Welcome to the Scout Hut!

Aware of cost-of-living worries, we have dropped the cost to you by keeping it local. The science is the same, it just looks bigger in a scout hut.
Sixteen events over the nine days, ready and able to keep your minds and hands fully occupied.

The address for the entire Hands-On Half-Term week is:

The Scout Hut, by the Co-op, Old London Road, Patcham, Brighton BN1 8XR.

The activities, for young people and parents, are largely free-with-collection. You don’t have to reserve places, but it  would be advisable (and it’s free)

 

Programme for the week

Planning your trip

Saturday 22 October – workshop #1

Kitchen Cupboard Chemistry – You’ll make glue from skimmed milk, release oxygen from your washing powder, carbon dioxide from your cake mixtures and hydrogen gas from lemon juice! Then you’ll learn how to identify these gases.

Suitable for ages 6-12. Collection on the day. Bring cash!

To find out more and reserve a free place:

For session 10.30-11.30am click HERE

For session 2.00-3.00pm click HERE (There’s no charge)

Saturday 22 October – workshop #2

Elements KAPA – Learning the table of elements is a tedious chore at school, but a gripping game if you do it in the style of Top Trumps. Play a fun card game with designer Richard Cope and learn some amazing stories about the elements.

Suitable for all ages. Collection on the day. Bring cash!

To find out more and reserve a free place click HERE (There’s no commission)

Time: 12.00-1.00pm

Sunday 23 October – workshop #1

Our Lyrical Planet – Famed science songwriter John Hinton joins Richard Robinson to inspire families to understand ecology through song. The way microbes feed plants, that feed slugs, that feed ducks, that feed humans, is called a food chain. We explore food chains through the medium of a round. The food goes round, so the round goes round.

Suitable for all ages 7+.   £2    For more information and tickets click HERE

Times: 10.30-11.30am & 2.00-3.00pm

Sunday 23 October – workshop #2

Planet B – A family-friendly session of explanations, demonstrations and games that answer some of the main questions about climate change. Party balloons help to show how CO2 works, plate juggling demonstrates ecological stress, etc.

Suitable for all ages. Collection on the day. Bring cash!

To find out more and reserve a free place click HERE (There’s no commission)

Time: 12.00-1.00pm

Monday 24 October – workshop #1

Fizz Pop Science: Crazy Chemists Workshop – Explore chemical reactions in this hands-on session. From colour changing liquids to slimy putty (every child will make a pot to take home), this is sure to get a reaction from everyone!

Suitable for 5-11 Tickets £8 per child available HERE

Times: 10.30-11.30am & 2.00-3.00pm

Monday 24 October – workshop #2

Puzzling Paper – Learn some easy magic tricks to amaze your friends using nothing but a piece of paper and simple science. Key-hole surgery, mind-reading and a fart machine, using just a piece of paper? Can this be true?

Suitable for all ages. Collection on the day. Bring cash!

To find out more and reserve a place click HERE (There’s no commission)

Time: 12.00-1.00pm

Tuesday October 25 – WORKSHOP

Coding with Python – In this fast-paced two-hour workshop, you’ll learn about the importance of a basic knowledge of coding in the world you’re growing up in. We’ll teach you how to think about coding and hacking and how we put together programs in the real world using the Python programming language.

Suitable for 9+ year-olds. Ticket £20 for 2 hrs.

9.30-11.30 am.   Find out more and book  HERE

Tuesday 25 October – SHOW

Once You Were a Dinosaur Snack – Discover your secret past by studying your peculiar present – Yawning? Goosebumps? Hiccups? They make no sense, until you understand your evolutionary history…

Suitable for all ages. Collection on the day. Bring cash!

To find out more and reserve a free place:

For session 10.30-11.30am click HERE

For session 2.00-3.00pm click HERE (There’s no charge)

Tuesday 25 October – workshop

Evolve or Die! – In which we find out how evolution works the adventurous way, by designing an animal and watching it duck and weave through a string of catastrophes (like you did, way back in your evolutionary past). Only the fittest will survive.

Suitable for all ages. Collection on the day. Bring cash!

To find out more and reserve a place click HERE (There’s no commission)

Time: 12.00-1.00pm

Wednesday October 26 – WORKSHOP

Coding for Girls – where we welcome girls, non-binary and gender variant young people to the i360, to get into coding and electronics. You’ll have a simple two-hour introduction to some basic electronics, connecting them to Raspberry Pi computers and programming, plus you’ll learn about the gender gap in computer science in the UK,and how you can help fix it.

Suitable for 9+ year-olds. Ticket £20 for 2 hrs.

