It’s Father’s month at the CTSC… We are celebrating the Father’s of Science as well as your Father’s… The Father’s of science have invented some amazing inventions, join us as we celebrate them.

We are celebrating dad’s on Sunday, 19 June 2016. Dad’s can visit the CTSC for FREE on Father’s Day when accompanied by at least one paying child. This has been our long-time tradition and we look forward to welcoming all Dad’s on Sunday!


Ibn al-haythamSaturday 4 & 11 June at 12:00 & 14:00
Professor Mike Bruton, in the guise of the 10th century Islamic scientist and philosopher, Ibn al-Haytham, will describe his pioneering research on the properties of light and the invention of the camera obscura in Cairo, Egypt, over 1,000 years ago. He will also reveal that Muslim scientists developed the ‘scientific method’ that is used today half a millennium before it was developed and practised by scientists in the West. He will then conduct a guided tour of the Camera Obscura. These will replace the normal Camera Obscura tours. Be sure not to miss out!


Science Show ● Daily @ 13:00
Some call it magic, we call it science. Our daily Science Shows will excite while nurturing awareness that science is a part of our daily lives.

Camera Obscura ● Daily @ 12:00 & 14:00 (weather dependant)
Have you ever taken a tour of the city while standing on one spot? Join us on one of our Camera Obscura tours for a 360° view of the surrounding area. Listen out for announcements to join the tour.


Saturday, 4 June
11:00  Simple microscope – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, born in 1632 was best known for his improvements and development of the Microscope. Join us to learn more about his inventions and build a simple microscope.

15:00 The natural selection of a moth – Natural selection is the differential survival and reproduction of individuals due to differences in phenotype. It is a key mechanism of evolution, the change in heritable traits of a population over time. Charles Darwin, born in 1809 is best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. See how natural selection occurs and what the result is.

Sunday, 5 June
11:00 DNA extraction – Gregor Mendel, born in 1822 gained his fame as the founder of modern science of genetics and in 1944  Avery, Macleod & McCarty took it one step further and said that DNA is the substance that causes bacterial transformation which uncovered more about DNA. Join in an do a DNA extraction and see how DNA is made up.

15:00 Lucky’s Lab – take a closer look – Alexander Fleming, born in 1881 is best known for his discovery of the antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G). Take a closer look at bacteria and how penicillin works.

Saturday, 11 June
11:00 Morse code – telecommunication – Samuel Morse, born in is best known for the development of Morse Code, it is an alphabet or code in which letters are represented by combinations of long and short light or sound signals. Create your own Morse Code and discover how it works.

15:00 Telecommunication – The father of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, born in 1847.  Make a simple telephone and see how he came to the conclusion of his invention.

Sunday, 12 June
11:00 Future Talk – Robotic limbs –  Joseph Frederick Engelberger, the father of industrial robotics invented the first robotic arm in 1960. Build a simple robotic hand and understand the inner workings of your hand.

15:00 SKA – Take a closer look – Heinrich Hertz conclusively proved the existence of electromagnetic waves theorized by James Clerk Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory of light. The unit of frequency – cycle per second – was named the “hertz” in his honour. Take a closer look at what he discovered and how they use this in the SKA project.


Thursday, 16 June
Father science 300x20011:00 Motion in the ocean – Seleucus of Seleucia discovered that tides were being caused by the moon. Discover how the moon affects the tides and build a mini ocean to see how tides work.

15:00 Density tower – Theodoric of Freiberg, born in 1250 uncovered the explanation behind a rainbow and how light and optics are used. Build a density tower using different liquids and light.

Friday, 17 June
11:00 Magnetism – William Gilbert, is regarded as the father of electrical engineering and magnetism.

15:00 Static electricity – Benjamin Franklin is known for his invention of the lightening rod. Join us for some fun with static electricity.

Saturday, 18 June
11:00 Electricity circuits – Watch the light bulb go on when you complete the circuit. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879.

15:00 Sound waves – The Doppler Effect was proposed and discovered by Christian Doppler in 1842. Play with sound waves and see how they work.

Sunday, 19 June
11:00 Paper plane – The Wright brothers. Orville & Wilbur were aviation pioneers and credited with successfully flying the first plane in 1903. Build and fly a paper plane.

15:00 Bottle Rockets – George Stephenson, born in 1781, is best known for building the first public inter-city railway line in the world to use steam locomotives. Build a rocket and see how this works.