Brighton Science Festival

Animal Adaptations

Animal Adaptations

Friday 21 February 2020

10.00am - 11.00am

Peculiar Penguins

Penguins are strange but incredible. They can’t fly, but they have adapted to withstand temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius. They have evolved to brave blizzards as fast as 200 miles an hour. We look at how they combat the cold with a series of experiments to find out for ourselves. Children are challenged to solve an icy problem and test out the brilliance of blubber. They share ideas and work together as they have fun with science.

Find out about centres of gravity as we answer the question why don’t penguins fall over on ice like humans do? Explore the best waddling techniques inspired by our feathered friends.

Endotherms and Ectotherms

What are they? And how do they cope with the challenges of the marine environment? It may look like sea turtles are just sleeping on the sand, but they are really soaking up the sun for survival. We get messy (we’ll give you an apron, but don’t wear your best clothes for this one) as we investigate. Maths and chemistry collide as we mix our own heat-changing dough to model into our favourite cold-blooded creatures. Even small children can learn complex scientific language and concepts when it is presented to them in a fun and engaging way.


Friday 21 February

10.00am – 11.00am

Suitable for ages 5-12, no unaccompanied children

£12 per child, accompanying adults free