The Lab

This year there is something for everyone in The Lab – the place for both young and old to get hands-on with physics. All our workshops run a first come first served system and numbers are limited. You can experience the Tactile Collider, learn to play the theremin, do some science rap, programme a humanoid robot, and explore a huge array of scientific principles.

Join Edinburgh University physicist Dr Anne Pawsey who leads an adults-only workshop exploring the Physics of Gin. You’ll discover the physics of alcohol, the influence of ice, and what actually happens when you shake a martini. Using ‘Physic Gin’ from the Oxford Botanical Gardens you’ll be able to taste the gins from The Oxford Artisan Distillery.

Dorit Chrysler, founder of the New York Theremin Society and ‘Kid Cool Theremin School’ gives you the chance to explore the unique instrument that doesn’t require you to touch it. Once you’ve got to grips with it, you can join in a Theremin Ensemble!

CERN invite you to come and explore the wonder of the Large Hadron Collider using touch and sound alone. Wearing a blindfold you can experience how the particle accelerator works and how they make the Higgs Boson. The Tactile Collider was designed for visually impaired people so that they could visualize the physics carried out at CERN using touch and hearing binaural soundscapes.

Children age 10+ can solder their own circuit to learn about how modern electronic devices work, and take away their own light-up badge, a lucky few will also be able to build their own accelerator, soldering a mini computer to simulate particle collisions.

“Physics in the Freezer” means you can explore how very low temperatures change the way materials behave, altering their physical properties, and you’ll be able to get up close with a cloud chamber and see how it makes the invisible visible – you’ll be able to see the journeys of individual particles of radiation that are hitting us all the time!

Visit The Lab to discover what else is in store from 11 am until 6 pm Fri-Sun.

Full details will be on the WOMAD Festival App.