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Explorer’s Fair 2018 Highlights!

Last year’s inaugural Explorer’s Fair showed us just how much enthusiasm children have (whether in a school setting or not) for space. We arrived with just a couple of the Astro Cat books and some devices, and were rushed off our feet all day. This year, we arrived with everything little explorers would need to take on the frontiers of the solar system. On Saturday 17th February, we welcomed 50+ future scientists and creators in the Studio Sessions at Explorer’s Fair 2018! Read on to see what we got up to, and find out more about the other amazing STEAM ambassadors we met…

Explorer's Fair 2018

 

Welcome to the Astro Cat Space Programme!

Although younger children enjoyed our dot-to-dot Artie apps, our focus for the event was Professor Astro Cat. We brought along the original solar system app, our newer brain-boosting app, and all of the books available from our sister company, Flying Eye Books. We were lucky enough to be exhibiting alongside four other inspiring science and tech advocates from Kids Invent Stuff to Spaghetti Maths. And as we had 10-12 children per hour-long session, we all had around 15 minutes to impress a small group! On the Minilab table, kids were encouraged to play through as much of the Astro Cat apps as they wanted, with some moving on to reading, and even colouring with our free activity sheets (download your own here).

One of Astro Cat’s number-one fans was first in the door. His mother said, ‘He’s got the app at home but it’s still the thing he’s been looking forward to most!’

Minilab setup at Explorer's Fair

Sowing the seeds for future scientists

The aim of Explorer’s Fair is to bring together families, educators, and STEAM companies from Nottingham and beyond together in a union of science and art. With creative activities, talks, and science demonstrations, the event is always packed with things to do and people to meet. Among the other events that were available this year were a code-a-drone workshop and glitch art workshop. Unfortunately, we were so busy zooming through the planets and marvelling at rockets that we didn’t get a chance to take part – although we did sneak in a beautiful but frustrating game of Beasts of Balance!

“We believe ‘Everyone is an Explorer’, discovering science and technology best through creative learning and play.”

We loved every second of Explorer’s Fair, and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved.

Want to find out more? This video from Near Now captures all of the excitement of the 2017 event (and Astro Cat even gets a look-in here and there!).

 

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