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Come join us for Science in the Park!

When? 11:00 – 16:00, 18th March 2017

Where? Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire

Why? For LOADS of reasons…


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It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s a chance to see some of the most exciting science, technology, engineering and maths the city has to offer.


There’s a whole host of exhibitors coming to amaze the public about things as small as microbes and as big as planets – and everything in-between.
You can watch dancing robots, test your reaction speeds, make your own bacteria and much MUCH more. Just come along, wonder round the beautiful house and gardens of Wollaton Hall, and chose which stalls to stop at depending on what interests you most (or try to visit them all!).
Exhibits, activities and demonstrations cover all areas of science and are suitable for all ages – so why not come along and get involved?!



In fact – if you’d really like to get stuck in – why not come and have a go at talking to the public about the science you love? If you’re Primary or Secondary school age you could take part in our Science Fair. For more details, keep scrolling down, or email us at!

If you would like to volunteer at Science in the Park, please read more here

At Science in the Park 2017 you could…


Science in the Park 2017 Poster




Science in the Park 2017 Science Fair Poster


Details about the Science Fair

We are inviting budding scientists to take part in our inter-schools science fair. Pupils in key stages 2, 3 or 4 are invited to bring their own projects to present to the public – posters, experiments, videos and demonstrations are all welcome – and there will be prizes for the best entry in each key stage.

Projects created by pupils in key stage 3 can also earn a CREST Bronze award from the BSA – a well-regarded award which can count towards the skills section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award (scroll down for more details).


In order to allow pupils the chance to both present and enjoy everything else the fair has to offer, the following schedule is planned:

13:00 – 14:00 -Pupil of ages up to and including 8 years old

14:30 – 15:30 – Pupils of ages of 9 years or older

Set-up and pack away will take place in the gaps before, between, and after these timeslots.

Science fair rules:


When you bring your project to the fair at Science in the Park, please make sure it does not have any of the following:

Sharp objects (such as knives, scissors or pins)

Burn hazards (flames or unprotected heat sources)

Spoiled food (unless in a sealed container)

Risk of electric shock (e.g. bare wires)

Chemicals or water which could spill: if you are using any chemicals they must be in sealed containers or in small amounts of low concentration

Any project which is considered unsafe on the day may not be allowed to display – if you are not sure about your project, email us at to check!



Any project involving live animals must not harm them in any way. This includes investigations involving people – do not design a project which could hurt or upset somebody.


Facilities on the day

We are unable to provide running water or electricity for projects.



Wollaton Hall and the British Science Association are not liable for any loss or damage to projects. If you want to use anything valuable (e.g. a laptop or iPad) then it is at your own risk, so it is best to stay with your stall until the end of the judging.



The judges will choose a winner and a runner up in each category. The primary category is for entrants who are still in primary school (up to year 6), the Key Stage 3 category is for entrants in years 7, 8 and 9, and the Key Stage 4 category is for entrants in years 10 or 11. The judges will judge on these criteria:


Scientific knowledge and understanding: Does your project show that you understand the science behind your idea?

Problem solving and the scientific method: Does your project show how you investigated, experimented or researched an idea properly?

Organisation: Does your project tell a story? Is your project clear for other people to understand?

Creativity: Was your project your own idea? The judges won’t like projects that came in a box or that we can find on the internet as much.

Communication: Does your project explain and show what you’ve done? Will other people learn something from your project?

Independent work: Is this project your own work? It is sensible to ask your teacher or parents to help you if you need an adult, but the judges want to know that you did as much as you could on your own.



There will be a prize for the winner of each category and every entrant earns a certificate of entry.

One of the prizes, very kindly donated by the National Space Centre (for the second year in a row!), is a family pass to the centre – for two adults and two children.

NSC prize

Other exciting prizes include a family pass to the National Videogame Arcade, a guided tour around Green’s Mill including refreshments for up to six people, and some science books donated by E.On!


A special note about the CREST Bronze award

For pupils in Key Stage 3, your project can earn you a British Science Association CREST award. The Bronze award shows that you have enquiry, problem solving and communication skills by creating a project which helps other people learn about something scientific. The project should take at least 10 hours of work (about two days) to achieve the standard expected. A Bronze CREST award can count towards the Skills section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The judges will decide whether your project meets the criteria to earn a CREST Bronze award – if you would like further guidance to ensure you will qualify for the award, email us at to check.