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Bringing World Space Week to Guildford High Street

 October 10 2019 | Surrey | Views: 895

The University of Surrey partnered with the Institute of Physics to celebrate World Space Week, taking over Guildford High Street and Tunsgate Quarter with a raft of space-related exhibits, experiments and activities.

World Space Week, which takes place every year from 4–10 October, is the largest space event on Earth. For the first time ever Guildford hosted one of the 5,000 worldwide events with a full day of free and family-friendly activities, which included more than 20 stalls and table top experiments, solar observing, coffee shop craft sessions, storytelling, a school art competition, a space string quartet, science fact or fiction workshops, a sold-out lecture at the Guildford ODEON and a Bright Club comedy night. More than 2,000 visitors enjoyed playing with satellites, driving a Mars Rover and tasting astronaut food, while a range of volunteers wandered the high street in a UK Space Agency replica spacesuit. We were delighted to showcase some of the amazing research from our world leading Space Centre, as well as providing a platform for more than 20 partners from the space and physics sector to engage with the public.

Dr Heather Campbell, Physics Outreach Manager at the University, said: “We are so excited to be able to share the wonder of space with the local community, especially those who might not have chosen to attend physics events but who stopped by one of our activities in the high street to see first hand how fun and accessible space can be.” Dr Chantal Nobs from the Institute of Physics, said: “To launch this event for the first time we teamed up with the University of Surrey, who provided fantastic support, and we are pleased to say that World Space Week Guildford 2019 was a massive success! There is already huge support for an even bigger event next year.” The event could not have happened without the support of STEM Ambassadors, Guildford Borough Council, Tunsgate Quarter, Experience Guildford, Guildford Library, Yvonne Arnaud and Holy Trinity Church.

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