Faculty of Health and Life Sciences staff and students help make the 11th Science Bazaar a success

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

SB20 crowd shot

On Saturday 29th February the Science Bazaar was held at Headington Campus. The event was a huge success with many exciting activities and lots of families visiting. The Science Bazaar is an annual event held at the University to engage children between the ages of 5 and 14 with scientific research. This year the event followed this year British Science Week theme of ‘Our Diverse Planet’, with many activities focusing on biodiversity and conservation. This year the event attracted around 2000 visitors from the local community. The day consisted of a wide variety of activities that were divided into zones (The Life Factory Zone, The Happy and Healthy Zone, The Tech Zone and The Mind Your Brain Zone)

There were over 30 activities run on the day by both researchers from Oxford Brookes and other institutions. Researchers from Oxford University’s MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine ran an engaging activity that displayed how immunotherapy works. Children enjoyed making their own rocket cars with Oxford Brookes Racing. We were also joined by representatives from the RSPB and Crocodiles of the World.

Our HLS researchers ran several activities at the event. Dr Flavia Moreira-Leite led a light microscopy demonstration that enabled children to look at moss, leaves and flowers under our light microscopes. Dr Shelly Coe led a nutrition stand, which helped educate children on the effects of excessive sugar consumption. Families had the opportunity to understand which parts of the brain control emotion, memory and thinking with Dr Sanjay Kumar’s activity on how the brain works. Visitors were also invited to see how well they were able to learn artificial languages and explored why babies are good at learning new languages, with the Oxford Brookes Babylab team



More details on the event can be found on social media, where it was covered on the HLS Research Instagram by Sam Bond (PhD student) and Annie Mackay (HLS Undergraduate student) as well as on Science Bazaar Twitter by Nikita Sharma (HLS Undergraduate student) Rebecca Jones (HLS Research Engagement Officer) also posted on HLS_Research Twitter


Professor Dave Carter and his Team EVs, getting ready to help children learn about the fun world of extracellular vesicles!


Thank you to everyone that helped make the day a success, particularly the amazing activity leaders and volunteers from various departments who worked tirelessly throughout the day. We do hope that you come and join us next year for the 2021 Science Bazaar!