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6–11 June 2017 Book online: scienceforschools




Welcome 10am





TUESDAY EDF Energy Arena

SS04 Robot Orchestra

The Crucible

SS03 Science of Sound

Venue TBC

SW04 Creative Coding

SW05 Creative Coding

SW06 Creative Coding

SW07 Creative Coding

Pillar Room

SW08 The BLOODHOUND Challenge

SW09 The BLOODHOUND Challenge

SW10 The BLOODHOUND Challenge

SW11 The BLOODHOUND Challenge

Siemens Curiosity Zone GE Pavillion Discover Zone


A warm welcome to Science for Schools 2017, four action-packed days full of events for children and young people, which promise to excite and inspire in equal measure. Come and enjoy our live shows, get hands-on in our class-size workshops and explore our range of interactive zones. Whether you are looking to bring a small number or a whole year group, there is something for everyone. Don’t forget to look at our packages too; why not make a full day of it?

MakerShack WEDNESDAY SS05 Your Amazing Brain

EDF Energy Arena

We look forward to welcoming you in June.

SS06 Frankenatomy

The Crucible

SS01 Gone With The Wind

Venue TBC

SW16 Uncovering Fossils

SW17 Uncovering Fossils

SW18 Uncovering Fossils


SW01 Body Bits

SW02 Body Bits

SW03 Body Bits

Pillar Room

SW12 Build a Brain

SW13 Build a Brain

SW14 Build a Brain

SW19 Uncovering Fossils

SW15 Build a Brain

Sharron Pearson Education Manager Hana Ayoob Science Festival Programme Manager

Siemens Curiosity Zone GE Pavillion

Science for Schools contacts

Discover Zone

If you would like to contact a member of the Education Team, email us at:

MakerShack THURSDAY EDF Energy Arena

Or give us a call:

SS07 Energise!

The Crucible

SS02 My Place In Space

Venue TBC

SW20 Mathematical Magic

SW21 Mathematical Magic

SW22 Mathematical Magic

SW23 Mathematical Magic

Siemens Curiosity Zone GE Pavillion

Philippa Claridge

01242 537 267

Rose Wood

01242 537 268

Event (50 minute science shows) £5.50 per pupil



FRIDAY EDF Energy Arena

SS08 Exploring Mars

Pillar Room

MP01 Amazing Animals

Venue TBC

SW24 Colourful Chemistry

MP02 Amazing Animals SW25 Colourful Chemistry

SW26 Colourful Chemistry

Siemens Curiosity Zone

We are passionate about engaging young minds with science, so we support this extensive programme as well as Cheltenham Festivals’ ambitious year-round activities for schools. LabLive takes the best of the Festival to towns around the country, and FameLab Academy develops hundreds of local secondary students as confident science communicators each year. We hope that by inspiring as many children and young people as possible that this will lead to many brilliant careers in STEM. Stuart Crooks Managing Director - Generation, EDF Energy

Discover Zone MakerShack

KS1 workshops

SW27 Colourful Chemistry

£6.50 per pupil

KS1 Mini Package

£5.50 per pupil

Young Scientists’ Day

£10 per pupil

Education Programme Partners

A £5 booking fee will be added to the total cost of your booking

Discover Zone, MakerShack, GE Pavilion, Siemens Curiosity Zone, Science Trail: Free in conjunction with an event/ workshop subject to availability

GE Pavillion


01242 537 250

EDF Energy is delighted to be the Associate Title Partner of Cheltenham Science Festival, and to continue to support the Science for Schools programme.

Overview of prices

Discover Zone


Sharron Pearson

A word from our Associate Title Partner

KS2 show

KS2 workshops

Free bookable activities


Free Activities at Cheltenham Science Festival For each paid activity you can book one of our dedicated interactive zones. Please note these are only available with a paid activity and are subject to availability. Please see the planner for times.

EDF Energy Zone All ages Open all day Wednesday. How would you use technology to improve your daily routine? Let your imagination run wild and create your very own smart gadgets. Get inspired with virtual reality to see what Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers are available and what you could be doing in the future.

Discover Zone All ages One-hour slots available every day.

GE Pavilion One-hour slots available every day. Plant yourself in GE’s green pavilion and unearth your passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Embark on a journey to discover the future of flight, experience different branches of digital industrial engineering and explore how GE is digging down to the root issues that will affect the future of the planet. Enjoy hands-on activities and meet the engineers who are shaping our future.

