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Science Busking – the latest in street magic

Child doing science experiment‘Science buskers’ from the University of Warwick will be performing experiments with members of the public on the streets of Coventry this month.

On 31 August, a team of scientists will be carrying out scientific experiments for passers-by in the Lower Precinct, in Coventry City centre. The aim is to stir an interest in science by asking the public to get involved in some of the fun. The buskers intend to wow people with experiments such as, ‘Push the sumo wrestler’ and the ‘Rope Puzzle’.

Alison Rodger, head of MOAC at Warwick, is Principal Investigator on the project.

Alison said, “We aim to inspire the younger generation and hopefully this could encourage them to consider taking up science subjects at university.”

Sarah Cosgriff from the University of Warwick is second investigator and project planner for the event.

She said, “Science affects the everyday life of adults and children, whether they are scientists or not, so a majority of the experiments are based around things you can find around the house. Participants will be able to recreate these trials when they get home and it may even inspire some of them to engage with science in the future.”

Sarah added that science busking was now taking place all over the country and she has organised similar events in local secondary schools.

The British Science Association has provided the experiments and the event also features in Coventry City Council events calendar. Sarah is still currently signing volunteers for the street experiments and can be contacted on the details below.

 

Notes to Editors

Sarah Cosgriff is available on Tel: +44 (0) 7843 175314 Email: S.A.Cosgriff@warwick.ac.uk

For more information about the University of Warwick or Science Busking please contact:

Melissa Holloway, Assistant Press Officer, University of Warwick, Melissa.Holloway@warwick.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 76 575601 Mobile/Cell: +44 (0)7824 541142

 

 

 

Further information

For further information about the busking event, please contact:

Melissa Holloway, Assistant Press Officer, University of Warwick, Melissa.Holloway@warwick.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)24 76 575601 Mobile/Cell: +44 (0)7824 541142

Useful links

British Science Association

MOAC

Event location