Due to the current Government advice we will not be running the festival in 2021 and hope to see you in 2022!  

In the meantime check out our Digital STEM Ambassador programme and sign up now! 


The Noël Turner Science Festival 2020 is back! We are inviting all schools and home educators on the Isle of Wight to come and join us for a 2-day celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), aiming to spark curiosity and raise understanding and awareness of the practical applications of STEM for primary and secondary students.

To attend the event you must register your school’s information via the booking form, linked above.

Key Information



Location: Cowes Enterprise College, Crossfield Ave, Cowes, PO31 8HB


Dates: Thursday 6th February 2020 for secondary school students in Years 7 (age 11/12) and 10 (age 14/15)

            Friday 7th February 2020 for primary school students in Year 5 (age 9/10)


Time: 10:00 – 14:00

Interactive exhibits


Your students will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition halls where they can interact with, and take part in hands-on activities run by local scientists and people from the STEM industry. Whether it was launching rockets or exploring 3D vision, the previous years' events have provided some fantastic opportunities for students to see STEM in action.


There will be a large range of exhibitors from all walks of science and industry with activities suitable for primary and secondary school students, giving everyone the chance to explore. We are involving local businesses and education providers to help young people find out about potential employment in the STEM industries.


Science show


The recent collaboration with Winchester Science Centre brings a new exciting dimension to the festival with a pop-up version of its popular Science Centre experience, complete with live science shows, demonstrations and activities.


The live science show will be approximately 30 minutes long, please indicate your interest via the booking form.


School Science Fair


This year we are excited to introduce a School Science Fair for students in Year 5 and 7. Students are invited to exhibit in the Fair with a STEM project that solves a real life problem, such as those from the United Nation’s Global Goals.


Each school will be given one table at the Fair and pupils will have the opportunity to staff the stand to explain their project. Please indicate your interest in this via the booking form.


Indicating your interest at this stage does not commit you to contributing but will sign you up to a separate mailing list through which logistics and resources will be shared.




We are aware that costs can be a barrier for some schools. We are able to offer subsidised travel for any school with more than 14% free school meals. If your school is eligible for subsidised travel we will arrange all transport for you.


We are working hard to negotiate costs and will be able to confirm price once we know demand. If your school does not meet this criteria but is unable to attend without subsidised travel please provide further information on the booking form.


Please be aware we have a tight budget allocated for transport and we will review all schools once we know demand.

Social Story


Some students prefer to have an understanding of the environment they will be entering. To help with pre-visit preparation we have produced this social story for the festival.




In order to ensure our festival meets the aims (raising aspirations, providing accessible opportunities, raising the standards of science teaching) we will be evaluating the festival.


Without evaluation it makes it harder for us gain funding to run the festival in subsequent years. We would really appreciate your help with this! We are working on an evaluation plan and will be asking for your cooperation with this, this could involve filling out evaluation forms with your students.

Please download the following document for risk assessment advice: