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Imperial Festival: Hands-On Zone for families


Imperial Festival is Imperial College’s annual celebration of science and creativity- it is on Saturday 28 April and Sunday 29 April in South Kensington. The Festival’s new Hands-On Zone is for young families with children aged up to 12-years-old. Highlights of this new zone include:

– Science Toy Award 2018 in which fun, interactive and informative toys are aimed at triggering young people’s curiosity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

– Access to equipment used in surgery, including the ‘intelligent’ iknife that can tell surgeons immediately whether the tissue they are cutting is cancerous.

– Exploring the importance and benefits of urban trees with researchers from our Centre for Environmental Policy.

– Dress-up like a real scientist and learn about what the elements of the periodic table.

Breathing Together, a free interactive event for families with children 0-5 years, is part of the Hands-On Zone. The exhibit explores the science of what kicks-starts childhood asthma. The interactive exhibit is led by some of the world’s top researchers and OKIDO – the people behind the popular CBeebies TV programme, Messy Goes to OKIDO. It will feature characters including Messy Monster who will join forces with his creators and leading UK scientists to make the science of healthy breathing fun.

Breathing Together will include a host of fun and interactive activities, including:

– a series of games and activities exploring the theme of regulating breathing

– a digital section where visitors can play within a special interactive projection

– and lively performances will be on show to visitors through the whole weekend.

The event is part of the five-year Breathing Together research project currently run by a consortium of clinicians and scientists from the UK and Australia. The project aims to understand how asthma and breathing problems develop in young children. The public event will be the only one of its type held in London by the Breathing Together consortium.

To find out more, visit their website.


Address: Imperial College’s South Kensington Campus, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2AZ

Dates and Times: 12 noon-6 pm on Saturday 28 April, 12 noon-5 pm on Sunday 29 April

To Register: Click here


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