Our huge interactive space is a real sight to behold! Packed with a variety of exhibits for all ages, and full of enthusiastic scientists and engineers to answer all your questions, it’s the perfect place to get hands-on with science and discover more about the world around you.

One-hour slots available every day. Robots have the potential to make life easier and safer for all of us. Driverless cars could improve journeys, reduce traffic jams and even provide in-car entertainment! Can you put your coding skills to the test to program your very own driverless car? See who can navigate our obstacle course to collect the most points and be crowned best programmer.



Young Scientists’ Day

MakerShack One-hour slots available every day.

Future Engineers: Driverless Vehicles – Siemens Curiosity Zone

Friday 9 June, 9.15am-3pm

Drop into the MakerShack to explore curious materials such as invisible balls and kinetic sand. Watch wondrous material science demonstrations and get stuck in by constructing an electronic circuit, making a whistle from a carrot, coding a robot, and more.

Other things to do to fill your day:

Science Trail Take part at a time which suits your group. Collect your quiz sheet and follow the Science Trail around Imperial Gardens. It’s the perfect activity to engage pupils in the world of science whilst exploring all that the site has to offer. Limited bookable lunch spaces available: enquire when booking

Cheltenham College Preparatory School Years 5-6 £10 per pupil With the world population set to hit 9.6 billion by 2050, how can we provide housing, energy and food for everyone? Tackle these issues at the in-depth Young Scientists’ Day. Specially curated workshops on design technology, chemistry and biology have been themed to explore the future of the planet and human society, with all activities delivered by Cheltenham College Preparatory School’s Science and Design teams in their dedicated science labs and Design Technology rooms.

The Workshops Design Technology: As the population increases, where will everyone live in the years to come when we are already facing a national and global housing shortage? With land at all-time high prices and overcrowded cities, the only way is up! Can you design the housing of the future, that is affordable, strong and pleasing to the eye? Chemistry: How can we generate enough environmentally friendly energy to meet our increasing lighting, heating and technological demands? Release explosive energy from gas to explore alternative methods of energy production. Biology: Will future farming rely heavily on genetic engineering and cloning? Learn about the structure of DNA and make your own edible DNA model from sweets. Explore genetics and find out where your DNA is stored by looking at your own cheek cells under a microscope.

About the day The day is devised with both pupils and teachers in mind. We are inviting you to put forward five pupils from Year 5 or 6 and one teacher to take part in the Young Scientists’ day. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 5

KS1 Events






Gone With The Wind The Crucible 10am YRS 1-2 £5.50 per pupil How does the weather work? How can our behaviour affect the weather around us? Become super sleuth sidekicks to Timezones’ intrepid investigators as we explore how snow, lightning, hail and rainbows occur in nature. How can we all take positive steps to make the future brighter? @TimezonesEd


Workshop: Body Bits ExperiTent SW01 10-11am SW02 11.15am-12.15pm SW03 12.45-1.45pm YR 2 £6.50 per pupil Get stuck into the human body as we get to the heart of how we work. Join the University of Central Lancashire and their knitted bodies, designed specifically for engaging under-sevens with the complexities of the human body through play. Explore the organs, the importance of food and exercise, and how the whole thing fits together.

Friday 9 June 2017


KS1 Mini Packages

Amazing Animals and Where To Find Them

£5.50 per pupil



My Place In Space The Crucible 10am YRS 1-2 £5.50 per pupil Discover your place in space through movement, play and song. Engineer Niamh Shaw will take you on a journey from the tiniest things that make up everything in our world, to the largest objects in the universe. Smash particles, become a moving solar system, and begin to understand how small and big the world around you can be. @niamhiepoos

The KS1 Mini Packages comprise an event and an opportunity to do some hands-on activities in our Mini Makers space. All the activities are designed for 5-7 year olds. The cost is £5.50 per pupil and tickets for accompanying adults are free.

MP01 10am-11am 11am-12noon

Amazing Animals Mini Makers

MP02 12noon-1pm 1pm-2pm

Amazing Animals Mini Makers

Town Hall, Pillar Room YRS 1-2 This event is only available as part of a Mini Package. Journey into the animal kingdom with biologist Phil Bell-Young. Discover a range of furry, scaly and feathery friends through interactive demonstrations and fun-filled games. Find out how animals adapt to their environments through camouflage, and learn about animal groups and simple food chains. @Philby91


Mini Makers MakerShack Squidge and squash a range of materials and learn through play. Book one of our KS1 dedicated Mini Makers slots in the MakerShack to learn about invisibility, experiment with kinetic sand, make a whistle from a carrot, play with robots and so much more. @yscuclan 6


KS2 Events

KS2 Events




Workshop: The BLOODHOUND Challenge KS2


Robot Orchestra KS2


Science of Sound The Crucible 10am YRS 4-5 £5.50 per pupil Musical instrument designer Will Embliss brings sound to life with his collection of unusual instruments and objects: Find out how sound travels through solids, liquids and gases; discover a range of string, wind, brass and percussion instruments; and learn how we can vary pitch and volume to create the music we all enjoy.

