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Option 4

Arrival: 10.30-11.00

You will be met by PGCE Festival staff at the Bus terminal who will guide you to the Arts Centre and remain with you for the duration of your visit.

Activity 1: Interactive National Grid Discovery Zone

The Butterworth Hall will be transformed to house some of the University's most exciting research and teaching. The children will have the opportunity to have hands-on experience with equipment and take part in exciting interactive activities. Discover how the five senses shape our lives and meet some of our talented students and expert professors, keen to share their knowledge.

Activity 2: Exoplanets: where are our alien neighbours?

We live in a time when the discovery of exoplanets seems routine. But what are the chances of intelligent life existing in our galaxy? Hear from Don Pollacco from the field of Astronomy and Astrophysics as he reviews the current state of the art in planet detection and characterisation. You'll look at the known habitable zone planets. Could one of those be the fabled Earth 2? Finally, you'll get the look ahead at new experiments including the ESA PLATO mission, which is designed to search for terrestrial planets.

12.45-13.30: Lunch (packed lunch required)

Activity 3: Nappies, Explosions and Frozen Fruit: the Wonderful and Varied World of Chemistry

During this lecture, suitable for all ages from 10 upwards, Nick Barker will use practical demonstrations to showhow Chemistry is not only fun, but important to us all. He will relate his talk to the world around us and also to current academic research being carried out at this University.

Departure: 14.15-14.30

The PGCE Festival Staff will guide you back to your coach when your activities have finished.