[Press & Publications] Plenty to do during Science Week



February 2000

No 31

The University of Leicester is to host an array of activities aimed at all ages and interests as part of National Science Week. A mix of events will get underway from March 19 until March 25 - all free of charge.

These include talks on volatile volcanoes, earthmoving quakes and the mystery of those disappearing dinosaurs!

If you fancy something a bit more active then you can always take a trip to Snibston Discovery Park where you can take part in workshops, involving the University, looking at earth sciences.

Technical hands will be poised within the University's Engineering Department when two groups of 13 and 14 year olds will battle it out in the designing and building of a special device which engineers regularly use when looking for faults within pipes.

The last day of these scientific events will take place in the Shires Shopping Centre. This will include exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations by the University, as well as other local organisations.

Details of events for National Science Week taking place at the University of Leicester and The National Space Science Centre follow. The National Space Science Centre is co-founded by the University of Leicester and Leicester City Council. For more information on University of Leicester events for Science Week, check out our website: http://www.le.ac.uk or ring 0116 252 2674.

National Space Science Centre: Science Week Activities - 17 - 26 March 2000

Events at the Challenger Learning Centre

Sunday 19th March: Mission to Mars. Come fly with us on a realistic space mission to Mars! Challenger Centre opens its doors to the public for the first time. Have you got what it takes? Please book in advance (0116 212 3347). There are two flights, one at 1.00-2.00 p.m., and one at 3.30 - 4.30 p.m. Venue: Challenger Learning Centre, Victoria Park Road, Leicester. Cost 2.00. Open to anyone over 9 years old!

Monday 20th March: At Home in Space. What do astronauts wake up to in space? How do they go to the bathroom? Come and find out in this relaxed, humorous look at a day in zero-gravity, using a combination of slides, video, audio and actual items of space hardware. There's also a chance to tour around the Challenger Learning Centre's Mission Control and Spacecraft. 7.00 - 8.30 p.m. Cost 2.00. Venue: Challenger Learning Centre, Victoria Park Road, Leicester. Please book in advance (0116 212 3347). Open to all. Thursday 23 March: Gateway to Mars. The Challenger Centre, Victoria Park Road, Leicester opens its doors to all tonight. Come and see how space missions work; explore our realistic Mission Control and Spacecraft; investigate rocks and meteorites and try your hand at controlling a Mars Rover! Tours start every half-hour from 6.00 p.m. Free, but please book in advance (0116 212 3347). Open to all.

Other Science Week activities from the National Space Science Centre

Saturday 25th March: Exploring the Red Planet. Come to the Shires Shopping Centre today for fun-filled hands-on investigations of Mars and other objects in our solar system. Make Mars buggies; watch spectacular demonstrations and try your hand at controlling a Mars Rover! (A partnership between the National Space Science Centre and the British Association). 9.00 am - 5.00 pm. No charge and open to all.

Monday 20th - Friday 24th March: The Extra-Terrestrial Roadshow. How likely is it that 'civilised' alien-life exists? Is there life on Mars? Find out the answers to these questions and more through an engaging presentation employing demonstrations and audience participation. (A partnership between National Space Science Centre and the University of Leicester). For invited schools only.

Tuesday 21st March; Thursday 23rd March: Starlab visits Snibston Discovery Park, Coalville. Delightful, educational presentations in a silver, inflatable planetarium, allowing you to witness the beauty of the stars during the daytime. Suitable for all age groups and for teaching different aspects of the National Curriculum. (A partnership between The National Space Science Centre, The British Association, and Snibston Discovery Park). Enquiries through Sue Hills on 01530 510851. Open to school groups.

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER EVENTS:

Lectures are open to the public and free and are suitable for any age group. For further details contact 0116 2522674.

Sunday March 19th: Department of Geology Evening Lecture Series: Crises at Volcanoes. Dr. Mike Branney. 7.30-8.30pm. New Building LT1. What happens to the environment and local population when an explosive volcano blows its top? What is the role of the volcanologist? Spectacular accounts from the Philippines, New Zealand, and USA.

