Science and maths festive extravaganzas bring the fun of the Science Festival to pupils across the country

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Over 2,200 secondary school children across the country were treated to a science and maths festive extravaganza when the annual LabLive Lectures visited venues in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Kent and Lancashire this December.

LabLive brought all the fun of Cheltenham Science Festival to host venues The Bacon Theatre, Taunton School, Millfield School, The Marsh Academy and The Dukes Theatre, using Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to inspire and engage inquisitive young minds. As well as enjoying science at its most spectacular, pupils learnt more about the benefits of studying these subjects at GCSE.

This year’s alternative festive celebration produced a feast of explosions, experiments and hands-on fun, courtesy of five stellar scientists – pyro technician Matthew Tosh, magical mathematician Matt Pritchard, alchemy expert Andrew Szydlo, energy explorer Jamie Gallagher and neurologist Ginny Smith.

Attending teachers said:

It is always greatly beneficial for the pupils to see how science is used outside of the classroom. The presentations were very different, and the presenters have very different jobs, but they still both need and use science every day


The demos were exciting to watch, as they cannot be done in school. Overall it was fantastic and the pupils talked about it all the way back to school in the minibus


The free LabLive shows have amazed over 4,000 Key Stage 3 pupils with two hours of entertaining, inspiring and mind-expanding science since they started in 2011. They are produced by The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in partnership with EDF Energy and The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire.