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Pocket Science Funfair

The fun of the fair +the curiosity of science

Mentored by Richard RobinsonMentor summary: Director of the Brighton Science Festival
Organisation links:
Brighton Science
Location address: Patcham, Brighton, BN18XR
Chosen age group:

For ages: 7 - 18+ years

Available tickets:
Pkt Sci 10.30 - 4.00 £2 per session
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest

A summary

With Pocket Science we reach out. It looks like a funfair. It IS a funfair, but each of the attractions has a bit of science sneaked in. Dive-bombing seagulls, shrinking machines, Splat the Rat, Upside-Down Goggles, and all sorts of other sideshows that are guaranteed to enthral and entertain. Inspiring young minds by using everyday things to show the wonders of science, Pocket Science is a versatile and adaptable creature that can fit into a room or a hall. Simple scientific tricks can be used to help and explain to young people how science is the backbone of everyday things that we take for granted Surprising connections between subject areas can be made through games. The upside down goggles reveal how the eye sees things, but also why children's drawings are as scrawly as they are, and what it's like recovering from a stroke. You will find out directly, as you try to coordinate your new, upside-down eyes, and hand. The public's evaluations make special mention of the explaine...

Richard Robinson·Director of the Brighton Science Festival
Science is amazing, but sometimes the language of science is frustrating, often acting more as a barrier to understanding than as a help. My mission is to share the excitement, and simplify the language so we can all take part in it. My childhood was spent surrounded by my dad and brothers, who were all engineers. Naturally, I wanted to be an artiste when I grew up! I managed to do both, by making puppets, including mechanisms, then performing them on a children's TV show about science (The Riddlers: elf-like folks who try to 'riddle out' how the world works). There I practised speaking simple science, and found it was just as easy to be rigorous and accurate with clear English as with science-speak. I set up the Brighton Science Festival in 2005, because there is a great need to get kids engaged with science. It has been a great romp for me since then, to make things and learn things, and to pass on my learning to others, which makes my life richer, more useful, and heaps more fun. I've written 20 books about science, mostly for 7-11 year-olds. Over the past 15 years I have continued to encourage scientific thinking via the Brighton Science Festival, and the Pocket Science Funfair. There's plenty to be done: we need to understand a lot of things, from the huge (think climate change...) to the tiny (...and viruses). Let's keep on trying.

Learning aims

For some of us life is a plod from one routine to another. For a scientific mind* life is an adventure. *And we all have a scientific mind. It just needs to be woken up.

What's provided



Enhanced DBS

Risk Assessment

Public Liability Insurance

First Aid Kit

Smoke Detector

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we'll be

Old London Road, Patcham, Brighton, East Sussex, BN18XR

Pricing information

Ticket: Pkt Sci 10.30 - 4.00 £2Ticket description: Price is per person. Under 7s free . Very limited parking for pushchairs

Pricing information


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