Science Bazaar


Hybrid event, Saturday 29 October 2022 10am - 4pm

Science Bazaar Beyond 2022

The Oxford Brookes Science Bazaar Beyond is back on Saturday 29th October! In keeping with the very fitting, British Science Week topic, our theme this year is "Growth". Be prepared to explore, listen, watch, build and experiment! Meet our staff and students and learn exciting new things! Activities are most suitable for 5-12 years and are fun for the whole family! This FREE event has something for everybody! We hope to see you there! 

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Can't wait for Science Bazaar Beyond 2022? Why not check out our Science Bazaar Saturday virtual events?

Science Bazaar Beyond

Science Bazaar Saturdays

New this year, Oxford Brookes will be hosting a series of monthly, FREE, 1-hour, interactive, virtual events in collaboration with Bright Sparks Science CIC! Get ready to learn, play, build, experiment and discover! The sessions are fun for all the family and most suitable for 5-12 years. Registration is required for the events, see booking details below. Stay up to date with Science Bazaar Saturdays by following us on Twitter @ScienceBazaar and you can email us at if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there! 

22 January 2022 11am - 12pm registration has now closed

Microbes and Mucus

Join Bright Sparks Science and Oxford Brookes microbiologist Dr Hee-Jeon Hong to learn about diseases and how our bodies battle them. As well as exploring antibiotic resistance!

If you missed this session, don't worry, you can still learn about antibiotic resistance in this fun leaflet!

12 February 2022 11am - 12pm registration has now closed

Mini Science Bazaar Special!

If you missed our Mini Science Bazaar Special, you can still have a go at making sherbet, a bath bomb and SLIME by either watching the session recording or following the instructions below.

12 February 2:30pm - 3:30pm registration has now closed

Grow Your Groove - Street dance workshop

The Green Room Collective is coming to Science Bazaar Saturdays for a street dance workshop! All workshops boost self-esteem, build community and celebrate creativity. Join us to experience awesome levels of funk, soul & groove with authentic street dance styles that keep it real; social, upbeat, fun & fresh! Styles include Hip Hop, Breaking, Locking, House.

You will work on grooves and foundational moves whilst raising awareness of the vibrant history and culture of street dance, before creating a short combination (routine) and finishing on a soulful freestyle high! Come and have some fun!

12 February 4pm - 5pm registration has now closed

Grow Your Groove - Brookes Disco!

Join The Green Room Collective for a blues-busting, ‘Funk Factory’ family disco which is suitable for ALL AGES - kids to teens to ‘grown-ups’ & grannies - so gather together and enjoy generations of groove! Request your favourite tunes and give us your dedications and shout-outs to friends and family through our online 'Funk Factory' form!

Party playlist including:

  • Freestyle Bangers
  • Karaoke Classics
  • Rave to your Fave
  • Dedications & Shout Outs!
  • Live Chat
  • Good Vibes Only!

12 March 2022 11am - 12pm registration has now closed

Active Organs

Have you ever wondered what happens to your body when you exercise? Join Bright Sparks Science to discover more about movement and the circulatory system! Also find out about an amazing project (FORTEe) conducted by Oxford Brookes researchers Dr Kim Straun, Stan Windsor and Hayley Marriott, which showcases the health benefits of exercise. FORTEe is set to be the world’s largest study into the effects of exercise on the successful treatment of children with cancer.

16 March 2022 4pm - 5pm registration has now closed

Looking inside cells using electrons (most suitable for GCSE and A level biology students)

Have you ever wondered how scientists take pictures of the internal cell structures such as mitochondria or the nucleus? Or how scientists look at small particles like ribosomes and viruses?

In this session, a scientist will show how electrons can be blasted onto cells to generate the most incredible pictures of the cell’s interior. You will find out how tissues and cells can be prepared for imaging at the smallest possible scale. We will then look at cells together in the huge transmission electron microscope, the mighty magnifier used to look at the tiniest things!

