The Scientific Village Fete / 2016-17 / as part of Matheson Marcault

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In The Scientific Village Fete, originally created for New Scientist Live in 2016, we reinvented simple fairground games, theming them around different aspects of science. How long can you keep a marble rolling around a gravitational simulation of the sun? Can you knock even Mercury and Venus off their stands in the Planet Shy, a twist on the traditional Coconut Shy?

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The games were designed to bring visible activity and fun into the ExCeL Centre, which can be quite overwhelming; they were intended both to be fun and challenging in themselves, but also to create hubbub and a sense of visible enjoyment in the surrounding area.

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Other collaborators: Saffron Parker (designed and built Space On Earth); George Buckenham (digital scoring for a fake food game); Hin Seng Lu (physical production for the same game); Mink Ette and Joe Ball (lead facilitators).

The Scientific Village Fete showed at New Scientist Live (London, 2016 and 2017), and a selection of the games showed at the Maker Extravaganza (Singapore, 2017).