Brookes Science Bazaar

Saturday, 07 March 2009

A free day of science fun for the family, including workshops, drop-in sessions and competitions.

A free day of science fun for the family, including workshops, drop-in sessions and competitions.

10am - 3pm, Saturday 14 March 2009
Main reception, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site

No need to book, just come along and register on the day.

  • Take the fitness test like Olympic athletes who attend Brookes’ labs.
  • Learn how computer games like The Sims are made.
  • Find out about foods with added health benefits and the science behind them.
  • Take the Science Challenge - pit your wits to win a prize.

These are just some of the exciting activities on offer at Brookes Science Bazaar.

It will be possible to purchase refreshments on site.


These workshops are for everyone aged 8 and up, unless otherwise specified. Register for workshops on the day at the foyer, Gipsy Lane Site, Headington Campus.

  • Step into spring - peeling back the petals
    How are flowers put together? How and why do they work? Why are they so beautiful? These and other questions about flowers will be investigated in this session. We will look at several spring flowers of contrasting shapes and sizes and think about why they look the way they do. We will look at some with microscopes to reveal the beauty of the pollen and other parts. We can make our own flowers using coloured paper and origami.

  • Big microscopes - Tiny cells: Be amazed!
    Come and join Brookes' scientists and together we'll look at what's happening inside living cells.

  • Brookes Cookalong
    Join in chopping, peeling, mixing and baking in our shiny new kitchen, and see the science behind your food changing. Find out how good it tastes, yum!
  • Functional Foods to keep you fit
    Garlic in your porridge? Broccoli and purple grape juice? Fish with green tea? Let the scientists from the new Functional Food Centre show you foods with added health benefits, and the real science behind them.
  • Is your body ready for the Olympics?
    Take the Olympic athlete test like the Olympic athletes visiting our lab! Learn how your body responds to exercise by having your resting heart rate and oxygen consumption recorded and then have them measured again when you are on the go. Compare the results!
  • Chromosomal Zone
    See human chromosomes in the microscope and find out how the DNA in the human genome is packaged. Find out how the 24 different human chromosomes can be recognised and how they can be 'painted' different colours. Match chromosome pairs and find out what happens if they don't match up. Recommended for age 12 upwards.

Drop-in sessions

  • Programming the Virtual World
    How do people make animated three dimensional computer games like The Sims? In this session you will learn how to write your own computer programs using three dimensional characters, so you can create your own stories in a virtual world. The language used is free for education, so if you enjoy it and have a computer you will be able to write more stories at home.
  • Bridge Building
    Have you ever wondered how bridges are built to withstand the weights that are carried across them? In this session you will build your own bridge out of everyday household items. You can do this either on your own or in a team. There will be a prize for the strongest bridge built during the day.

The science challenge

Put your science knowledge to the test and take part in our 'university challenge' style quiz with great prizes to be won: suitable for all ages. Come as a team, or we can introduce you to others on the day to make a team of four.


For overall best score: family membership for Science Oxford for a year (normal price £45).

Other prizes include: family day tickets for Science Oxford and book tokens.


  • puzzles and food fun in the foyer
  • engineering for speed - check out our formula student racing car
  • freebies for all.
Brookes Science Bazaar is part of Oxfordshire Science Festival 2009. Oxford Brookes is a founding partner along with the Medical Research council, Oxford Inspires, Oxford Natural History Museum, Science Oxford, UK Atomic Energy Association Culham, University of Oxford and Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.

Full details of all Oxfordshire Science Festival events can be found at