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Written: 30 June 2014

A full programme awaits the whole family

Preparations for the third Sidmouth Science Festival are well underway with the Festival starting on Sunday 12 October 2014 with an inter-active science trail in The Byes incorporating an Arboretum walk, and ending on Sunday 19 October with a family day at the Norman Lockyer Observatory.

The events during the week will cater for all ages and interests with projects and demonstrations taking place in schools and colleges, and many activities and talks scheduled throughout the town. 

The University of Exeter has now joined the Festival as a key partner and is promoting Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday 14 October. This day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM subjects. In recognition of this we will be featuring three female scientists, two at the Cafe Scientifique in the afternoon and a separate session in the evening at the NLO with various interesting topics.

On Wednesday 15 October Prof Bill McGuire has been confirmed as the evening speaker giving a talk entitled “Waking the Giant” and on Thursday 16 October Prof Iain Stewart will give an evening talk on “Planet Oil: a history of a Fossil Fuel addiction”. As Earth Science Week falls in Festival week we are also planning a Geobakeoff!

The number of Hands-on activities is increasing and now includes a rocket-powered model car competition inspired by the Bloodhound supersonic car. This is suitable for all community groups from pubs to clubs as well as groups such as the Cadets, Guides and Scouts.

The programme is now being published on the website.

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