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Explore nature’s mysterious hidden worlds

Delve into the hidden world of microorganisms, discover the strange creatures that lurk in the deep ocean and the frozen continent, and be amazed by secretive glowing animals at this year’s Science in the Square.

The annual family-friendly event, part of Falmouth Week, features fun talks by top scientists from the University of Exeter in Cornwall, as well as hands-on activities for people of all ages.

Science in the Square is free to attend and will take place in Falmouth’s Events Square from 12-4pm on Friday 16th August.

This year’s interactive fun includes the Earth Zone, where people can learn about cutting edge renewable energy technology and get stuck-in creating volcanoes in the ‘augmented reality’ sandbox.

Families can explore the hidden world of rock pools in the Marine Zone, and discover the tiny creatures of a garden pond through a microscope in the Minibeast Zone.

Those who are feeling brave can visit the Live Zone to handle a range of wild animals including cockroaches and giant African land snails, visit the Craft Zone to get creative with some arty activities, or have a go on the bouncy castle.

New this year, visitors are also able to play ‘Viruscraft’ to experience life as a virus, by evolving their structure in order to infect new hosts and stay alive.

The four interactive talks will all be based around the theme of Hidden Worlds, and speakers will include expert ocean scientist Dr Katy Sheen, who will be speaking about her adventures in Antarctica and the challenges of studying this far away and enchanting place.

Also speaking is Dr Ajit Pillai, an engineer who will be explaining the ways in which underwater robots can be used to explore the secrets of the deep ocean.

“This fantastic event gives scientists from our Penryn Campus the ideal opportunity to share their knowledge, passion and expertise for science with the local community,” said Professor Stuart Bearhop

“In particular, we are determined to give children of all ages the chance to experience the wonders of science at first hand through a series of talks and interactive sessions, and really explore the world around us in a fun, friendly and hands-on environment.”

Dr Kelly Moyes, Senior Lecturer, added: “We want to show that science is for everyone. Science in the Square provides everyone with the opportunity to not only learn more about the amazing science taking place in the inspirational environments of Cornwall, but also become scientists for the day.”

Professor Dave Hosken stated that “Science in the Square is a great way to link our Penryn campus with the local community and it’s a chance to give back, allowing all ages to get involved with this amazing hands on experience.”

More information about the event is available on the Science in the Square website and on Facebook and Twitter

Date: 18 July 2019