Brookes Science Bazaar draws capacity crowd

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Brookes played host to a capacity crowd of children and adults at the very successful free event.

Flowers, food , exercise and The Sims were just some of the topics explored by the estimated 500 people who attended the Oxford Brookes Science Bazaar last Saturday, 14 March.

Brookes played host to a capacity crowd of children and adults at the very successful free event at Gipsy Lane, which was part of the Oxfordshire Science Festival.

Staff from the schools of life sciences and technology led drop in sessions and workshops exploring topics as diverse as the technology behind computer games and why cooked food tastes better. There were workshops for pairing up chromosomes, studying cells, finding out why flowers are beautiful and exploring foods with added health benefits in the new functional foods centre. Children had the chance to take the Olympic athlete fitness test to learn about heart rate and oxygen consumption. The bridge building drop in session was very popular with parents and children alike.

Families could also compete for prizes in the science challenge, Brookes own university challenge-style quiz and there were food related activities and maths puzzles in the foyer along with the formula student racing car which was a great draw.

Most people stayed for several hours packing in as many activities as possible and were presented with a goodie bag in exchange for an evaluation form as they left. Feedback was very positive; here are just a few of the comments:

  • All staff were very welcoming, friendly and helpful
  • Very well organised, very friendly people / atmosphere
  • [In answer to favourite activity?] All of them because they were great
  • Great work. Please do it again
  • Very much enjoyed the entire event for all the family. Very friendly staff
  • The guides and helpers were very helpful. It was well organised
  • It was fun, I wish school science at primary school was like this
  • Excellent day will there be more?

Gordana Djordjevic, a Brookes final year Cell and Molecular Biology student, who assisted with the event summed up the day:

'It was a very friendly atmosphere on Saturday indeed and I haven't heard about any complaints! Happy faces everywhere, kids as well as adults.'