British Science Week

British Science Week, run by the British Science Association, is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

The awareness week provides a platform to stimulate and support teachers, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) professionals, science communicators and the general public to produce and participate in STEM events and activities.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make the most of The Makery spaces at Fareham and Fleet Libraries. This week at the Fareham Makery enjoy:


British Science Week – Lego Robotics Space Expedition – Thursday 15th March

Learn how to program your own Lego EV3 Robot & use it to perform tasks that are out of this world; our Space kit! You will use your robot to perform tasks that are typically found in Space, by programming your robot!
4.30pm-6.30pm, £8
Ages 8-13

Parent & Child Space Crumble Session – Saturday 17th March

A fun space themed family session where you design and create a gadget with your child. Get creative by making your gadget out of recycled materials and then learn how to use Crumble electronics to bring your gadget alive.
9.30am-1pm, £14 for one adult and one child
Age range for the children is 8-13

British Science Week – Science Evening at Basingstoke Discovery Centre


And please join us for Basingstoke Discovery Centre‘s special science evening:
Science Evening: various talks and workshops
Wednesday 14 March / 6pm – 8.45pm
Join us to embark on Civilisation’s next achievements and discoveries! An evening of mind-blowing and fun talks and events:

The World’s Largest Telescope

Discover the World’s Largest Telescope Under Construction – Europe’s ELT
A Science Evening talk with Dave Shave-Wall, Basingstoke Astronomical Society. Due in 2024, the Extremely Large Telescope is simply massive! If you want to understand just how big this telescope is, the fantastic science it will deliver and the engineering challenges behind it, then this talk is for you.

This artist’s impression shows the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in its enclosure. The E-ELT will be a 39-metre aperture optical and infrared telescope sited on Cerro Armazones in the Chilean Atacama Desert, 20 kilometres from ESO’s Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal. It will be the world’s largest “eye on the sky”. The design for the E-ELT shown here is preliminary.

Gravitational Waves

A Science Evening talk with Emma Osborne, University of Southampton In this talk, Emma will take you on a journey through the gravitational wave universe. Learn about what gravitational waves are, how they are made, and how scientists detect them. Discover the monster gravitational wave machines that live in space, and how they can be used to solve the mysteries of the universe, as we embark on the era of multi-messenger astronomy.

As well as the fascinating discoveries, son’t forget the cultural fascination that science brings…!

Get Creative with Cosplay

A Science Evening talk with Basingstoke Cosplay Collective Members of the Basingstoke Cosplay Collective explore a range of different techniques and materials to inspire you to make your own costumes in this very visual demonstration!

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who.

A Science Evening talk with writer Simon Guerrier and astronomer Dr Marek Kukula When Doctor Who was first broadcast in 1963 the show was intended to educate as well as entertain. Fifty three years later the programme is more popular than ever and, although teaching science may have slipped from its agenda, a show featuring black holes, time travel and alien worlds still presents a great opportunity to engage audiences with the real science behind the fiction.

With Wednesday 14th March marking both Albert Einstein‘s birthday, and International Pi Day and now the sad death of momentous British physicist Stephen Hawking, this week is the perfect week to embrace the wonders of the Cosmos.

British Science Week – 10-19 March

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March 10th to 19th marks British Science Week 2017

Hampshire Library Service love science and we have pulled together some of our favourite science titles into this book list to celebrate British Science Week.

A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history, wrote the modern classic A Brief History of Time to help non-scientists understand fundamental questions of physics and our existence: where did the universe come from? How and why did it begin? Will it come to an end, and if so, how?

The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins

This is that rare thing – a book that changes science and reaches the public. From the moment of its publication 40 years ago, it has been a sparkling best-seller and a scientific game-changer. The gene-centred view of evolution that Dawkins championed and crystallized is now central both to evolutionary theorizing and to lay commentaries on natural history such as wildlife documentaries.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.

Bad Science and Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre

Bad Science is a book by British physician and academic Ben Goldacre, criticising mainstream media reporting on health and science issues. It contains extended and revised versions of many of his Guardian columns. Bad Pharma is  about the pharmaceutical industry, its relationship with the medical profession, and the extent to which it controls academic research into its own products.

Forces of Nature Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen

Forces of Nature is a 2016 book that accompanies the BBC One TV series of the same name. The book attempts to provide deep answers to simple questions, ranging from the nature of motion to the uniqueness of a snowflake. It uncovers how some of our planet’s beautiful sights and events are forged by just a handful of natural forces.

A Really Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson

Bill’s own fascination with science began with a battered old schoolbook he had when he was about ten or eleven years old in America. It had an illustration that captivated him – a cutaway diagram showing Earth’s interior as it would look if you cut into it with a large knife and carefully removed about a quarter of its bulk. And he very clearly remembers thinking: “How do they know that?”. This book attempts to answer that question and more!

The Epigenetics Revolution Nessa Carey

Nessa Carey presents a compelling story of the most important revolution in modern biology – and what it could mean for humanity. She concludes by investigating the amazing possibilities for the improvement of humankind that epigenetics offers for the surprisingly near future.