This is an archived press release
Wednesday 13 November 2013
Budding scientists and established researchers agree Science in the Park events are a great way to discover new things about the Peak District National Park.
Over 400 people attended two Science in the Park events, in Bakewell and Castleton, where local scientists and university researchers showcased experiments and research projects that are helping people understand nature in the national park.
Children from 5 years old upwards had the opportunity to get hands on with scientific equipment at events organised by the Peak District National Park Authority, as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science.
National Park Authority learning and discovery officer Chris Robinson said: "There was a real buzz of excitement about science at both events.
"It was great to see people of all ages using microscopes, specialist cameras and other high-tech equipment. Everyone learned something new about the National Park and had fun."
Professional scientists and researchers from seven universities, several wildlife organisations and a youth group, set up a variety of simple science experiments for members of the public to join in and discuss.
Experiments included observing ant behaviour under a microscope, camera trap filming, dark skies monitoring, gully blocking, hibernating animals, micro-hydro power, parachute seed dispersal, wildlife crime scene investigation, and much more.
People attending the events marked on a map where they had travelled from. Most came from the cities close to the Peak District but there were also visitors from Pakistan, Canada and India.
Information on future events is at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/learning-about