Visit Daresbury Laboratory

There are lots of opportunities to come and visit us at the Daresbury Laboratory (DL) – whether it's for one of our fascinating lectures (Talking Science series of free lectures), public access day, workshops or for a stargazing event.

Interested in Talking Science?

Talking Science at Daresbury

Next Public Access Day

Wednesday 24 October 2018, 9:45am — 12:45pm

‘Supercomputing, Science and You!’
24 October - Family Access Day

You are invited to explore and get involved at
Daresbury Laboratory!

“Ever wanted to control a robot? Or design your own computer game?!”

“Ever wondered how supercomputers can be used to predict the weather or even design shampoo?”

“Would you like to try exciting hands on science activities and demos?”

Book here for the 24 October

Any questions? Please contact the Daresbury Laboratory Public Engagement Team.
Or alternatively leave us a message on our 24 hour answerphone 01925 603040

Discover what it is that we do here at Sci-Tech Daresbury as you engage with staff in this computing focussed science fair. Amongst other things we'll show you how we are gaining a better understanding of forecasting the weather, helping children at Alder Hey Childrens Hospital, modelling chemistry, and designing new shampoos; we'll even show you how a supercomputer works! We have a variety of exciting and interactive simulations and activities throughout this space.

We are opening up four of the spaces within our Visualisation Suite for families to roam around and explore visualisation and coding. Each space will be hosting a variety of computing activities that will enable children and their families to explore, get creative and get interactive with computer visualisations.

Alongside learning about our awe-inspiring computer science, families will have the opportunity to discover what happens on the ‘other side’ of our campus. STFC scientists and engineers will be showcasing some of our most exciting science; families will get to see their ‘invisible self’ with in infra-red camera, engineer in virtual reality, and do some ‘dark matter’ craft! This family science fair will have demonstrations and interactive activities for all ages, and will explore a variety of our science; from space rocks to 3D printing!

You will have the option to choose one of 4 different 45 MINUTE workshops or experiences:

Option 1 – The Visualisation Experience!
Located at the heart of Hartree’s brand new Visualisation Suite, our staff will demonstrate to families how we use our amazing visualisation facilities to better understand the world around us and make sense of Big Data. Families will see our science come to life in front of them! Most suitable for ages 12 and up.

Option 2 – The Virtual Engineering Experience!
Set within the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) within the Hartree Centre, staff from the University of Liverpool will demonstrate to families how we use visualisation and virtual reality in the Engineering World in this interactive experience. Most suitable for ages 8 and up.

Option 3 - The Code a Robot Workshop!
Children will get the chance to code and control a Coder MIP robot, and use it to play fun games! Coder MiP communicates through motion, sounds, and LED lights in his eyes and chest. Using sensors families will help him to navigate his surroundings – he will even respond to hand gestures! Most suitable for ages 8 and up.

Option 4 – Create your own game; Code with Scratch!
Our staff will be offering their expertise to support children and their families to create their own Scratch based Computer code to modify a game that has been produced by our staff. Most suitable for ages 8 and up.

Book here for the 24 October

Please bring a copy of your eventbrite ticket with you (either on your Smart Phone or on paper) to present to our Security Team upon arrival at the barrier. Unfortunately due to limitations on space our Security Team will be instructed to turn people away who cannot present a valid ticket.

From the Daresbury Expressway turn onto Innovation Way.
At the first mini roundabout turn right down Keckwick Lane.
At the bottom of Keckwick Lane (before the bridge) take the first left into "Daresbury Laboratory".
Pause at the barrier on the left hand side and show your ticket to a member of security who will then direct you into the Main Car Park.

Head to the start location that is stated on your ticket by foot, if you are unfamiliar with the site then please ask a member of our Welcoming Team or call in to Reception at the front of the building and you will be directed to your start location. Blue badge holders should email Public Engagement to request priority parking before hand.

Finally all visitors should be aware that this is a working Laboratory and should not stray into areas that are out of bounds. Visitors should also stick to footpaths and be mindful of vehicular movement around site.


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Last updated: 28 September 2018

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