The annual Astronomy Fair at the Norman Lockyer Observatory in Sidmouth, Devon, on Saturday 6th August 2011 was a great success once again. Flying a Jolly Roger flag, the IOP tent entertained visitors young and old, with the biggest variety yet of hands-on science activities for them to try.
Despite the odd downpour during the day, almost 200 people had a go at building and launching a paper rocket; designing a galaxy suncatcher; making a solar-system bracelet; or doing some fun physics experiments. Many enjoyed trying out everything and quite a few came back more than once, especially to refine and relaunch their rockets…
The 400-plus attendees also enjoyed a programme of talks and plantarium shows; visiting the historic telescope domes; live demonstrations of solar imaging; and the opportunity to purchase the latest astronomical equipment.
A paper ‘rocket’ (technically a projectile) ready to launch… The furthest went almost 30 metres, with a little wind assistance!
Creating ‘Galaxy Suncatchers’, with plenty of glue and glitter – “I didn’t know physics could be so sparkly“, commented one pleasantly surprised young lady.
All hands to the Marshmallow pump… Just one of the many fun hands-on experiments which intriuged and entertained thoughout the day.
A short article about the event appeared in the Sidmouth Herald: click here
See the Norman Lockyer Observatory’s website for more info about their activities: www.normanlockyer.org
For more fun physics experiments see Marvin & Milo on physics.org: www.physics.org/marvinandmilo