BedPop Science Lab Returns to Bedford Image Bedford Borough Council

A day of free STEM activities across Bedford town centre

BedPop Science Lab (BSL) is coming to venues across Bedford town centre to help celebrate British Science Week. The event, on Saturday 7th March (10am – 5pm), is to inspire the scientists, engineers and inventors of the future.

Cllr Doug McMurdo, Bedford Borough Council portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture, said:

“This is set to be a busy, fun- filled day across local museums and libraries. It’s great to have Bedpop Science Labs back at The Higgins Bedford, bringing lots of free activities to celebrate British Science Week and getting young people inspired.”

The Higgins Bedford will host dozens of hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workshops, demonstrations, experiments, challenges and activities.

There will be chemical curiosities, environmental engineering challenges with hybrid air vehicles, stomp rockets, exploding dry ice volcanoes and activities for young geologists.

Other activities include building superstructures, becoming pond detectives to investigate invertebrates, looking at microbes under microscopes and creating paper planes, balloon helicopters and air powered model cars to fly.

Space, flowers and animals

At the John Bunyan Museum and Basement @ Bunyan there will be opportunities to meet amazing animals up close and personal. Such as hedgehogs, lizards and owls. Also, sheep’s wool will be turned into felt to create felt flowers.

For budding botanists, a series of garden tours revealing the hidden secrets of Castle Close and behind the walls of The Panacea Museum will be available throughout the day.

It is a chance to discover how to measure a Beech tree, and to meet Yggdrasil, Bedford’s very own Tree of Knowledge.

Visitors to Bedford Central Library can explore the cosmic wonders of space with the Planetarium, take a tour of the Solar System, celebrate the Moon Landings, and join in space themed arts and crafts.

Check The Higgins Bedford, John Bunyan Museum, Panacea Museum and Bedford Central Library websites and social media pages for more information.