Come and celebrate 10 years of the Brookes Science Bazaar

Monday, 19 February 2018

Brookes Science Bazaar event

Oxford Brookes University is celebrating the tenth Brookes Science Bazaar and students, staff and the public are invited to join in the celebrations.

Brookes Science Bazaar takes place on Saturday 24 February 10.30am to 4.30pm at the University’s Headington Campus.  

There will be over 20 different activities on the day, some old favourites and some brand new, including:  

  • Operation! Try some fun interactive activities with the Operating Department Practice team. Fake blood included!
  • Looking through the eyes of a modern paramedic: A practical hands-on experience exploring the world of modern paramedics. Learn basic life support and other useful life-saving skills.
  • Augmented Reality: The Performance Augmentation Lab (PAL) demonstrates how past experience can be made visible again today.
  • Oxford Brookes Racing (OBR) Simulator: Race an OBR  car around different tracks and set the fastest lap
  • What coffee is in your cup? Find out about different types of coffee and how ethical choices around this everyday drink can help save wild animals and the environment.
  • The Outbreak: See how viruses can spread from your hands using glitter
  • The Psych Booth: Come along to learn about your brain, and have fun with mirror tracing and optical illusions.

Dr Anne Osterrieder is part of a team of Oxford Brookes staff and students involved in organising the event. She said: “Every year our staff and students who lead activities or volunteer put so much thought into making their work fun and interactive.  

“We want to show that there is no one way to do science; science is everywhere and all around us. This is reflected in our four zones, which feature activities about the brain, being happy and healthy, building the future and exploring the ‘life factory’.”  

Every year many of the children don't want to leave our stands. They are fascinated by the exhibits and interacting with what we have produced. Inspiring the young is what it is all about and we’re proud that Brookes Science Bazaar does that every time.

Dr Andrew Lack, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Biology, Oxord Brookes University

Dr Andrew Lack, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Biology has been involved in the Bazaar from the very beginning. He commented: “We get a lot of young children coming along and they often ask questions that we wouldn't expect, including probing questions about the science we are demonstrating, which is great.  

“Every year many of the children don't want to leave our stands. They are fascinated by the exhibits and interacting with what we have produced. Inspiring the young is what it is all about and we’re proud that Brookes Science Bazaar does that every time.”  

It first began in 2009 as part of the Oxfordshire Science Festival attracting 500 visitors with a handful of activities, and has now become a popular annual event inspiring the public through science.

Last year’s science bazaar attracted over 1200 visitors, involved over 90 staff and student volunteers and lots of hands-on activities.

The Brookes Science Bazaar is supported by Oxford Academic Health Science Centre.

For more information about the event visit the website:  www.brookes.ac.uk/science-bazaar