University launches Facebook Competition

SciFest is a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at the University of Wolverhampton.

The University’s ‘Science Shack’ team have filmed and produced a series of experiments for families to try at home, to then enter the competition ‘Science in the Kitchen.’  

The competition aims to encourage families to have fun together whilst partaking in science experiments in their own kitchens. 

The competition will launch a new experiment each week, which includes; Baking Powder Volcano, Milk Kaleidoscope, Corn flour Puddle and CD Hovercraft.

Parents and children are to upload a photo of them taking part in the activity; photos with the most votes will win exclusive Scifest prizes featuring a Mind Controlled Helicopter.

With over 2,000 people attending last year’s SciFest family day, this year the University hopes that will also double in attendees.

Dr Derek Walton, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University, said: “We came up with the idea of the competition to attract families to take part in some of our experiments, providing them with a taster of what to expect on our Scifest family fun day.

“SciFest aims to show how exciting and interesting the world of science can be.

“On behalf of the university, we hope Scifest makes a difference, leading the younger generation with an interest and hopefully a future career in Science.

“We hope families have fun learning and enjoying ‘Science in the kitchen’ and much as we have at the University.”

Over 40 schools will be attending the festival during the week including; Lapal Primary School, St Michaels Catholic Primary School, High Arcal Comprehensive Secondary School, Black Country UTC and many more.

Former children’s television presenter, Johnny Ball will also be attending the University’s City Campus throughout the week during the Scifest Festival.

To take part in the Science in the Kitchen photo challenge, download the app.

SciFest runs from Tuesday 1 July to Saturday 5 July 2014.

SciFest family day is on Saturday 5 July, starting at 10 am and ending at 4pm. The event is open to the general public with free admission.  

Workshops have limited availability. Book online.

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For more information please contact Danielle Taylor in the Media Relations Office on
01902 322448

Date Issued: 18 June 2014

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