February 18, 2019, by jicke

Science hits the streets for festival

Science was bringing smiles to the faces of people in Nottingham this weekend as the Festival of Science and Curiosity hit the streets, shoppings centres and libraries.

Volunteers from the University of Nottingham were in action helping people gets hands-on with science with a range of fun activities including: finding out about biofilms and bacteria, discovering DNA, a first look at a prototype incubator system for ambulance transport that improves comfort and removes stress for neo-natal babies. In Central Library there was a whole host of scientific questions being explored including – what do microbes do inside your body? how do rockets lift off and what do plant roots look like underground?

Back again for the fifth festival, this year has been bigger and better than ever before and events are still running until the 20th February.  

Megan Shore, the festival producer said: ‘The festival is about about taking science out from behind closed doors, and into our communities, where families can engage with it as part of our everyday lives. We’re all naturally curious, and curiosity is key for all future scientists, so we want to encourage people of all ages to ask questions and get stuck in to find out the answers’’.

The festival is organised by a partnership that includes Ignite!, Nottingham City Council, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, STEM Learning, Near Now and the Nottinghamshire British Science Association.

Professor Kevin Shakesheff, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science at the University of Nottingham said: “Nottingham has so many great scientists working in companies, our Universities and our hospitals. The festival is a celebration of our City’s contribution to making the world a better place. We hope to inspire future generations to be curious and maybe consider becoming a scientist themselves.”

Find out more at www.nottsfosac.co.uk

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