Our temporary 'Exploring Science' exhibitions are part of the 'Hands-On Touring Exhibitions' created by our parent charity Science Projects Ltd.
We have 2 different areas that we reserve for our touring exhibitions and they are usually on display for three or four months at a time. Changing the exhibitions brings a fresh feel to the Science Centre and ensures an even broader experience for you; especially if you come back on a repeat visit at a different time of year.
If you are looking to hire these exhibitions yourself then please contact Science Projects Ltd.
Please note that there are no specific dates given for the times when the exhibitions are on display as dates are very much subject to change. If you are wanting to visit when a specific exhibition is on display please phone The Centre on 01323 832731 to check.
Please note that some exhibits in the temporary exhibitions are not suitable for visitors with pacemakers, insulin pumps or cochlear implants due to static electricity or a strong magnetic field. These exhibits are clearly labelled in the gallery and on the exhibit list which you can download from underneath the description of each exhibition.
This exhibition gives you a chance to find out more about your senses. Test your reactions and your memory, learn about your eye and find out how your sense of touch can be so important. You can also test your sense of smell and hearing too. There are 16 hands-on exhibits for you to try.
This exhibition reveals the techniques, tricks and trade of the art world from perspective to lighting, to composition. It looks into some of the major developments in the art world and how they shaped what people painted, how they painted it and what they painted with.
A collaboration between Science Projects Ltd and Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, The Mechanicals is a joyful interactive exhibition of comical, beautifully made automata that will give fun and knowledge to old and young.
The aim of this witty combination of art and science is to inspire visitors to help them understand the basic mechanisms involved in how the automata work. The figures are each busy with a zany activity, enhanced by a funny title and underpinned by an interactive board allowing you to play and understand the relevant mechanical principle involved. Drives, pulleys, ratchets and levers that make these machines work, underpin our lives in so many ways.
Operational Research (OR) is a scientific discipline that deals with the management of complex systems to enable decision makers to make better decisions. It is a real-world discipline, more than 70 years old, which is focused on the development of methods to help those who run organisations, and also to solve problems that underpin everyone’s daily life. As computers become increasingly powerful, OR continues to develop new methods and techniques to support decision-making. OR is a major contributor to the development of decision analytics, which has come to prominence because of the availability of big data.
Most of the problems that OR tackles and solves are messy and complex, often involving considerable uncertainty and multiple stakeholders with conflicting objectives. OR uses advanced analytics, modelling, problem structuring, simulation, optimisation and data science to determine the best solution to the problem and the best practical course of action.