A session held in 2020 about the biomechanics of hula hooping. Photo: Cardiff Science Festival

Good news for home-schoolers: Cardiff Science Festival begins on Thursday

Organiser want their virtual events to help parents make lockdown learning more interesting

CARDIFF Science Festival will be returning virtually from February 18 to 21.

More than 60 virtual events for various age groups will be held, on subjects ranging from climate change and space to coding and getting into medicine.

“Our festival last year happened before our first lockdown, so we were able to bring so much joy to the streets of Cardiff through science. We wanted to ensure that we could still bring the same amount of joy, despite the current situation,” said festival director Matthew Allen.

The festival is organised by volunteers but was stopped after 2014 when they were no longer able to offer their time. However, it was restarted in 2019 with a new set of volunteers.

They were determined to continue to hold the festival despite the Covid-19 restrictions.

“We weren’t sure what the festival would look like this year as it approached because of the changing restrictions. But we took the decision to go 100% virtual when beginning to organise events,” said communications manager Alice Gray.

The festival organisers particularly want to help parents and schools to make home learning more entertaining during lockdown.

“Now more than ever, it’s important that people see the value of science and scientists. So, by bringing world-leading scientists to the safety of your own homes, we can help keep Wales entertained during our current lockdown as well as enrich the education of children who are currently learning from home,” said Mr Allen.

The Cardiff Science Festival’s online events can be found through their website at: https://www.cardiffsciencefestival.co.uk/en/events