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Issue 488, 24 February 2003
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Science goes funtastic for 1,000 schoolchildren


Over 1,000 children from primary and secondary schools in the region will be taking part in a host of events at the University during March 10-14 as part of National Science Week 2003.

Johnny BallOne of the highlights of the week is guest speaker Johnny Ball (left), best known for his television series Think of a number and Johnny Ball reveals all. In his lecture, Johnny Ball Talks Funtastic Science, he will examine scientific achievements through the ages and demonstrate that genius is all about looking at lessons from history and taking them a step further. As well as events for school parties, Johnny Ball is giving a lecture, on March 12, which is open to the public. Advance booking is recommended as places are limited.

Bats, snakes, slugs, spiders and slime are also on the menu during the week. Children will get a chance to find out what’s under their feet using geophysical equipment, identify fossils, find the source of an earthquake and learn how to pan for gold. They’ll watch spectacular chemical experiments, prepare their own colourant, separate molecules in living organisms, and tantalise their taste buds with the science of food. They’ll look at how stress and exercise affects the body, make water-fuelled rockets and learn about hydrogen fuel, exploding dust and mobile phones.

They’ll discover what it’s like studying science in various departments through special science trails, and learn about careers in science at a science fair in Parkinson Court.

This year sees the tenth annual National Science Week, co-ordinated by the British Association. For more information, see their website at

Johnny Ball talks funtastic science takes place on March 12 in the Great Hall. Tickets for adults cost £4, children £1 and should be booked in advance by emailing or calling ext 36106.


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