Monday March 20th: Department of Geology Evening Lecture Series: Catastrophe at the End of the Cretaceous: Death in the Oceans, Death of the Dinosaurs? Professor John D Hudson, 7.30-8.30pm, New Building LT1. There is plenty of evidence of an impact catastrophe causing mass extinctions in the oceans. Did it also finish off the last dinosaurs?

Tuesday March 21: British Association Event: Earth Sciences. Practical workshops and talks by Dr Sean Lawrence of the University of Leicester. Snibston Discovery Park. For further details contact Jean Collins on 0116 252 2675. Bookings direct with Sue Sills on 01530 510851.

Tuesday March 21st: Department of Geology Evening Lecture Series: Shake, Rattle and Roll - Understanding Earthquakes. Dr Mike A Lovell, 7.30-8.30pm, New Building LT2. What are earthquakes and why do they occur? Why do some regions have more earthquakes than others? Do big earthquakes always result in damage and suffering? Can we predict or prevent earthquakes? Do we get earthquakes in Britain and if so, where?

Wednesday March 22nd: British Association Event: Talking Science. Martin Ballard of BBC Radio Leicester will do a live radio broadcast from the Space Research Centre, University of Leicester. (12.00 noon - 1.30 pm - 104.9fm). 12.00 - 12.30 pm Usual items; 12.30 - 13.00 Earth Sciences; 13.00 - 13.30 Space Research. Space Research Centre, University of Leicester. For further details contact Jean Collins on 0116 252 2675.

Wednesday March 22nd: Department of Engineering Event: Design & Build a P.I.G. Teams of Year 9 students will be invited to the Engineering Department to compete in designing and building a P.I.G. (a trolley used inside pipes and ducts by Engineers looking for faults). 10.00 am. Engineering Department, University of Leicester. For further details contact Ian Jarvis on 0116 252 2559.

Wednesday March 22nd: Department of Geology Evening Lecture Series: The Day the Earth Melted. Professor Andy Saunders, 7.30-8.30pm, New Building LT2. Volcanic eruptions in the Earth's distant past were far larger than those seen during historic times. What causes such eruptions? Were they responsible for mass extinctions such as that which caused the death of the dinosaurs? And are we at risk in the future?

Thursday March 23: British Association Event: Earth Sciences. Practical workshops and talks by Dr Sean Lawrence of the University of Leicester. Snibston Discovery Park. For further details contact Jean Collins on 0116 252 2675. Bookings direct with Sue Sills on 01530 510851.

Thursday March 23rd: Department of Geology Evening Lecture Series: Disappearing Oceans, Crashing Continents and Rising Mountains. Dr W Dickson Cunningham, 7.30-8.30pm, New Building LT1. Why are there clam shells in the rocks on the summit of Mount Everest? What causes uplift? Why do only some mountain ranges have volcanoes? What is the geological architecture of Earth's largest mountain ranges like the Himalayas, Andes, and Alps? How are mountain ranges constructed through time?

Friday March 24th: Department of Engineering Event: Design & Build a P.I.G. Teams of Year 9 students will be invited to the Engineering Department to compete in designing and building a P.I.G. (a trolley used inside pipes and ducts by Engineers looking for faults). 10.00 am. Engineering Department, University of Leicester. For further details contact Ian Jarvis on 0116 252 2559.

Friday March 24th: Department of Geology Evening Lecture Series: Enigmas and Ancestors: Conodonts, Palaeontology and You. Dr Sarah Gabbott and Dr Mark Purnell, 7.30-8.30pm, New Building LT1. Described by the worlds leading authority as 'fascinating little whatzits' conodonts were among the world's most mysterious fossils. Were they plants? Were they animals? Something else, perhaps? In recent years, work by Leicester scientists has revealed that conodonts actually have quite a lot to say about the origins and evolution of our corner of the animal kingdom.

Saturday March 25th: British Association Event: Family Interactives. A series of exhibitions, workshops, BUGGY Challenge and demonstrations by the BA, University of Leicester, NSSC and W.I. The Shires Shopping Centre, Leicester. For more information contact Jean Collins on 0116 252 2675.


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