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Thornbury Science Festival

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Thornbury Science Festival

In July 2011 Thornbury’s first Science Festival provided a week of events to enable members of the public to interact with science activities and scientists.

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and as a result the second festival took place in July 2015.

For further information about the Science Festival, please contact Chris Holland, Science Festival Director -

See the 2015 pics:

Here's a selection of photos kindly supplied by photographers from Thornbury Camera Club:

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Science Festival Quiz

A quiz, with questions related to the festival events was available at all the festival events, at the Town Hall Box Office and at other promotions.

This quiz carried a first prize of £50, a second prize of £25 and a third prize of £10. Winners have been notified and prizes distributed.

It was not necessary to attend any of the events to enter, nor did correct answers depend upon attendance.

Click here to download the answers to the quiz.

What Happened in 2015?

Thornbury Science Festival

The 2015 festival featured twelve events open to the public, beginning with two performances of Michael Frayn’s acclaimed play “Copenhagen” and ending with a Science and Technology Exhibition and an astronomical observing session.

Along the way there were opportunities to try your hand at making your own perfume, to find out about the Rosetta comet mission and about Tyntesfield’s medicine cabinet.

There was a Science Question Time evening, with an opportunity to pose a question to the panel, as well as talks on cancer research and the Bristol Dinosaur Project.

Additional Events

Five other events took place during the main week of the festival.

Thornbury Science Festival

These were organised for students at Marlwood School and The Castle School and were not open to the general public.

Jonathan Cleverley of Jonathan’s Jungle Roadshow was at the The Castle School and STEMworks director Simon Kettle ran a LEGO Robotics Workshop there.

The Classroom Medics company were at Marlwood School delivering medical-related workshops, and Professor Neil Downie was there running hands-on Physics workshops.

There was also see a water rocket challenge between teams from the two schools.

Thanks

The festival would not be possible without the help, both financial and otherwise, of several organisations and individuals.

Thanks are due to:

  • Thornbury Town Council, for financial help with insurance, Horizon for a grant towards the school events, the Royal Society of Chemistry for help with the "Reduced History of Chemistry" and the British Society for the History of Science for financial assistance with the production of the play "Copenhagen".
  • Marlwood School for help with printing and The Castle School for help with venues for some evening events.
  • The many individuals who will have helped in the organisation and running of the events and, of course, the various individual scientists, companies and organisations who kindly agreed to take part and deliver workshops, talks etc.

See the 2011 pics:

Here's a selection of photos from the first Thornbury Science Festival in 2011:

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