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'Tomorrow' - Swindon's Science Festival

Date: 21st February 2020 - 22nd February 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

21 & 22 February

STEAM

 

"TOMORROW" - Swindon's Science Festival

A two-day festival of science and engineering surrounded by Brunel’s engineering in Swindon, the hub of UK science and innovation.

Scientists and engineers will exchange knowledge and ideas with the public.

Partners from industry, government and academia will reveal the latest innovations for today and tomorrow...

The event takes place in STEAM's characteristic Great Western Hall, Hawksworth Hall and Sir Daniel Gooch Theatre.

 

Science Festival Admission

Admission to Tomorrow is FREE. Advance tickets to the event are now sold out. A number of free entry tickets may be available on the door, subject to availability. Any remaining tickets to talks and shows will also be available to book when you arrive.

No trip to STEAM is complete without visiting our incredible story-telling displays, iconic locomotives and special exhibitions. Why not also purchase a ticket to the Museum?

 

Talks and Shows

Friday, 21 February

11:00 - 12:00: BBC Science journalist, Roland Pease: Dude, where's my hovercar? What's the future of transport? 

Swindon was built on the railways, and the car makers soon followed.  But what's next for Swindon and the world. Join BBC Science in Action presenter, Roland Pease, and a panel of invited guests from government and industry to explore the future of travel.

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 11+

 

12:30 - 13:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

13:30 - 14:15, UK Space Agency: UK goes to the Moon!

The UK is heading back to the Moon! We are living in an exciting, once in a generation time when the direction of space exploration is shifting gears. The world space agencies are building spacecraft that will send humans out beyond the confines of Low Earth Orbit for the first time since the end of the Apollo lunar missions in 1972 and have plans for much more. The UK, through our membership of the European Space Agency, will be a part of these exciting missions, but it is not the first time that we have sent missions to the Moon.

Libby Jackson, the UK Space Agency’s Human Exploration Programme Manager, shared the amazing details of our lunar story - past achievements, current activities and the plans for the next decades.

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

14:30 - 15:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

15:30 - 16:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

Saturday, 22 February

10:30 - 11:20, Matthew Tosh: Fireworks - Real Science or Just Bangs?

Explore the colourful and explosive world of pyrotechnics as Matthew deconstructs the science and engineering behind firework displays. Matthew Tosh has taken the live science show world by storm with his shows and performances about fireworks and stage effects. He’ll reveal how to create colours, different sound effects, shock waves and perfectly timed bursts in time to music. Featuring shock waves, forces, energy pathways, electricity, flames, sparks, smoke effects and real indoor fireworks, this is an exciting and dramatic show that will guarantee to have you on the edge of their seats.

Adult £4 | Child £2 - Suitable for all ages

 

11:30 - 12:15, Mark Miles (CEO, Render): Re-imagining the World  - Creating the future with VR and immersive technology

Blurring the lines between physical and digital worlds, immersive technology offers the ultimate engagement platform for the experience age and can solve real challenges facing business and society, along with transforming gaming and entertainment. Immersive innovation is increasingly recognised as a powerful solution to a range of 21st century challenges.

“The beauty of VR is that it transcends borders and physical spaces, delivering virtual experiences where people all over the world can be in the same room at once, visualising and shaping everything, working together in a virtual space.” – Mark Miles, CEO Render.

Mark brings his real-world expertise and experience to showcase the very latest applications of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, and will challenge the audience to imagine what immersive technologies might mean for how we will create our future.

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

12:30 - 13:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

13:30 - 14:15, Brian Clegg: How to build a Time Machine

Time travel makes for wonderful science fiction, but in this talk, we take a trip with popular science writer Brian Clegg into the real world of time machines. Surprisingly, there is nothing in the laws of physics that prevents us from travelling through time. In fact, time travel is a natural consequence of relativity - though the reality is very different from the time machines of fiction. There is no other topic that captures the imagination so dramatically. From an exploration of the nature of time and why time travellers’ conventions don’t get many attendees to the revelation of our best time machine that has already been built, this talk shatters our illusions on the reality of time travel.

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 11+

 

14:30 - 15:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

15:30 - 16:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

How to Find Us

Please click here for directions to STEAM. 

Please note, there is strictly NO FREE CAR PARKING FOR SPECIAL EVENTS. There is strictly no car parking outside of the Museum except for Blue Badge holders. 

Car parking is available in the Swindon Designer Outlet North and West car parks

For full car parking details, please click here.

Cost: FREE Entry