Bradford Science Festival

The Science Museum Group is proud to manage the STEM Ambassador Hub Trans-Pennine on behalf of STEM Learning. We support 2,500 volunteers from science, technology, engineering and maths backgrounds across three regions: West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.


ROCKET MICE

From the Science Museum Group

This activity involves shooting a rocket high into the air by rapidly squashing a plastic bottle launcher. It’s a great opportunity to challenge the old saying “What goes up must come down”. You won’t get this rocket into space—but some real rockets do go fast enough to prove the saying wrong.


BOTTLE TOP SHAPES

From the Science Museum Group

Shapes and patterns can be found all around us. From flowers to footballs, seashells to staircases. In this activity, simple lines drawn on bottle tops or jam jar lids provide a fun way into the wonderful world of geometry.


BUILD A DOME

From the Science Museum Group

Many structures are built around frameworks made of straight, rigid pieces of wood or metal, called members, connected together. Forces generated in the members support the structure.

In this activity, drinking straws are used as members, to make a self-supporting dome.


MAGNETIC MAZE

From the Science Museum Group

Use a magnet to guide objects through a maze drawn on the side of a plastic bottle.

This activity provides a fun way to explore magnetism. It involves the simple task of using a magnet to guide a coin through a maze drawn on the side of a plastic bottle. There are plenty of opportunities to think and talk about how magnetism works, and why magnets only attract certain materials.

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR OWN MAGNETIC MAZE


MAKE IT FLY

From the Science Museum Group

Investigate the forces involved in how planes fly by making some of your own and testing them out!

This activity shows how a paper aeroplane, glider or helicopter falls to the ground much more slowly and gracefully than a scrunched-up piece of paper. It’s all thanks to the forces generated by air pressing on, and moving over, the surface of the paper.


SPAGHETTI STRUCTURES

From the Science Museum Group

Put your engineering skills into practice by building a tall, strong tower out of spaghetti.

Engineers put pure scientific knowledge into practice – but their jobs often involve practical testing, problem-solving and teamwork too. This activity calls all of these skills into action, to help build a tall, strong tower using spaghetti and marshmallows.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SPAGHETTI STRUCTURE


TOTAL DARKNESS

From the Science Museum Group

When the power goes out, it’s time for action in our web-based game.

Venture into the dark, explore different locations and meet new characters – creating your own unique adventure as you play! Use your science skills to get the power back on and see if you can discover the real reason behind the sudden darkness covering the whole town. This game puts you in control, it’s your choices and decisions that will guide you through the story to discover the cause. Will you solve the mystery before it’s too late?

CLICK HERE TO PLAY THE INTERACTIVE GAME


WRECK YOUR TECH

From the Science Museum Group

Explore what’s beneath the surface of your old gadgets by taking them apart!

Taking apart gadgets such as a travel alarm clock, disposable camera, headphones, propelling pencil or a TV remote control is a great way of exploring beneath the surface of objects. It encourages students to question and find out how something works, and how it was made.

CLICK HERE TO DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN WRECK YOUR TECH


TRANSMISSION APP

From the Science Museum Group

A puzzle game in which you create complex networks to communicate increasing amounts of information.

CLICK HERE TO PLAY THE PUZZLE


RUGGED ROVERS

From the Science Museum Group

This Science Museum game allows you to design and test your own all-terrain space rover.

CLICK HERE TO SEE IF YOU CAN CROSS AN ALIEN LANDSCAPE