Cambridge Science Festival: Autism Friendly Hour

Cambridge Science Festival

*This post is based on personal experience from our visit to Cambridge.

This year, the Cambridge Science Festival celebrated their 25th Anniversary. They also hosted a hands-on at the Guildhall: autism-friendly hour!

My son and I have attended the festival before in 2017, so this was our second visit and my partner’s first.

The autism-friendly hour started from 11am until 12pm. On arrival, we were handed a lanyard, which had a map of The Guildhall and the rooms where the activities will take place.

Cambridge science festival lanyard for their autism friendly event
Cambridge Science Festival Lanyard

First stop, we were greeted by the NHS Genomics Medicine Service team, where we explored genes and discovering our past. My son enjoyed matching sequenced patterns to find out a person’s origins.

My son was fascinated by the plasma ball, and as he placed his fingers onto the globe, he felt the heat which was created from the electric current and energy flow.

We casually moved towards the stall for the Institute of Engineering and Technology, where we were shown how to build an LED torch.

make your own LED torch
My son’s LED torch

Afterward, we gazed over at a train circuit, where the train ran on stored energy. My son participated in the activity.

Every time we had completed a stall, we were then given a sticker.

I discovered engineering sticker
I Discovered Engineering Sticker

We headed over to the Metabolic Research Laboratories and MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit stall, where my son took part in the Glucose Challenge. This was a fun way to educate children about diabetes and blood glucose.

All of us had to figure out the items on the table. One object, which we could not guess happened to be a Port Jackson Shark Egg Case! Who would have known?

From comparing skin and plant cells using a microscope. To holding an Ostrich egg and a human skull. (which my son thought was very cool!) There was plenty to do.

We finished off the day by having some lunch followed by admiring the architecture in Cambridge.

Any Science lovers out there? Why not like or share this post? Science is fun and inclusive to all. 😃