A VIRTUAL science festival running all day today will allow families to explore the universe from their living rooms.

The Explorazone Digital event, running from 8am to 9am, will include try-at-home experiments, talks and displays.

The event is part of the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival running throughout October.

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By going through the festival website, families can wander around a virtual arena and pop into shows as they fancy.

From 10am to 10.45am, children and adults will be invited to 'shake up their bonds and dance like water' in the virtual auditorium.

Oxford Mail:

In the afternoon there are presentations on 'living with volcanoes', what's inside the human body and a very timely talk called Inside the Covid Brain.

Festival spokeswoman Esther Lafferty said: "All day today, IF Oxford invites children and adults to visit their flagship family event, Explorazone Digital.

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"Open from 8am to 9pm, come and enjoy dozens of free hands-on video demonstrations and activity ideas, games, quizzes and chat live with the people developing innovative research.

"In this new trail-blazing digital Explorazone, with tea and a biscuit on hand, adults and families can meet with scientists and research organisations to seek out the smallest particles in the universe and travel to the edge of space, all from the comfort of home.

Oxford Mail:

"Visit the auditorium throughout the day for hourly events and shows in which you can learn to dance like water or contemplate the engineering of your jaw. "

In the 'virtual booths' visitors can learn how vaccines and other drugs are made and tested, or peer inside the body and mind, search for microplastics in the environment, avert a catastrophic flood or fly over a volcano’s crater.

As people browse the various activity booths they can also fill up their ‘virtual swag bag’ with goodies and try-at-home experiments.

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Ms Lafferty added: "If you’re curious about the chemistry of cakes, among the stands you’ll find scientists from Somerville College, Oxford, cooking up kitchen experiments and exploring the perfect patisseries.

"From pioneers of protein crystallography to innovators putting cleaner protein and seaweed superfoods on your plate, research is making progress towards tasty and nutritious environmental sustainability."

The IF Oxford science festival will continue this week, with a virtual tour of Ruskin College's walled garden and ancient orchard from 6pm on Wednesday.

The Oxford Artisan Distillery is also getting in on the act, hosting a digital evening exploring the botanical world of gin and spirits.

Oxford Mail:

To join in all of the events and to get more information, go to the website: if-oxford.com