9.30-11.30 am.   Find out more and book  HERE

Wednesday 26 October – workshop #1

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast – The kitchen is an exciting place, even before you’ve got a bit of breakfast inside you. In this workshop you will discover many things, including: why jugs dribble, why water is sticky, why there’s dust at the bottom of the cereal packet, and why the toast ALWAYS lands butter-side down.

And the science has applications in the post-breakfast world!

Suitable for all ages. Collection on the day. Bring cash!

To find out more and reserve a place:

For session 10.30-11.30am click HERE

For session 2.00-3.00pm click HERE (There’s no charge)

Wednesday 26 October – workshop #2

Curiouser and Curiouser – Illusions optical, verbal, universal, humorous and haunting, from all round the world and every part of your brain. Awesomer and awesomer.

“The world is an illusion,” say the poets. “And thank goodness for that,“ say the scientists. Find out how we make up the world, and why it’s a good thing we do.

Suitable for all ages. Collection on the day. Bring cash!

To find out more and reserve a place click HERE (There’s no commission)

Time: 12.00-1.00pm

Thursday 27 October – SHOW

Science Magic & Magic Science – Always a festival favourite, Ian B Dunne returns with some fantastic equipment – including the amazing Van De Graaff machine – to make you make gape, gasp, wonder and laugh.

Suitable for 4-104 year-olds. Tickets £5 

Book for 10.30-11.30am HERE 2.00-3.00pm HERE and 3.30-4.30pm HERE

Thursday 27 October – Workshop

Static But Not Still – Electricity is taking over. This workshop looks at electricity’s frightening past as well its brilliant present and awesome future. You can use it to make a buzz wire game, and play some simple games with electrostatics.

Suitable for all ages. FREE : Collection on the day. Bring cash!

Time: 12.00-1.00pm     for more information and tickets click HERE

Friday 28 October – Zoom workshop

Zoom Into Your Senses – A Zoom call with a difference! Here we find out how much Zoom’s eyes and ears are like ours, and how in crucial ways they are different, plus we see how other animals Zoom, and ask: Whose senses are most sensible?

It will all be done on Zoom of course, so you needn’t get out of bed.

Suitable for all ages.   £2   For more information and tickets click HERE

Times: 10.00-11.00am & 12.00pm-1.00pm

Friday 28 October – workshop

Achoo! – the science of a sneeze – Discover the fascinating story of what goes on up our noses when we sneeze. Children learn when they’re having fun. What could be more fun than artificial mucus and fake noses? Great science and great fun from Vicky Bharj.

Suitable for ages 5-12  For more information and tickets click HERE

10.00am-11.00am  £12.50 per child – accompanying adults free

Friday 28 October – workshop

Fidget and Squidge It – Love getting hands-on with science, but hate the mess at home? Join us for slime making and fidget spinner designing. Discover the science behind the fun. Great science and great fun from Vicky Bharj.

Suitable for ages 5-12  For more information and tickets click HERE

12.00pm-1.00pm  £12.50 per child – accompanying adults free

Friday 28 October – workshop

Bright Sparks – Shockingly good science fun. We make complex ideas simple enough for all ages and abilities. Great science and great fun from Vicky Bharj.

Suitable for ages 5-12  For more information and tickets click HERE

2.00pm-3.00pm  £12.50 per child – accompanying adults free

Saturday 29 October – workshop

Pocket Science Funfair – It looks like a funfair. It IS a funfair, but each of the attractions has a bit of science sneaked in. This time trees are the magical guests; not tree ents, but tree entertainers will be putting them through their paces.

Suitable for all ages 7+.   £2   For more information and tickets click HERE

All day 10.30am-4.00pm  Come at any time; allow at least 1 hour.

Sunday 30 October – workshop

Pocket Science Funfair – It looks like a funfair. It IS a funfair, but each of the attractions has a bit of science sneaked in. Dive-bombing seagulls, shrinking machines, Splat-the-Rat, and today, Halloween preparations: learning trick-or-treat tricks.

Suitable for all ages 7+.   £2   For more information and tickets click HERE

TICKETS ON SALE AT THE DOOR

All day 10.30am-4.00pm  Come at any time; allow at least 1 hour.

Sunday 30 October – on Zoom

Are We Nearly Here Yet? – The true story of the nutty Universe, crazy planet Earth, chaotic evolution and lucky old You! Six weekly Zooms from Sunday 30th to just before Christmas, following you from the Big Bang till today – bang up to date

Suitable for all ages.   £13.82 for 6 weeks For more information and tickets click HERE

Time: 10.00-11.00am