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Roll up, roll up … for telescopes, planetariums and amphibians at Lewes science fair

University of Sussex scientists have organised a free festival in Lewes this weekend to excite children about science.

Bubbling over with activities for all ages, the Lewes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Festival (Lewes STEMFest) will return to Lewes Town Hall for its third year on Saturday 28 April from 12noon-3pm.

The 2017 festival attracted almost 800 visitors.

This year's festival will see the return of University of Sussex's popular inflatable planetarium, the East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society, and a paper bridge-building challenge.

New this year will be activities and information about the James Webb Space Telescope, which will be launched by NASA into space in 2020, presented by University of Sussex scientists who will take some of the first observations of the telescope.

Dr Stephen Wilkins, an astrophysicist at Sussex who is involved in the James Webb Space Telescope, is among those organising the festival.

He says: “The University of Sussex is full of ground-breaking research: from astronomers planning for the next space telescope, to physicists building quantum computers and scientists designing smash-proof mobile phone screens.

“We're excited to bring all these ideas and more to Lewes STEMFest so the young people who live nearby can see how exciting science can be, and what major breakthroughs are happening on their doorstep.

"There'll be great activities running from scientists at the University and beyond. We hope it'll be a fun afternoon for all ages."

For more information, see the Lewes STEMFest’s Facebook page.

There's no need to book tickets in advance - just turn up.

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Posted on behalf of: Lewes STEM Festival
Last updated: Monday, 23 April 2018