24 October, 11:00 am

6 hrPWYD

Hands-on, Interactive | Careers, Science, Space, Technology, Engineering


The Barn, Nightingale Avenue, Oxford OX4 7BU

BLAST! is the Blackbird Leys Astronomy, Space and Technology zone, where you can build a rocket, imagine yourself in space and have a go at computer coding.

Please help us keep track of venue capacity by booking your approximate arrival time. You can arrive at any time during your half-hour arrival slot, then stay for as long as you like. Last entry 4.30pm, event closes at 5pm.

Activities include:

Space engineering
Build your own rocket with high-speed spacecraft designers in Oxfordshire. Join the race to explore forces, flight trajectories and Newton’s Third Law, making space craft go REALLY FAST – 17,000 mph.
Reaction Engines

Engineering your future
Do you enjoy playing computer games, solving puzzles and building or fixing things? If so, maybe a future in engineering is for you! Have a go at some tech challenges and ask about engineering apprenticeships.
The Engineering Trust

Exploring Other Planets
Visiting alien worlds and photographing deep space is all in a day’s work for teams at STFC. Meet these 21st century explorers designing and building space technology. Hold a meteorite, code a robot and touch the moon today!
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Computing and craft
Try computer coding and make an LED decoration for the Oxford Christmas Light Festival. Then join in the free Glow Your Own weekly coding workshops, on-demand and on Wednesdays at 5pm.
Science Oxford

Prehension Blooms
Discover the technology embedded in Neon Dance’s new performance work Prehension Blooms. Play with ‘string-puppet robots’, manipulate and animate robot characters and learn about how they have been created.
Neon Dance

IF Oxford uses Pay What You Decide (PWYD) ticketing so you can choose to pay whatever you want, or can afford. You can make your donation during booking or after the event and the amount you pay is up to you. A suggested donation of £5 per person for each event enjoyed will help secure the future of the Festival. IF Oxford is run by The Oxfordshire Science Festival (charity #1151361) and your donation may be eligible for Gift Aid, where a charity can claim back an extra 25% of your donation at no cost to you.

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The Barn, Nightingale Avenue, Oxford OX4 7BU, UK OX4 7BU