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Durham University Celebrates Science Festival

Thousands of visitors of all ages enjoyed hands-on experiments and inspiring science at Durham University’s Celebrate Science festival.

Over 6,000 visitors flocked to a special tenth anniversary edition of the popular science festival, which was held in a marquee on Palace Green, Durham City, from October 29 to 31. 
Among the highlights were the University’s Planetarium and a Sun Dome, inside which families could learn about the power of the Sun and fusion energy.
Dr Pete Edwards, Director of Science Outreach at Durham University, said: “Celebrate Science is an opportunity for kids to see first-hand the inspiring science we do at Durham University and realise that science is not just about being a teacher or a dentist – there are many careers that scientists have and one of those could be for them.
“This year’s event has been a huge success. We’re grateful to everyone who visited or helped make the festival possible and we look forward to seeing many of the visitors at some of our other science outreach events and programmes throughout the year ahead.”
Paul Bowe, from East Rainton, near Sunderland, visited with his four daughters: Marley, ten; Macey, seven; Molly, six; and Milly, four. 
He said: “I’m interested in science and it’s fantastic to be able to bring the kids to something like this. They’re naturally inquisitive and the way the stalls are set up really gets them engaged. It’s a great event.”
Marley added: “Science is my favourite subject at school. Celebrate Science is really fun – to do experiments with lots of different things. I really like the Planetarium.”
Celebrate Science is part of the University’s extensive science outreach programme, which also includes: Durham University Schools’ Science Festival, which takes place over three days each Spring; Science into Schools, which sees undergraduates help teach science in local schools; and professional development programmes for teachers.
In ten years, Celebrate Science has attracted nearly 60,000 visitors. 
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