Whet your curiosity with our selection of what to do with the family at Cambridge Science Festival this year
From 7 to 20 March, Cambridge Science Festival returns, bringing with it a host of activities for families.
On 12 March, 11-11.45am at Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Phillip and Rachel Garsed will present How to Train Your Robot. Their talk will include an interactive demonstration as they try to program their robot to carry out a simple task. Head to the Union at 2pm for Sci Cam: The Science Magazine Show, in which the magazine team will present beginner’s guides and up-to-date research.
Also on 12 March are two drop-in events. Between 10.30am and 3.30pm at the Department of Earth Sciences, you can investigate minerals, dinosaurs and earthquakes with Time Truck, while at the Polar Museum, 11am-3.30pm, it’s Polar Science family day, with a range of activities from the museum and the British Antarctic Survey.
On 14 March from 5pm, Steve Mould is at Lady Mitchell Hall, where he’ll be presenting More Science Pranks. The show is full of tricks and practical jokes designed to make you question how you see the world. Finally, on 19 March head to the Centre for Mathematical Science between 11.30am and 4pm for its Hands on Maths Fair. There’ll be games for all ages, from an anti-Rubik’s Cube to origami – it’s maths, but not as you know it! For those with stars in their eyes, also on 19 March is an open afternoon, 2-6pm, at the Institute of Astronomy. You can meet scientists, telescopes, Cybermen, a Dalek and K9, find out what happens when galaxies collide, and investigate out of this world holiday destinations at the Exoplanet Travel Bureau.