EDF Energy Arena 12.30pm YRS 3-6 £5.50 per pupil Delve into the playful world of robots, coding and music with engineer Danielle George. Meet futuristic recycled robots from the University of Manchester’s Robot Orchestra and find out how your imagination and creativity can allow you to take control of technology. Recycling has never been so noisy! @robotsmcr @EngineerDG


Workshop: Creative Coding Venue TBC SW04 10-11am SW05 11.15am-12.15pm SW06 12.45-1.45pm SW07 2-3pm YRS 3-6 £6.50 per pupil Binary! Compass! Digital! How can dance help you to understand what’s going on inside your computer? Join Flux Dance to find out as they explore programming and coding through movement, creativity and lots of games. Get to grips with the language of computing.

Town Hall, Pillar Room SW08 10-11am SW09 11.15am-12.15pm SW10 12.45-1.45pm SW11 2-3pm YRS 3-6 £6.50 per pupil Experience the thrill of designing, engineering and testing your own K’Nex air-powered rocket car with the BLOODHOUND team. Find out about their global engineering adventure to break the land speed record. Improve your decision making skills, learn the art of prototyping, and enjoy the satisfaction of launching your car and watching it go! @BLOODHOUND_SSC @FluxDance 8


KS2 Events

KS2 Events




Workshop: Build a Brain



Your Amazing Brain EDF Energy Arena 11am YRS 3-6 £5.50 per pupil How much do you know about your brain? Ginny Smith takes you on a fast-paced tour of the human brain and uncovers the tricks you can play on it! Do you really see with your eyes and taste with your tongue? Prepare to be amazed, confounded and confused as you find out your senses aren’t as simple as they seem. @GinnyFBSmith


Town Hall, Pillar Room SW12 10-11am SW13 11.15am-12.15pm SW14 12.45-1.45pm SW15 2-3pm YRS 3-6 £6.50 per pupil Art and science collide as we discover what’s inside our heads and get inspired by the most complex structure in the universe – the human brain. Scientist and artist Lizzie Burns guides you through the different parts and functions of the brain as you build your own unique sculpture to take away.



Frankenatomy EDF Energy Arena 1pm YRS 3-6 £5.50 per pupil 200 years on from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, join mad anatomists from the University of Bristol and help them build a body from scratch. Embark on a hair-raising adventure and discover how our vital organs, bones and muscles work together to form a functioning human being. Expect brains, guts and more!


Workshop: Uncovering Fossils Venue TBC SW16 10-11am SW17 11.15am-12.15pm SW18 12.45-1.45pm SW19 2-3pm YRS 3-6 £6.50 per pupil How do scientists know so much about ancient beasts like dinosaurs and mammoths? Follow in their footsteps in this interactive workshop with zoologist Jules Howard and get hands-on with more than 3,000 fossils. Search for dead insects trapped in one-million-year-old amber, learn how fossils form, and explore prehistoric mysteries. @juleslhoward


KS2 Events

KS2 Events









Exploring Mars

EDF Energy Arena 12.30pm YRS 5-6 £5.50 per pupil

EDF Energy Arena 10am YRS 3-6 £5.50 per pupil

Venue TBC SW20 10-11am SW21 11.15am-12.15pm SW22 12.45-1.45pm SW23 2-3pm YRS 5-6 £6.50 per pupil

What do petrol, ping pong balls, rockets and sweets have in common? Energy!

Have you ever fancied a trip to Mars? Come on a very special tour of the red planet, which combines real images and videos of the surface of Mars with exciting demonstrations live on stage. Together we will become planetary scientists and explore the depths of impact craters, the dizzying heights of the largest volcano in the solar system, and even fly over ancient river channels.

