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Sidmouth Science Festival News

By July 22, 2021EXIST, STEMM

After our 2020 ‘virtual year’, we are planning and hoping to be able to hold the Sidmouth Science Festival in 2021 as an ‘in-person’ event although this could change at short notice. 

The purpose of this e-mail is: 

  1. to give you some early information of the Science Festival dates 
  2. to ‘test the water’ as to whether you might be willing to help with stewarding on two particular days
  3. to seek ideas for a Citizen Science project

1) Dates

The 2021 Science Festival is planned to run from Friday 8th October to Sunday 17th October.  We have a great (actually a really very great) programme planned. 

  • Super Science Saturday will be on the first Saturday in town: this is Saturday 9th October.
  • The final Sunday, 17th October, at the Norman Lockyer Observatory will be a ‘Make and Take’ day, with loads of practical activities for all the family to experience, enjoy and then take home.

2) Helpers

For both of these days,  we will need volunteers to help steward and oversee the activities. All that we do will be in line with government COVID guidelines at the time of the Science Festival.

So please could you let us know:

  • Would you be prepared to help us in stewarding on Super Science Saturday on Saturday 9th October?
  • Could you help at the ‘Make and Take’ day at the NLO observatory on Sunday 17th October.  This could be supporting an activity or with other roles such as marshalling?
  • Are there any other potential Science Festival volunteers that you would like to connect us with?

Please reply,

  1. Yes I would like to help on Super Science Saturday
  2. Yes I would like to help at the NLO
  3. Yes I would like to help on both days
  4. Not this year thank you

3) Citizen Science project 2022

Last year’s Citizen Science project consisted of collecting information on gull behaviour. The results are now being used at the University of Plymouth.

We are now looking for any other ideas which can be carried out easily by the general public. Please send any ideas for 2022 to [email protected]

Many thanks for your support

Sidmouth Science Festival Team

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