Busy week will focus on the appliance of science

Bugs found on the Mary Rose are put under the microscope for Science Week
Bugs found on the Mary Rose are put under the microscope for Science Week
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Get your goggles ready and put your lab coats on – National Science Week is back with a bang!

The annual event returns to spark interest in science and its importance to our everyday lives with exciting experiments and daring demonstrations and Portsmouth attractions are getting involved with gusto.

From this weekend a host of venues will be throwing their doors open to curious customers and wannabe scientists.

From tomorrow until next Sunday, Blue Reef aquarium in Southsea will be offering science-based talks, activities and quizzes. Children will be able to explore how different animals communicate and take part in hands-on experiments, learning about the science involved with the aquarium.

Organiser Jenna MacFarlane explained: ‘This year’s theme is all about how different creatures communicate and we’ll be showing a selection of different marine and freshwater animals to illustrate the different ways they express their feelings and emotions.’

A giant Pacific octopus called Lucy who changes colour will be among the creatures taking part.

At Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in the Mary Rose Museum, kids can take a different look at science.

Children will be able to look at original pieces of the Mary Rose under a magnifying glass and learn about the creepy-crawlies of the ancient ship.

The classroom will be open from 11am to midday and 2pm to 4pm tomorrow and Sunday and also next weekend.

The University of Portsmouth will be getting involved too. They will be performing some ‘science busking’ in Commercial Road between midday and 2pm on Wednesday. Shoppers and passers-by will be able to witness an array of science tricks and experiments performed by science students.

Plus, the big screen at the Guildhall will be showing short films of science experiments at random throughout the week.

Further afield, the University of Southampton’s award-winning science and engineering day takes place tomorrow. The event is free of charge and gives families the opportunity to see fascinating exhibitions, interactive displays and take part in various talks and demonstrations.

The celebration of science doesn’t stop at the end of the week. Fast, furious, frenetic fun is promised at The Kings Theatre in Southsea with Science Museum Live on Tour! on Monday, April 4. The renowned London museum is touring the country with its first foray into the world of theatre.

There is also plenty to explore at the British Science Association’s website british scienceassociation.org.uk.