24 October 2015
Anglia Ruskin University

Chain Reaction

Gaetan Lee Science Centre
Dave Ansell Science Centre

Session type: Workshop
Session duration: 60 minutes

About this Workshop

The Cambridge Science Centre will be showcasing a creative engineering and innovative challenge for you!

Chain Reaction allows individual teams to build a machine which starts and ends with the pull of a string. This simple premise means you are free to let your imagination and creativity run wild with the construction and when we connect the chain…the fun begins!

Each team will be given materials and some other fun bits and bobs to tinker with. You can sign up with a team or we can help form teams on the day, let us know when arriving for the workshop.

Places on this workshop are limited so please note that capacity is capped on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the Science Centre

The Cambridge Science Centre is a venue for exhibitions, shows, workshops and talks: a place in which to discover, to create and to learn. It acts as a gateway into some of the amazing scientific research in this great city and from around the world.

They are a registered educational charity providing a permanent interactive public science centre for Cambridge, UK.

About the Speakers

Gaetan Lee

I started out as a genetics researcher but found interacting with the public about science just too appealing. It’s time for a science centre in Cambridge providing year-round memorable experiences, be they exhibits, the visitors’ interaction with staff, or fun events designed for a variety of different audiences. I’ve been involved in almost all things science centre based, from marketing through to operations, exhibitions and events.

I worked at the Science Museum in London for 10 years, first as an Explainer on the Museum’s interactive galleries including Launchpad then as a project manager for its adult oriented event venue, the Dana Centre, as well a number of exhibition and special project programmes. I have also worked at the University of Cambridge as Festival and Outreach Manager.


Dave Ansell

A science centre must encourage the idea that however beautiful the cell, the insect’s wing, the galaxy, or however cunning the device, understanding even a little about ‘the how’ and ‘the what’ makes the beautiful even more awe-inspiring. I have been involved in science outreach for the last twelve years and founded The CHaOS Science Roadshow with a friend in 2002. I have designed, developed and built dozens of hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, and I regularly present to packed audiences at the annual Cambridge Science Festival. I toured with the Institute of Physics “Lab in a Lorry” and am part of The Naked Scientists team as a regular presenter and kitchen science expert. I studied physics at the University of Cambridge.