Today Cheltenham Science Festival launches 60+ free online activities for schools and families, giving children everywhere the chance to explore science with a host of favourite presenters, writers and scientists. There are three free packs: one each for primary schools, secondary schools and families, containing a comprehensive guide to the online shows and workshops with challenges and ideas to help create a festival at home or in school. Already more than 200 schools have registered in advance for the packs and over 50,000 children will engage with the Festival online.

Cheltenham Science Festival digital hub

The digital Schools events and Digital Discover Zone activities are available from 13 May to 14 September 2021. All activities are free (no registration required) and can be filtered by age suitability from 5-14+ and subject (see listings on the Cheltenham Festivals website). 

In the Digital Discover Zone, activities range from building and design challenges to code-breaking and citizen science projects from Festival partners including BT, Canal & River Trust, CGI, Discover Materials, EDF, GCHQ, GE, Institution of Mechanical Engineering, Intel, Northrop Grumman, Royal Society, Safran, Spirax-Sarco Engineering, University of Gloucestershire and University of Leeds. There is a series of short career videos “So you want to be a...?”- introducing the talented minds working in science, engineering and maths.

Also launching today is a new free app providing a complete Festival companion for Festival-goers. The Cheltenham Festivals app enables users to search and filter all events (digital and physical), make a personal schedule, receive regular updates and find venue and catering information. The app will replace printed brochures, supporting the Festivals’ sustainability agenda. Fittingly, it comes on board alongside the Science Festival’s ‘Be The Change’ theme. To download the app visit the Apple or Android Playstore and search ‘Cheltenham Festivals’.

As lockdown eases, those lucky enough to snap up tickets can attend socially-distanced family shows and talks at Cheltenham Town Hall and the Apollo Stage in Imperial Gardens.

Many events at the Apollo Stage are free but a ticket is required. Book tickets at www.cheltenhamfestivals/science                                                 

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