Inspire, Discover, Explore at the Physics Pavilion WOMAD 2017

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Inspire, Discover, Explore at the Physics Pavilion WOMAD 2017
  • In association with CERN, University of Lancaster, the Institute of Physics and Science & Technology Facilities Council
  • Bigger and better than ever for 2017 with brand new interactive hub The Lab, allowing festival-goers to get hands-on with cool experiments
  • A plethora of workshops, talks and lively discussions about everything from the science of rock guitar to space junk to festival fog

Just when you thought WOMAD 2017 couldn’t get any more exciting, along comes the positively explosive Physics Pavilion, brimming with mind-blowing and brain-busting activities, fascinating discussions and even a NASA live stream for WOMAD-ers to get stuck into. The science centre, in association with CERN, home to the Large Hadron Collider, the University of Lancaster and the Institute of Physics, is back and bigger than ever for 2017, with a brand new hands-on hub, The Lab, with interactive experiments and active workshops for everyone to enjoy.

With even more science discovery on offer this year, festival-goers are spoilt for choice; comedian, writer and science lover Robin Ince takes a break from his UK arena tour with Brian Cox to visit WOMAD to discuss art, creativity and all things scientific in his talk The  Rorschach Test of Reality, the Physics Pavilion go live to Houston as they live link to NASA’s Johnson Space Center to  give WOMAD-ers the chance to experience astronaut training, and rock out space-style with Mark Lewney who explains the physics of rock using riffs from Slayer to AC/DC, asking what causes the revolutionary, history-changing sound of rock guitar in his demonstration Rock Guitar in 11 Dimensions.

Ever wondered about all that cool smoke you see on stage at concerts and festivals, what it’s made of and how it got there? Matthew Tosh will be demonstrating all this and more in his talk  ‘Pulling the Fog Over Your Eyes’ so expect mesmerizing fog, smoke clouds and lasers, along with your daily dose of weird and wacky discovery Geek Chic’s Weird Science, where author and seasoned podcasters Lliana Bird and Dr Jack Lewis take an irreverent look at the latest news from the bizarre and beautiful world of science.  Getting lost without Google Maps or your SatNav is standard procedure these days, and Professor John Huth is here to help – ‘Where Am I? : The Science of Navigation’ teaches the art of natural way-finding and primitive navigation whilst ‘Space Junk’ explores the secret world of space debris, the millions of pieces of space junk currently orbiting the Earth. And if space balloons, thereminists and mysterious dark energy are your thing then Scientific Space Balloons, Thereminist Dorit Chrysler, and The Big Bang and The Acceleration of the Universe will answer all your questions about life, the cosmos and everything in between….

The Lab is brand new for 2017 – an exciting, hands-on hub of activity where WOMAD-ers have the chance to get stuck in and get interactive with countless fun workshops and cool experiments over the weekend for everyone from tots to veteran WOMAD goers. From the Superconducting Train to building your own Cloud Chamber to making a Sunset in a Tube, there is something to satisfy everyone’s curiosity. There’s even a workshop on how to play the Theremin, along with exploring Physics through the world of Minecraft, and even the chance to build a Particle Collision.

And our friends at Dyson and the Institute of Physics will be on hand throughout the festival in their pop-up science hub just outside the Physics Pavilion, jam-packed with interactive science and engineering challenges, hands-on experiments and fun workshops for festival-goers who fancy a dabble of discovery.