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National Science Week events - Saturday 17th March 2007

National Science Week events - Saturday 17th March 2007

These events will be taking place as part of the Cambridge Science Festival 2007.

From Ice Sheets to Ice Cubes: what can ice tell us about climate change?

Saturday 17th March, 10:00-16:00

Explore the science of the Scott Polar Research Institute and what it can tell us about climate change. Discover the science behind the equipment taken on polar expeditions and hear what it is like to live and work in such extreme environments. Displays, talks, activities and interactive demonstrations running throughout the day.

All welcome.
Admission Free.

What's on?

Talks and Live Demonstrations

These will be held in the lecture theatre of the Scott Polar Research Institute. No tickets required.

  • 1:00: Talk. Steve Paris-Hunter. Endurance Kayak 66 South. Hear and see the experiences from this unique expedition to circumnavigate James Ross Island in Sea Kayaks.
  • 2:00: Dr. Neil Arnold. Discover glaciers and how they move with one of the scientists of the Scott Polar Research Institute.
  • 3:00: Dr. Bob Hawley. The Frozen Time Machine. Explore some of the science of the Scott Polar Research Institute - ice cores, ice sheets and palaeoclimate.

Activities and Displays

These will be in the museum and in the gardens of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

  • Follow the polar explorers around the Scott Polar Research Institute Museum with a museum trail (complete it and you can be entered into our prize draw to win a polar prize)
  • See some of the scientific equipment used by the Scott Polar Research Institute, and discover what the measurements they take can tell us.
  • How do we keep warm in such cold temperatures? Learn about and try on polar clothing.
  • See tents and equipment used in polar regions, and discover what life is like in Antarctica.
  • And lots more!...

Teachers' resources

Polar regions: Arctic and Antarctic (Poster)

Ice Science (Poster)

Keeping Warm - The Science of Polar Clothing (Poster)