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Science Chefs

22 Jan 2022 - 13 Mar 2022

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Thrusters on – Winchester Science Centre are taking you back to 2002! But don’t worry if time travel leaves you feeling a bit peckish, they are cooking up a scientific storm.

In 2022 Winchester Science Centre are celebrating 20 years of wow moments at the Science Centre. Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy some of their best show themes and demos from the past 20 years – all with a retro 2002 twist. First up, it’s the explosive chemical reactions.

Back in the noughties food exploded in the UK. It didn’t literally explode, which is how Winchester Science Centre would have done it, it became a fun hobby for people. There were lots more ingredients. Cookery shows were all over TV – anyone remember Jamie Oliver’s debut as The Naked Chef – and people were becoming more adventurous in what they were eating.

But did you know that cooking and chemistry have lots in common? In fact, chemical reactions are key to making something super tasty. After all, flour on its own isn’t great but when it reacts with sugar, eggs and butter you get a cake. Yum!

Let’s find out more together. Join the audience of Winchester Science Centre’s very own noughties cooking show, Science Chefs, get cooking with curiosity. Find out what makes a chemical reaction. Explore the chemistry of snacks and how different foods supply your body with different amounts of energy. And discover how much chemical energy changes depending on the food.

And of course, their marvellous menu of science bites wouldn’t be complete without some epic demos. There’ll be new fire-filled demos. And, because this is a return to the best demos from the past 20 years, the team will be bringing back some old favourites. Get set to be wowed again by one of their most spectacular chemical reaction demos, the explosive sugar flame-thrower.

Why not join the team on social media? They will be sharing lots more fun food facts from 2002. Does anyone remember the Cadbury Snowflake or the Heinz Baked Beans pizza? You can find out more about the chemical reactions that make food taste amazing. And there’s lots of other fun STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) news from around the world.

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Included with admission

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22nd January to 13th March 2022Weekends and school holidays






3:30pm (not-so-noisy)

Duration: 20 minutes

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The Science Theatre is accessible so everyone can enjoy all the fun. Sometimes there will be loud noises, but we’ll tell you about them before the show starts. If you want to wear ear defenders, you can borrow them from us before the show starts. If you feel nervous in a show, you can stay near the back and leave quickly if you need to.

Sensitive to loud noises? There’s a not-so-noisy show just for you at 3.30pm.