be interactive science exhibits for families and coffee and light bites on hand from Hot Number’s coffee. The ScienceXchange event and its schools programme are proudly sponsored by ARM Ltd, MathWorks and Microsoft Research.