Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity 2023

Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity is back for another brilliant week celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with interactive and fun, free family events across Nottinghamshire.

Now in its eighth year, the festival which is on until February 17, invites families to explore the wonders of science with a jam-packed programme of events and workshops.

As part of this week’s festivities, a series of STEM projects are underway at schools across Nottinghamshire. From robotics to climate change, students are being challenged to take an innovative approach to science, working with academic researchers and industry specialists.

Highlights from this week’s school events include The Real Science in Schools Symposium at the Council House on Thursday, which will see pupils from 10 schools across the county coming together with university researchers, to showcase the science projects they’ve been working on.

The second week of the festival takes place next week during the school half-term break and brings science out into the community with a host of exciting live shows, science fun days and a wide range of hands-on activities.

Delivered by local researchers in libraries, museums and community spaces across the city and county, the majority of the festival events are free to attend as part of the festival’s goal of making science open to as many people as possible.

Free events for families include The Secret Science Show at Wollaton Hall on Saturday, Women in STEM at Green’s Windmill and Science Centre, Science Art Workshops at Southwell Minster and an Inflatable Planetarium at Mansfield Library.

Megan Shore, the festival producer commented:

“We’re delighted to bring the festival back for its eighth year and this year’s programme is bigger than ever. We’ve put together an exciting line-up of events and hands-on activities from live shows to robot building, the science behind chocolate to an inflatable planetarium and much more!”

With the increased cost of living putting pressure on many families, it has been really important for us to ensure we continue to deliver high-quality, fun educational events at little or no cost to families during the half-term break. The majority of our events are free for families to enjoy and we hope they will be inspired by our exciting programme this year.”

The Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity is produced by Ignite!, with support from a wide range of festival network organisations. This year’s festival is delivered in partnership with University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University; Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Gedling, Mansfield, Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County, Newark and Sherwood and Rushcliffe Councils; local businesses Boots, Catalent, Sygnature Discovery and Quotient Sciences; and the local enterprise partnership D2N2.

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