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Science Saving the World

Find out more about the world around you and explore how science can help with the climate emergency.

Free drop-in activities

These activities will take place between 10.00 and 16.00 (unless otherwise stated) at the venues and dates listed below. You’re welcome to drop in and get involved!

At the museum

Don’t forget you’ll need to book a free admission ticket to visit the museum.

  • Smart, Clean and Green (23 October): Making cement, ceramics, chemicals, glass, metals and paper creates a huge amount of CO₂ gas, but these industries support how we live. Find out how we can build a greener future. Suitable for ages 7+.
  • Museum of Plastics: Special Preview (23–24 October): A chance to view the new digital Museum of Plastics ahead of its world premiere at COP26 in Glasgow the following week. Suitable for ages 7+.
  • ReThink Food Futures (23–31 October): How can you grow food without soil? See the future of growing food and learn about how it will help tackle global food shortages. Suitable for ages 5+.
  • Planting for Healthy Lives (27 October): Lots of local organistaions help build communities, plant trees and promote healthy lifestyles. Find out about the science behind their work and how you can get involved. Suitable for ages 5+.

The Broadway Bradford

  • Engineer a Green Future (23 October and 11.00–16.00, 24 October): STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) can help us to understand the world around us and engineer a greener future for the planet. Meet the University of Bradford STEM team for some fun hands-on activities and demos. Suitable for ages 5+.
  • Born in Bradford Data Visualisation (23 October and 11.00–16.00, 24 October): Immerse yourself in data about people and places in Bradford. Discover how science shapes our lives by playing with the data yourself and talking to the scientists who are finding meaning in it. Suitable for ages 5+.
  • Smart, Clean and Green (30 October): Making cement, ceramics, chemicals, glass, metals and paper creates a huge amount of CO₂ gas, but these industries support how we live. Find out how we can build a greener future. Suitable for ages 7+.

Kirkgate Shopping Centre

  • World in a Jar (23 October): What do ecosystems need to stay healthy? Come and find out, then create a world in a jar and make a terrarium to take home. Suitable for ages 5+.

City Park

  • Bubble Refill Station (15.00–18.00, 23 October): Bring along your empty bubble container for a free refill using 50 Things to Do Before You’re Five’s ‘Big Bubble’ recipe! Suitable for all ages.

Shine West Bowling

  • Born in Bradford Breathes (26 October): Poor air quality is a major cause of illness, and children are particularly vulnerable. Join our student citizen scientists to find out how exposed children in Bradford are to pollution on their journey to school, and how this can be reduced. Suitable for ages 5+.
  • Bradford Waterways (26 October): Learn all about Bradford’s waterways, including Bradford Beck and River Aire, and how you can help prevent pollution and flooding. Suitable for ages 5+.
  • Bubble Refill Station (26 October): Bring along your empty bubble container for a free refill using 50 Things to Do Before You’re Five’s ‘Big Bubble’ recipe! Suitable for all ages.
  • Clean Air Quiz (26 October): Bradford Council are making changes to fix the problem of air pollution and want to show people why. Meet them, try your hand at the clean air quiz and enjoy other fun activities. Suitable for all ages.
  • Recycle and Reuse (26 October): What have you got around your home that can be repurposed, recycled and reused? Come along and have a go at making some new things out of old. Suitable for ages 7+.
  • Saving Rivers Starts at Home (26 October): Can you build the perfect riverside home? Explore how rivers work in a hands-on playful experiment with our giant river model. Suitable for all ages.
  • Seed Saving and Planting (26 October): Learn fascinating facts about seeds and autumn seed sowing, then have a go yourself with Horton Community Farm! Suitable for ages 7+.
  • Smart, Clean and Green (26 October): Making cement, ceramics, chemicals, glass, metals and paper creates a huge amount of CO₂ gas, but these industries support how we live. Find out how we can build a greener future. Suitable for ages 7+.

Laisterdyke Library

  • Bradford Waterways (28 October): Learn all about Bradford’s waterways, including Bradford Beck and River Aire, and how you can help prevent pollution and flooding. Suitable for ages 5+.
  • Bubble Refill Station (28 October): Bring along your empty bubble container for a free refill using 50 Things to Do Before You’re Five’s ‘Big Bubble’ recipe! Suitable for all ages.
  • Clean Air Quiz (28 October): Bradford Council are making changes to fix the problem of air pollution and want to show people why. Meet them, try your hand at the clean air quiz and enjoy other fun activities. Suitable for all ages.
  • Recycle and Reuse (28 October): What have you got around your home that can be repurposed, recycled and reused? Come along and have a go at making some new things out of old. Suitable for ages 7+.
  • Saving Rivers Starts at Home (28 October): Can you build the perfect riverside home? Explore how rivers work in a hands-on playful experiment with our giant river model. Suitable for all ages.

More special events

Involving Young People in Climate Change Discussions

LOCATION: BCB Radio, 106.6FM and online
DATE AND TIME: 17.45, 25–29 October as part of Bradford & Beyond (repeated the following morning, 11.00–12.00)
AGE: Suitable for ages 18+

AimHi deliver an online environment course for young people, as well as training for teachers on how to teach the subject of climate change. Tune in to BCB Radio to listen to them talk about their work, climate course and involvement in Bradford Science Festival and COP26.

DEN OF ENQUIRY radio show

LOCATION: BCB Radio, 106.6FM and online
DATE AND TIME: 16.30–17.00, 25 October; 10.30–11.00, 26 October; 12.00–12.30, 30 October
AGE: Suitable for ages 18+

In this radio show, Den of Enquiry podcast host Miranda Duffy will talk about the importance of encouraging pre-teens and teenagers to develop critical thinking and confident questioning skills when it comes to democracy and issues such as climate change.

DEN OF ENQUIRY Workshop

  • 11.30–12.30, Tuesday 26 October at Shine West Bowling
  • 11.30–12.30, Tuesday 28 October at Laisterdyke Library

AGE: Suitable for families with children aged 9+

Den of Enquiry gets families talking about democracy by having fun with rhythms and rhymes. Put your critical thinking cap on and join Miranda Duffy from the University of Leeds for a poetry whoosh. Is democracy about more than just voting? Come and find out!

ARE WE HERE YET? BRADFORD’S JOURNEY TO A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

LOCATION: BCB Radio, 106.6FM and online
DATE AND TIME: 16.00–17.00, 26 October; 10.00–11.00, 27 October; 16.00–17.00, 29 October
AGE: Suitable for families with children aged 11+

In this radio show Amir Sharif, Professor of Circular Economy at the University of Bradford, will interview pioneers in Bradford and surrounding areas who are using sustainable practices to support economic regeneration and growth.

ASTRO KID FILM SCREENING AND ACTIVITIES

LOCATION: Delius Arts & Cultural Centre
DATE AND TIME: 11.00, Saturday 30 October
AGE: Suitable for families with children aged 5+

Enjoy a screening of the animated family adventure Astro Kid (PG), in which a ten-year-old boy explores a wild and mysterious planet with his new friends, a robot and an alien! The screening will be accompanied by creative activities with an environmental twist.


Venue information

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