Lots of free fun and games and plenty of intrigue at Cambridge Science Festival March 11-24

PUBLISHED: 10:22 18 February 2019

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You can try out being an rat in experiments, see how the Genome Project will revolutionise medicine and dance at a scientific ceilidh. Here is a taste of the events at Cambridge Science Festival, March 11-24.

You can try out being an rat in experiments, see how the Genome Project will revolutionise medicine and dance at a scientific ceilidh. Here is a taste of the events at Cambridge Science Festival, March 11-24.

MONDAY, MARCH 11

Free story session and experiment about ice for the under fives with storyteller Marion Leeper at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Lensfield Road, CB1 1ER. 10am-11am. Free, need to book.

Ceilidh at The Emmanuel United Reformed Church, 7.30pm. £7/£4 special concessions free. 72 Trumpington Street, CB1 IRR. Need to book.

TUESDAY MARCH 12-SUNDAY, MARCH 24

Hands On Science at Cambridge Science Centre (44 Clifton Road Industrial Estate, CB1 7EP). Usual admission charge, ages 4-15, £3, 16+, £4.50, family, £13.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

Meet the DNA detectives decoding cancer. Michaelhouse Cafe in Trinity Street, CB2 1SU. 6.30pm-8.30pm. Free. Need to book.

The Universe of Black Holes, lecture by Christopher Reynolds, Professor of Astronomy. Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Downing Street, CB2 3RS. Free, need to book.

Comedy at The Portland Arms (129 Chesterton Road, CB4 3BA) adults only, Cambridge’s top talent talk about how they got into research. 7.30pm. £5.50.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

How the 100,000 Genomes Project will revolutionise medicine with Professor Mark Caulfield, chief scientist at Genomics England. Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Downing Street, CB2 3RS. 7.30pm. Free, need to book.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

Puzzling Surprises, maths problems solved by puzzle gurus.The Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, CB2 3RS. 6pm. Free, need to book.

Find out why your gut feeling was right and how thoughts connect to our “insides.” Robinson College, Grange Road, CB3 9AN. 6.10pm. Free.

SATURDAY MARCH 16

Family entertainment, Game of Bones. The battle for supremacy between dinosaurs and mammals over 300 million years. 10am. Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Downing Street, CB2 3RS. Free, need to book.

How babies and dogs communicate with us. 11.45am. Free, need to book. The Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, CB2 3RS.

Build your own Eiffel Tower at Alliance Francaise, 60 Hills Road, CB4 2JB. Free.

See Chemistry in Action with demonstrations and games with students and researchers at the Department of Chemistry in Lensfield Road, CB2 1EW Free.

Find out about the Science of Ice Cream at the Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, CB2 1PZ. 11.45am-12.45pm and 1.15pm-2.15pm. Free. Need to book.

Engineers Play with Toys, Channel Four presenter Dr Hugh Hunt plays with blocks, balls, bikes and boomerangs. Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, CB2 1PZ. 2.15pm. Free.

Be a rat in an experiment, see how complusive or attentive you are. Visit the Adaptive Brain Lab to find out how the brain pieces together information. See how memory develops in childhood. Find out about the lives of four year olds. An insight into addiction - all at the Department of Psychology, Downing Site, CB2 3EB. Free.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 AND SUNDAY MARCH 17

Crime Scene, identification from fingers to footwear, Chemistry in Your Cupbord, bathroom and kitchen, Make a brain hat and see what different areas of your brain do, discover the secet lives of cells, get to grips with genomics and meet scientists. Weekend events at The Guildhall, Market Square. 10am-5pm Saturday, noon to 4pm, Sunday. Free.

Sunday includes a hands-on autism-friendly hour, 11am-noon. Free.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

Explore the secret lives of octopuses. 10.30am. Playing Games like a mathematician. 2.30pm. Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Downing Street, CB2 3RS. Free.

A magical journey through scientific discovery with Cambridge Pentacle Magic Club. 2pm and 6pm at Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, CB1 7GX. £10 book on 01223 511511 or junction.co.uk.

MONDAY, MARCH 18

New treatments for dementia. Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Downing Street, CB2 3RS. 6pm. Free.

The Big Festival Quiz. Arts Picturehouse, St Andrew’s Street. CB2 3AR. Adults only 7pm-10pm. Free.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

Escape rooms, save your cells. Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane, CB1 1RW. One hour sessions: 4.30pm, 5.30m, 6.30pm, 7.30pm. £15 per team, 4-6 players. Need to book.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

Skeletons in the Closet at St Johns. St John’s College, Old Library, CB2 1TP. 11am-5pm. Free.

Maths Public Open Day. Noon-4pm. Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, CB3 OWA. Free.

3D Printing With Chocolate. Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, 27 Charles Babbage Road, CB3 OFS. 10am-1pm. Free.

Open Day at The Cavendish Laboratory. Department of Physics, JJ Thomson Avenue, CB3 OHE. 1pm-4.30pm. Free.

Family gaming night from Space Invaders to Xbox One. Centre for Computing History, Rene Court, Coldhams Road. CB1 3EW. £8/£6/£24.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24

Preview tour of the new Royal Papworth Hospital before April opening. Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke’s. Free. Need to book.

Teddy Bear Hospital. Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, Robinson Way, CB2 OSZ (off Long Road).

Full programme www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk or 01223 766766.

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