Have a Brainwave

In July 2012 I had a marquee and was asked to provide some family science activities.

I had been at the fair in 2011 alongside some fabulous year 6 pupils from a local school so had an idea of what to expect. I decided to make the main activity a competition called “float your boat” which has proved popular at family fairs I have done previously. I decided to have two leader boards, one for kids and one for grown ups.

This was a great idea and meant almost everyone who came into the marquee had a go from teeny tots to grandparents. Everyone got the same amount of plasticine to make a boat shape which they tested in the paddling pool, then they brought it to the competition tank where we counted how many marbles it could hold before sinking. Some people spent a very long time trying to get to the top of the leader board!

I had other activities where people could challenge their senses, use static electricity to go fishing and build things with K’NEX. The event was the busiest yet with about 3500 visitors to the event overall. A big thank you goes out to Lorraine from Durham University, with her help we managed to keep on top of demand. Other attractions during the event were live science shows from Dr Bunhead, Dr Kilcoyne and Fran Scott, ┬árobot wars, science in your shopping basket and astronomy.