Full STEAM Ahead – Harwell Science Campus Family Fun Day 2018

Saturday 9th June 2018 – It’s that time of year again and we were back for our 4th annual Family Fun Day on the Harwell Campus. This year in a slightly different location on the sport’s field rather than the cricket pitch, but with fantastic sunny weather. With the second year under the ‘Full STEAM Ahead’ branding the event had become well recognised by locals and we estimated to have over 3,500 people on site during the day.

After last year’s success with our timed Dry Ice workshops, we repeated the same format for up to 30 children at each session for DIY Slime Time. Children chose whether to make fluffy slime, galaxy slime, stretchy putty, clear slime or an experimental combination, all using household ingredients. It was so popular we had to provide recipes for those who missed out.  As usual we also supplied our mega bubble mix for making the most incredible giant and square bubbles. The Science Art tent was also a big hit for creative children wanting to explore chromatography and hydrophobic inks.

With the knowledge we have at Bright Sparks HQ, we were happy to help those companies who wanted to get involved in science outreach, designing activities for them to engage their target audience. We designed and provided Neptec with paper rockets to roll and launch with a stomp pad and created branded papercopters for Bluestream Recruitment.

Alongside these activities we also had:

  • Inspect your finger prints with Thames Valley Police 
  • Examine meteorites and mini robots with STFC
  • Investigate genes and cells with MRC
  • Get hands-on with Berks, Buck & Oxon Wildlife Trust
  • Have fun with maths through City of Zombies board games
  • Get green fingers with Chilton Garden Centre
  • Learn croquet with Harwell Croquet Club
  • Fire safety with Oxfordshire Fire Service
  • Music & dancing with Boogies Beats

Why get involved with this event?

Full STEAM ahead Family is the biggest and best, public event held at the Harwell campus. With backing from Harwell Oxford, sponsorship from Neptec and a-plan and big science companies such as MRC and STFC attending, it is always an unmissable event. This is the perfect opportunity to publicize your company’s remarkable research, highlight facilities to other organisations, advertise open days and attract the wider community to recognise what impact you have on society. Perhaps you’d like to have company representatives present their research, talk to young adults about career choices or influence younger minds to enjoy your subject, then we can help you provide suitable activities. Maybe you’d like to promote your business, be a sponsor or highlight an upcoming event, we can facilitate this too. Don’t miss this great opportunity to showcase the astounding work you do and it will all cortribute towards your corporate responsibility.

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