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Downside Community Centre is hosting a free ‘Festival of Citizen Science’ event on both Friday 6th March and Friday 13th March 2020 as part of British Science Week.

The event aims to inspire visitors to become ‘Citizen Scientists’ and ‘Scientists of the Future’ with free hands-on interactive science displays, workshops, evening interactive presentations and Stargazing LIVE in Isobel Park (weather permitting).

British Science Week 2020 (6th-15th March) is a nationwide celebration of the best of British science, technology, engineering and maths.

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Isle of Wight residents – young, old and in all their diversity – are invited to pop along and join in a whole series of fun, hands-on and interactive activities throughout the day and into the evening.

The daytime sessions from 11:00 to 18:30 will feature displays and workshops from Dinosaur Isle, the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Timeslide Studio Productions, Wight Aviation Museum and many more. There’ll be an animation table and sound recording studio, Science of the Movie Magic sessions, geology in a jar, exploding rockets, 3D creative card modelling and erupting volcanoes plus all sorts of other dynamic and exciting ways of finding out more about the world around us.

For the evening sessions – which will run from 17:00 to 20:00 – participants are encouraged to bring along a fish and chip supper to join in with stargazing if the skies are clear and interactive presentations on How to Catch the Sun (6th March) exploring the world of natural energy and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star… The Secret of Star Patterns (13th March) looking at the links between astronomy and the study of the brain and nervous system via a constellation card game suitable for everybody.

Rachel Thomson, Pan Together’s Community Centre Manager, said:

“We’d love as many people as possible to come along to both free events to become ‘hands on’ and involved in science together as Citizen Scientists.  Our festival will be a real opportunity to learn more about our diverse planet”.

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Neeve O’Flynn-Mundin, Event Co-ordinator, said:

“The Isle of Wight has a local abundance of science communities, organisations and museums all bringing science to life in their own special ways. We’re bringing lots of them all under one roof with interactive activities suitable for all levels of interest, ages and abilities.  It’s all about igniting people’s inner scientist”.

For more information, including workshop times, visit http://citizenscienceiow.wixsite.com/events.

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