Brighton Science Festival at BA i360

Get ‘Hands-On’ this half term at the British Airways i360 with the Brighton Science Festival.  From Rocket Workshops, Coding and Hacking for Girls, and Fizz Pop Science: Crazy Hair-Raising Workshops. There is something for every inquisitive mind.

Why not couple your workshop with a flight at the British Airways i360.  Everyone who attends the one of the workshops at the BA i360 will receive a 20% off flight voucher, simply pick up a flyer or ask a member of the BA i360 team.

What’s On

Saturday 15th Feb – Kitchen Cupboard Chemistry

MasterChef meets molecules as we throw open the kitchen cupboard and reveal the secret science within. Use washing powder to create oxygen, get the CO2 out of your cake mix, stock up on hydrogen using nothing but lemon juice and vinegar and make some glue from skimmed milk.

The sessions are intended for children aged 7-12 (who will work in pairs) and supervised by RSC Chemists.  Parents may watch (and assist) their children. All children will need to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event.

Workshop times: 10:30am – 11:15am, 12:30pm – 1:15pm, 2:30pm – 3:15pm

Tickets: Free, but you’ll need to book a ticket in advance (donations may be collected on the day)

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Sunday 16th February & Saturday 22nd February – Coding and Hacking for Girls!

Calling girls aged 9 and above! Come and learn the skills you’ll need to succeed in the world of work.

In this short two-hour session, you’ll get a fast introduction to one of the most important programming languages in the world– Python. You’ll use it to hack the Minecraft game, and find out how to automate the boring bits. We’ll encourage you to try things out, ask questions, change things and see what ideas you can come up with. Coding experience not required.

Suitable for 9 years old and above. No experience of coding required, only enthusiasm and curiosity! All children will need to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event.

Workshop times: 

Sunday 16th Feb: 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Saturday 22nd Feb: 9am – 11am, 11:30am – 1:30pm, 2pm – 4pm

Tickets: £15 per session

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Monday 17th February – An introduction to Hacking with Minecraft and Python

Aged 9 and above? Come and learn the skills you’ll need to succeed in the future world of work. Hack Minecraft using Python. Coding experience not required, but enthusiasm and curiosity absolutely required!

In this short two-hour session, you’ll get a fast introduction to one of the most important programming languages in the world– Python. You’ll use it to hack the Minecraft game, and find out how to automate the boring bits. We’ll encourage you to try things out, ask questions, change things and see what ideas you can come up with.

Suitable for 9 years old and above. No experience of coding required, only enthusiasm and curiosity! All children will need to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event.

Workshop times: 9:00am – 11:00am, 11:£0am – 1:30pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Tickets: £15 per session

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Sunday 16th and Tuesday 18th February – Orchestra of Objects

Come and meet the ‘Pump-a-Phone’, ‘Grass-Xylo-Hopper’, and ‘Twisty-Bata-Drum’ among other creations in these fun sound and sculpture workshops.  Think big! Think colourful! Think tuneful!

Two super-enjoyable workshops that encourage hands on lateral thinking and bouncy fun music making. (Both 5+ years)

Music Making Workshop

Join in the wall of harmonic sound and get to explore these large percussion instruments built from all kinds of metals, stone (genuine rock music!), plastic and reclaimed woods. Become a conductor by using big physical gestures and simple hand signals to guide the ensemble of wacky instruments. Come get your groovy boots on!

Suitable for 5+ year-olds and parents. All children will need to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event.

Workshop Times:           

Sunday 16th Feb: 10:00am – 11:00am

Tickets: £6.50                    

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Tuesday 18th Feb: 10:00am – 11:00am; 1.15pm – 2.15pm

Tickets: £6.50 

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Make and Play Sound Sculptures

Welcome budding makers. If you like building big then this is for you!

This is hands-on making workshop using recycled plastic pipes, of all sizes and colours, that are easily plumbed and connected, creating big colourful structures (a bit like giant K’NEX).  Explore the sounds of pipes PARP! PARP!!! TRUMP! TRUMP! BUZZ BUZZ! WHIZZZZ! and add different materials.

Let the kids explore their lateral thinking and offer them a chance to work as part of a team, building something big and experimenting with sound. (The Sculptures are not for keeping).

Suitable for 5+ year-olds and parents. All children will need to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event.

Workshop Time:             

Tuesday 18th Feb: 11.15am – 12.15pm, 2.30pm – 3.30pm 

Tickets: £6.50

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Wednesday 19th February – Robogals: Creating Tomorrow’s Engineers Today

Join Robogals for a taster session in Robotics, where you will learn how to navigate LEGO EV3 Mindstorm robots through a challenging maze, compete in a robot obstacle course and Robot Wars!

Robogals is a society at the University of Sussex, looking to inspire children, especially girls, to pursue engineering and STEM related subjects. Currently in the UK women only represent 11% of the engineering workforce and we hope to change that. Learn more about robotics and to get an insight into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math’s) subjects.

This event is aimed for girls between the ages of 7 and 14, however older/younger people are welcome to join.  All children will need to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event.

Workshop Times: 10:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Tickets: This event is FREE but limited to 20 places

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Thursday 20th and Friday 21st February – Rocket Factory

This is your chance to design, build and fly your very own rocket on Brighton beach!

Join Jon London, star of BBC’s Stargazing Live, who will be on hand to show your budding astronauts how to build their very own rocket!

Over the 40-minute workshop, you’ll learn how to make a rocket fly, and then put your knowledge to the test in building your very own rocket to take home. After, take your creation on the beach and see if you can beat the record of 120 meters in the air.

Once you’ve launched your rocket, take your newly buzzed Buzz Lightyears up our giant spaceship and see if they can spot how the pod manages to take off to 138 meters in the pre-boarding exhibition.

Workshop Times:           

Thursday 20th Feb: 11:00am-12:30pm, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Tickets: £6

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Friday 21st Feb: 11:30am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Tickets: £6

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Sunday 23rd February – Fizz Pop Science: Crazy Hair-Raising Workshops!

Get ready for some hair-raising action! Explore circuits, conductors and insulators and create lightning.  Some lucky volunteers will also have the chance to make their hair stand on end (Humidity dependant) with the Van De Graff generator!

Suitable for ages 5-11 (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Workshop Times: 10:00am-11:00am, 11:30am–12:30pm, 2:30pm–3:30pm, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Tickets: £7 (adults go free!). Booking essential (spaces limited).

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