On Saturday 12th March, the BedPop Science Lab will take over Bedford Central Library and the Higgins, bringing dozens of free STEM* workshops, activities, demonstrations and challenges to the heart of Bedford as part of British Science Week.
From circuit building to Lego Robot Wars, engineering challenges to 3D design, there will be loads of activities to encourage visitors of all ages to discover their inner scientist.
“Following the success of the BedPop Fun Palaces, we wanted to bring a pure science event to the town centre,” said BedPop founder Erica Roffe. “We have been very fortunate be one of only 50 recipients of a British Science Week grant which – along with the support of our other generous sponsors including UTC Colworth and You Can Book Me – has allowed us to offer every single event for free. From circuit building to drone flying, rocket launching to brewing, we really have got something scientific for everyone!”
BedPop Science Labs @ Bedford Central Library
At Bedford Library, join the structural engineering challenge. How tall can you build a free-standing structure using just 20 sheets of A4 paper and one metre of tape? Or take part in the 3D drawing workshop with the Circus of Illustration. The Science Lab has been awarded a grant as part of the Harpur Trust’s 450th anniversary celebrations to purchase six 3D doodle pens and the illustrators cannot wait to get their hands on them!
BedPop Science Labs @ the Higgins, Bedford
Why not head to the Higgins to watch science experiments in action – thanks to Bedford Modern School – or take part in a drone programming and flying workshop? Charles Wells’ brewers will be on hand to explain the chemical processes they use to make beer, and the Royal Society of Chemistry will be have lots of hands-on experiments to take part in.
The BedPop Science Lab takes place during Access Week and will be offering as many events as possible that will be accessible to all. Composer Roger Illingworth and the Bedford Alchemists’ Choir have received Arts Council funding to create a piece of music based on the periodic table of elements. By working closely with Access Bedford, the choir will incorporate specially developed sign language into their performance. Everyone has worked really hard to develop not only a dynamic and exciting piece of music, but also a useful learning tool for the hearing and deaf community. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People will be on hand to demonstrate their super powers and their human companions will be running sign language activities for deaf and hearing visitors too.
You can find out more about the events and download a full programme here.
*Science, technology, engineering and mathematics