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Switch on to week of Otley's scientific celebration
A week-long celebration of all things scientific will begin in Otley this weekend.
The 2013 Otley Science Festival will feature everything from an experiments-packed talk on the history of electricity to custard-powder flamethrowers.
Other highlights look set to include a presentation by BBC wildlife presenter Mike Dilger, a Bonfire Night special Science Cafe focusing on fireworks, and a fun-filled comedy science show, Robot Woman of Tomorrow, by Helen Keen.
There will be plenty of events aimed at younger visitors too, starting on Sunday, November 3 – the festival's opening day – with a screening of Pixar’s Wall-E combined with a robot-building workshop.
Otley-based scientist and TV presenter Marty Jopson, who organises the festival, is promising “a hair raising but electrifying performance” at 7.30pm on Monday, November 4, when he presents Zap Crackle and Pop.
He said: “We have a fabulous week lined up for you.
“To celebrate Bonfire Night we have a specially themed Science Cafe with three speakers each spending ten minutes talking about a firework- related subject, followed by our usual lively question and answer session.
“From natural fireworks to the epidemiology of firework injuries, there may even be a few, perfectly safe, indoor fireworks.
“And at our Science Festival Lunch you can enjoy a delicious buffet lunch then sit back and listen as Professor Jim Wild explores our planet’s intimate relationship with the sun, and reveals the science of the Northern Lights.”
Other attractions will include a talk on the science of food by 'Gastronaut' Stefan Gates, of CBBC fame, that will feature a wealth of stunts along with a vegetable orchestra and an insect and jellyfish salad..
There will be several shows put on just for local schools, too, along with further Silly Science Toddler Time sessions.
The festival will hold an all-day, gadgets and demonstrations-packed Science Fair on its final day, Saturday, November 9, when lots of groups will be showing off some of the best science the region has to offer between 10am and 4pm. Admission is free and refreshments, lunches and cakes will be available from the Courthouse Cafe.
For more details visit, otleysciencefestival.co.uk.
- The 2013 event is being supported by: Otley Town Partnership, Otley Town Council, Needham Geoscience, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, the Institute of Physics, Leeds Bradford Materials Engineering Society, and Otley & Yeadon's three ward councillors through their MICE funds.