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Emphasis on fun

Some Science Festivals can be a bit stiff, not so us we hope. All of these activities are a great deal of fun and we'll sneak some scientific principles into your head and you'll hardly notice.

Johnny White’s Good Vibrations

Johnny White’s Good Vibrations

Johnny White, Deer Shed’s resident mastermind maker, innovator and inventor, first created site art for the Deer Shed Festival back in 2013. He was responsible for the huge whale sat on our lake last year, spouting water from its blowhole when Deer Shedders pressed a lever. For Deer Shed 9, Johnny is inviting you to enter a world of wave manipulation in his latest creation, ‘Good Vibrations’. A multitude of analogue audio wave machines creating those good, good, good, good vibrations awaits!

Dan Fox's Sound Garden

Dan Fox's Sound Garden

We often talk about the anarchy that goes on inside the Deer Shed science tent, but rarely speak of the mystical delights surrounding it. Dan Fox, a musician and imaginative engineer specialising in sonic art installations, has cultivated Baldersby Park’s very own Sound Garden. Step through the vortex to discover crazy instrumentation, interactive sculptures and to marvel at Dan’s visions of wave manipulation.

Forensics

Marine Forensics

Spare a thought for the crew aboard the famous Fluctus-600 Submarine, who embarked twenty years ago on a heroic exploration of the deep, never to resurface! Some say their skeletons still sit motionless at their stations, set to spend eternity at the bottom of the ocean. It's up to you and a team of deep-sea-diving detectives to investigate, document and ultimately solve their mysterious disappearance. One of the most popular workshops in Deer Shed history!

Paul Granjon

Paul Granjon

The science tent would not be the same without Paul Granjon on his mission to explore the co-evolution of humans and machines. We once again welcome back a true rock-star of the maker world and the man that bought you the cybernetic parrot sausage. Just what will he get up to this time?!

Johnny White’s Marble Run

Johnny White’s Marble Run

Experience Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion (v = u + at an’ all that) on our custom course built by Johnny White, Deer Shed Festival artist in residence. Johnny is famed for recycling old materials and making amazing new artistic works from them. Choose your marble colour, have a quick wager on the side with your dodgy Dad, release the colourful critters and watch them jostle for pole position on our course made from sand, old plumbing bits, loo rolls and any other bits and bobs Johnny’s got lying around his shed.

Wavy Geometrics

Wavy Geometrics

Though you won’t catch us practicing our times tables any time soon, the idea that maths isn’t utterly magical is quite laughable to the Deer Shed science team. They’ll be teaching you the art of producing beautifully artistic drawings with the mathematics of geometric roulette curves – or hypotrochoids and epitrochoids if you want to be really clever.

VR

VR

That's virtual reality to you and me. After twenty years of being a thing, VR is now a thing that you and I can actually have a go on! Look like what’s-his-name out of Daft Punk whilst your brain struggles to come to terms with walking through space or jumping off the highest skyscraper imaginable, all without leaving the safe confines of the Deer Shed science tent.

Slime making

Slime making

Slime is not just something that you find at the bottom of your kitchen swing-bin or in the U-bend, you know? There are various types of slime – some are quite disgusting and contain bits of old tea bags and others are not so bad. We’ll be making a less gross type of slime from one of our many special slime recipe books.

Mylar Melodies

Mylar Melodies

Mylar Melodies, Deer Shed’s maestro of modular synthesis, is returning to the science tent for a second year running. He’ll welcome synthesizer-curious folks with his modular monster and some more compact synth racks. Get hands-on and make some musical waves with his expert guidance before his set at the In The Dock stage. No experience required! Read more about Mylar Melodies here in conversation with DSF director Oliver (warning: it might get nerdy).

Modular Synthesis

Modular Synthesis

It’d be rude not to teach Deer Shedders the secrets of modular synthesis what with the music line-up featuring the likes of Goldfrapp, Jane Weaver, Warm Digits and AK/DK. Is Deer Shed now a fully-fledged festival of electro?! Here’s an opportunity to learn a little about how different sorts of waveforms sound and how they can be manipulated in all sorts of different ways. And if you want to sound like Tangerine Dream, you can!

Greenpeace VR

Greenpeace VR

Greenpeace defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, whilst championing responsible solutions for our fragile environment. Their original virtual reality experience transports you to the Arctic to traverse the icy landscape amongst its majestic marine and birdlife. In reality-reality you’d be ill advised to get up close and personal with the polar bears – no matter how darn cute and cuddly they look – but absolutely no kids have been mauled in the making of this marvellous VR expedition.

Angela Saini

Angela Saini

Angela Saini is a British science journalist and broadcaster. She’ll be appearing at Deer Shed 9 to talk about her latest book Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong. We can think of no one better to encourage the thousands of budding scientist kids at the festival to reach for the stars, regardless of what odds are stacked against them.