Find the magic in maths as we discover the maths behind magic. Apply and develop your critical thinking skills with mathematician Katie Steckles. Explore seemingly impossible tricks as Katie reveals how you can use mathematical logic to discover how they work. Try your hand at simple but effective tricks, and amaze your friends. @JamieBGall

Workshop: Mathematical Magic

Join chemist Jamie Gallagher for an energetic extravaganza as he burns food, bounces balls, and generates electricity. Find out how astronauts get to space and why cars burn petrol instead of cookies. @SciMadeSimple

Workshop: Colourful Chemistry Venue TBC SW24 10-11am SW25 11.15am-12.15pm SW26 12.45-1.45pm SW27 2-3pm YRS 5-6 £6.50 per pupil Explore the history of colour on cloth and discover what ‘a load of twaddle’ really means with the Society for Dyers and Colourists. Get to grips with the chemistry of colour in this hands-on workshop. Apply colour to cloth using household materials, and take away other ideas to try in the classroom and at home. @sdc_org_uk @stecks 12


Teacher CPD Opportunities Thursday 8 June, 4-6.30pm


KS2 Teacher CPD Workshop: Supporting Scientific Enquiry In Your Classroom Tuesday 6 June, 4-6pm


KS2 Teacher CPD Workshop: Build Your Own Brush Monster Siemens Curiosity Zone £25 STEM educator Caroline Alliston is back following her hugely successful workshop last year, bringing new creative ideas to inspire your young scientists and engineers. Are you looking for a new approach to electric circuits that will inspire and enthuse your pupils? Join Caroline at this exciting interactive CPD workshop where you will design, make and test your very own vibrating brush monster, linking to science and DT learning objectives. Caroline will also demonstrate other fun, low-cost projects. Limited spaces available.

Cheltenham Science Group – Science Centre, Hesters Way £25 Join Allie Beaumont of the National STEM Learning Network to get to grips with the principles of scientific enquiry. This interactive workshop will give you tips, tricks and ideas for resources to engage your pupils and enable them to be fully immersed and engaged in their lessons. Have a go at hands-on activities, share good practice with your peers, and build confidence in tackling this part of the science curriculum.

Friday 9 June, 4-6pm

Teacher Twilight Reception Siemens Curiosity Zone FREE When do you ever get to play around on a class trip yourself? Join us for our Teacher Twilight Reception at the Science Festival and test some of Siemens’ fun coding kits! Take up this networking opportunity to catch up with your peers and explore the Festival’s Discover Zone to collect useful resources for your classroom. For more information and to book your FREE ticket, please email us at

Cheltenham Science Festival – a great day out for all the family Enjoy an exciting day out for the whole family this June, right in the heart of Cheltenham. Join us in Imperial Square for free activities, games and challenges for kids and grown-ups alike. Look out for family ticket offers so everyone can experience some of the great events, demonstrations and discussions about how the world works and what makes us tick! Please share with your pupils and their families in your school newsletters, website & social media! Families can sign up to receive news online at If you have questions, don’t hesitate to send us an email at



FAQs How do I book tickets? It’s simple! Once you’ve decided which activities you want to book just go to and fill in and submit the booking form. Booking opens 8am on Wednesday 1 February 2017. Please be aware there will be a £5 administrative booking fee applied to each booking.

Is there a bookable lunch space? We understand the challenge of finding a sheltered spot for pupils to have snacks or lunch if the weather is bad and we are able to offer a covered picnic area. The space has a maximum limit so please make sure you request a reservation on your booking form if you know you are having lunch on-site, and we will aim to accommodate as many groups as we can.

What happens next? 1. Once received, we will review your booking form. If any of your choices are not available, we will be in touch to discuss alternative options. You will receive a formal booking confirmation via email once everything is booked. 2. Monday 8th May is the deadline for notifying us of changes to your numbers as a result of fluctuations in class size. We will do our best to accommodate such changes, but please understand that we may be unable to do so. 3. After this date an invoice will be sent to your school finance office. 4. You will also receive the following documents at this point – please bring them with you: • A ticket document • A site map and venue list • An information document with important details about your visit It is helpful for every accompanying adult in your party to have a copy of these documents with them.

Getting to the Festival For full details about arriving, parking, getting to venues and more, please refer to the FAQs at where you will also find our cancellation policy and advice for preparing a risk assessment.

Don’t miss our Teachers CPD Opportunities See page 14 for details

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Illustration by Michelle Thompson

Cheltenham Science Festival 2017 - Science for Schools PRIMARY PROGRAMME  
Cheltenham Science Festival 2017 - Science for Schools PRIMARY PROGRAMME