Session structure:

  1. General explanation about how transmission electron microscopy works, with simple diagrams or models.
  2. Getting from live tissues/cells to sections on a TEM grid – simple explanation of the chemistry required, resin embedding and sectioning, showing blocks with embedded cells, a diamond knife and the TEM grid down the stereoscope.
  3. Imaging session showing how to insert samples into the microscope while keeping vacuum, then imaging a sample of gut tissue. Showing different organelles and structures, with brief explanations. Opportunity for questions.  

Oxford Brookes Centre for Bioimaging

19 March 2022 3pm - 4pm registration has now closed

Plants Under the Lenses

Join Oxford Brookes microscope specialists Dr Flavia Moreira-Leite and Ed Rea live from light microscopes in the Oxford Brookes Centre for Bioimaging to explore the tiny details in plant leaves and flowers that you can’t see by eye. Be sure to watch out for little creatures lurking between the leaves!

2 April 2022 11am - 12pm registration has now closed

Egg-ceptional science

Join Bright Sparks Science in performing egg-citing experiments with eggs and learning about oviparous and viviparous animals. Eggs-plore what happens inside a butterfly egg by making a flip book in a resource developed by Oxford Brookes researcher Dr Casper Breuker and UKCEH scientist Dr Melanie Gibbs as part of their project Butterflies Under Pressure.

9 April 2022 10am - 11:30am registration has now closed

Moral Robots (suitable for 9-15 years)

Can you teach robots how to behave themselves? Can they learn that it's not good to tell lies or to be mean to someone? Join Oxford Brookes researchers Professor Nigel Crook (robotics and AI) and Dr Matthias Rolf (robotics and machine learning) Dr Mark Cain (philosophy) in a special Science Bazaar Saturday collaboration with Oxford Brookes Think Human Festival.

7 May 2022 11am - 12pm registration has now closed

Let's go green

Join Bright Sparks Science to explore the importance of recycling, why plants are vital for life and discover how Oxford Brookes researcher Dr Verena Kriechbaumer uses plants in her work!

11 June 2022 11am - 12pm registration has now closed


Have you ever wondered how bubbles are made? Join Bright Sparks Science to explore bubbles and surface tension! As well as learning the importance of hand washing with Oxford Brookes researcher Dr Mamdooh Alzyood.

2 July 2022 11am - 12pm

The Invisible World of Gases

Join Bright Sparks Science to investigate the energetic and invisible world of gases!

Science Bazaar Saturdays

Science Bazaar Beyond 2021

In 2021, for the first time ever, the Oxford Brookes Science Bazaar Beyond went entirely virtual, bringing you interactive videos, creative crafts, super quizzes and beyond! Across the five virtual zones we explored the Jungles of Indonesia, discovered the future of electric cars, experimented with gravity defying liquids, challenged ourselves with the power of poetry, got creative with cellular biology and much, much more!

Why not check out some highlights from Science Bazaar Beyond 2021?

Oxford Brookes Centre for Bioimaging

The Oxford Brookes centre for Bioimaging introduced us to Merlin the magical microscope that can make 3D models from tiny particles!

Jungle Explorers

We explored the jungles of Indonesia and discovered the animals that live there.


Make your own origami superworm video” and “Science Bazaar Superworms resource” We learnt how worms are used in science and why they are super!

Eco Coffee!

We discovered how researchers are protecting the animals of Indonesia by helping coffee farmers to rewild their plantations.

Mission Nutrition

The Nutrition and Nursing team whipped up some tasty and healthy banana French toast!

Recycling and Waste in Oxford

We found out what happens to our rubbish when it has been put out for collection

Self in the Brain

We found out how the self is represented in the brain and how the brain makes ourselves biased for something that relates to us.

Numeracy Game Zone

We battled with numbers!

The Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University

The Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes leaped into the new year by folding a paper frog!