Science of the Human Voice

AK/DK band appearance

Six years ago, at Deer Shed 3, we witnessed AK/DK for the first time: an exhilarating live music spectacle of dual precision drumming and synths that you only dream you could play with for days. They’re back on their music line up with a sound that marries the psychedelia of bands like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard with the disco-in-space electronics of Orbital or Daft Punk. How do they do it? A huge modular synth rack, of course. Watch them demonstrate their demonic talents on the dorky synth delights we’ll pack the science tent with!

DivKid

DivKid

DivKid – short for Sir. Divward Kiddery – is the grubby, undernourished and overly critical cartoon offspring of producers Ben Wilson and Andrew Illingworth. We couldn’t afford an appearance from Divward, but Ben the modular synthesis wizard has kindly agreed to fill his shoes. Together we’ll present a world premier fusion of Eurorack and yoga... Euroga? Moditation? Whatever you call it, recharge with Ben’s relaxing soundscapes in the background.

Ableton + Push

Ableton + Push

Twenty years ago, some members of the Deer Shed team were making terrible music in a room full of old school analogue gear. Things we bought for £2000 are now worth so little that kids take them to bits in the science tent’s Wrekshop… sulk! Times have changed drastically, so with the help of Ableton you can discover the current state of music-making and levels of technical production we’d have laughed off as futuristic fantasies back in the day.

House Of Objects

House Of Objects

The Reggio Emilia Approach originated in the town of Reggio Emilia in Italy out of a movement towards progressive and cooperative childhood education. It places less emphasis on rote learning and rigid curricula by allowing kids to construct their own learning in an environment designed to inspire creative interests. Fill a room with amazing, interactive bits and bobs and watch them flourish! Newcastle-based company House of Objects have pioneered this approach to learning in the UK, and they’ll be transporting their amazing inventors shed of creative things to Baldersby Park.

Newcastle Uni Street Scientists

Newcastle Uni Street Scientists

The very welcome return of the Newcastle University Street Scientists, a team of enthusiastic students who are specialists in science busking, bringing science to life through a series of short, interactive demonstrations. Prepare to be amazed, baffled, inspired and entertained!

Wrekshop

Dave the Weatherman

Our resident weather man, Dave Whitfield, will be sharing his meteorological musings on the day’s forecast each morning at the festival. You can ask him any weather-related question, like our current favourite, “why is it still snowing in spring?!” And if – god forbid – it rains, we’ll all have someone to blame!

Wrekshop

Wrekshop

Ahhh, the annual trip to see Dave at Thirsk recycling centre! Over the years we have taken apart quite a lot of electrical bits and bobs to see how they work - just for the sheer joy of trashing stuff. It's not something kids are usually allowed to do and consequently this is a very popular activity! Just keep an eye on that brand new HD Blu-ray player once you get home...

Pop Up Science Lab

Pop Up Science Lab

When we say our science team is a little eccentric, you might imagine it’s made up of a few funny looking figures resembling Dr. Emmett Brown. They might have slightly neater haircuts, but on the whole you’d be completely right! For the first time ever our peculiar professors are constructing a pop-up science lab to create a range of concoctions in various test tubes. Deer Shed Festival accepts no liability for any accidental monstrosities created in the laboratory. IT’S ALIIIVE!!

Dan Aldred

Dan Aldred

Dan is a champion of all things silicon, but mostly he is an educator on a mission to convey the power of coding . Not noodling about in M$ Excel, but actually bending machines to do your bidding. If you can code – properly – the digital world will fall at your feet. Dramatic but so, so true!

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

Four years ago we built our PiCube out of the first generation Raspberry Pis - 4 Pis, 4 monitors, 4 keyboards, 4 mices all housed in a 4 sided steel frame and great for playing the Linux port of Quake in multiplayer. Since then we have been through loads of versions of the Pi, all more powerful or more convenient than the last one. Find out the current state of all things Pi in the science tent this year...

Microbit

Microbit

The BBC Microbit is seen as the successor to the famous BBC Micro from the 1980s. We've been waiting a while for it - 34 years in fact. Every Year 7 child across the UK will be given a Microbit eventually except they are not ready yet. But we will have some at Deer Shed so that you can start writing code ASAP. It's the same ethos as a Raspberry Pi but a simpler beast with more flashing lights.

Madlab Soldering

Madlab Soldering

Madlab are an innovative electronics company that manufactures electronic kits that you can put together to make your own useful gadgets. From lie detectors to electronic bagpipes they have something for all budgets and all abilities, from beginners to master solderers.

Yorkshire Dales River Trust

Yorkshire Dales River Trust

The Yorkshire Dales River Trust do essential work to enhance and protect the many rivers in God’s Own Country. With their guidance and insight, cast your net into the dark depths of the Baldersby Park Lake to examine the creatures lurking below. River Monsters – the Deer Shed edition!

Meccano

Meccano

Ahhh, how all the old fellas in our audience appreciate the youngsters getting into Meccano. Quite right, put your phone down. Build something really great and then nick it when no-ones looking. Replenish, replenish. Don't even get us started about space hoppers ;)

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