The ATOM Family Science Fair: Hands-on, lab-based science activities for everyone


Bring the whole family to a fun-filled day of hands-on science activities, demonstrations and exhibits in the Yang Science Centre at Abingdon School. Whether you drop in for half an hour or stay right through, there will be plenty to excite and interest all ages.


March 22nd is Mother's Day - so we've prepared a special downloadable invitation you can download to invite Mum to the Family Science Fair!


Organisations such as Science Oxford, Public Health England, GKN Automotive, Oxford Brookes Racing and Bright Sparks Science will be enabling everyone to get their hands on science, technology and engineering - and even doing science for themselves!


The Family Science Fair takes place in the Yang Science Centre, Abingdon School. Parking is extremely limited at this venue. Click here to find out alternative ways for you and your family to get to this venue.


11am-3pm Sunday 22nd March at the Yang Science Centre, Abingdon School - FREE entry


Do you have a STEM background, and want to help on the day? We are looking for STEM Ambassadors, volunteers and helpers to give everyone an inspiring and memorable day! Apply here to receive more details.


Some of the highlights on the day include:


The GKN Automotive Innovation Centre STEM Team will be running engineering projects for the whole family for the entire day, and they have also teamed up with Oxford Brookes Racing to deliver a racing simulator on the day. Dynamic, exciting - learn more about the team here.


After rave reviews from their appearance at last year's Fair, Public Health England are back! They will be bringing activities to teach visitors about how we track - and prevent - disease outbreaks, how DNA extraction works and the hows and whys of radiation monitoring and protection.


Want to learn to code? Fire Tech Oxfordshire will be running coding activities throughout the day. Just drop in!


The Structural Genomics Consortium at Oxford University are setting up a Drug Discovery Escape Room for ages 10 and up. Learn about different drug discovery techniques, protein structure and X-Ray Crystallography along the way!


Are you coming to our talk 'Every Breath You Take' on Saturday March 21st? Then get hands-on with how your lungs work with the team from Oxford University's Respiratory Medicine Unit. Find out how we breathe, see bronchoscopy in action and join in with the snotty superheroes!


Oxford University's Particle Physics are returning, and they are letting you explore the ATLAS detector from the Large Hadron Collider, CERN - within the world of Minecraft! They'll also be bringing a Cloud Chamber, Silicon Particle Detector, Van de Graaff particle accelerator - and the odd bit of Lego so you can discover how the universe is actually built (some assembly required!)


The University of Bath's Chemistry Department will be on hand to teach you all about bioplastics, and how they can replace fossil fuel-derived plastics. And you can make your own, using household items including Borax and cornstarch. Hands-on chemistry, and you get to save the planet...


There is much, much more - three floors of hands-on science and technology in fact. Teams from Didcot's Space Store, the Sumatran Orang Utan SocietyWildCRU, Oxford Department of ZoologyNuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal SciencesOxford Nanopore, Developmental Psychology at Oxford Brookes, the Society for Radiological ProtectionKennet and Avon Canal Trust and not forgetting the technicians of Abingdon School's Yang Science Centre and their explosive 'Colour of Chemistry' Show.


There's much more - and it's free to attend. Come join in the fun and inspiration of one of the biggest hands-on science events in Oxfordshire.


Important: parking is extremely restricted around the Yang Science Centre. As part of ATOM's Sustainable Transport Initiative for #ATOM2020 we've set up a special page to sow you how to get to the Family Science Fair (and other ATOM events) here. We're challenging everyone to try to leave the car at home - learn more here.


And do you or your organisation want to take part? If you are a research organisation or science communicator download our Outreach Opportunities document to learn how you can get involved in one of the biggest, free hands-on science events in Oxfordshire!


The Ministry of Sense: Hunting the Higgs
with Sam Gregson


Join anarchic scientist (and Science Comedian) Dr Sam Gregson in this original, hilarious and highly interactive science comedy show where the audience go through all the steps of the scientific method to discover the Higgs Boson for themselves!


They create hypotheses, collect and analyse data, explore reasoning biases and draw conclusions through highly interactive apps, physical activities...and potentially the odd explosion! 



"One of the most entertaining science shows I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them! It was brilliantly funny and interactive the whole way through, with plenty to enjoy for both a general audience and science enthusiasts.”


Hana Ayoob, Cheltenham Science Festival Programmer and star of the ATOM 2019 Standup Science Comedy Storytelling


3pm Sunday 22nd March, Amey Theatre - FREE event


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