Street Science

Street Science is Cambridge Science Centre's brand new public programme which will have our enthusiastic science communicators popping up in venues that you wouldn't expect.

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While Cambridge Science Centre is moving to its new premises, our enthusiastic science communicators are launching the brand new public event programme Street Science. Enjoy free pop up science activities in venues that you wouldn't expect. 

The date and venue is set, but you will have to follow our hints and tips on twitter and facebook to figure out the activity. One guarantee is that our unique pop up science activities are fun that all the family can enjoy.  Collect your loyalty card at the first event you attend and start collection experiences. Once you have visited four pop ups, you can claim your free prize.

Bring Street Science home

Missed a Street Science event? Well bring science to life in your home with our free, downloadable activities for all the family to enjoy. 

We had a wonderful time with everyone at our Central Library Event in March 2017.  We enjoyed learning about some of the great scientific discoveries discussed in Isabel Thomas' book 'How to Change the World', including famous fossil hunter Mary Anning! 

Create your very own Fossil Footprint at home with our Street Science activities: 

Street Science Fossil Downloadable

  Share this activity with friends by dowloading the above sheet by clicking this link.

DElboeuf iLLUSION  

Delbouef Illusion

Both the black circles are the same size, but they look different sizes depending on the size of the outer circle. This is called the Delboeuf illusion. The more empty space around the inner circle, the smaller it appears.

In real life, it has been found that larger plates can make the same amount of food appear smaller and vice versa. This is the illusion behind the suggestion that people who want to eat less should use a smaller plate.

Telephone 

Telephone Stock Image

Smartphones and other telephones all rely on an auditory illusion known as the missing fundamental. Complex sounds such as speech or music are composed of many different frequencies of sound, but telephones usually only transmit a limited range of sounds due to their small, low-quality speakers.

The brain is able to fill in the missing sounds so you can “hear” pitches that are not actually there. The fact that phone systems transmit less information makes it possible for them to carry more calls on a single line, making them more cost-effective

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