7 June 2021

The town of Abingdon holds an annual ATOM Festival of Science and Technology. The year’s festival returns with a fun, family friendly and COVID-safe outdoor event for the weekend of 11-13 June in and around Abingdon town centre. The #ATOM2021 Sci Cache Challenge is a network of signs around the town with QR codes linked to activities contributed by a wide range of science, technology and environmental organisations. Anyone getting a minimum number of points for completing the activities will be entered into a draw for a fantastic range of prizes, including a LEGO model of the International Space Station, book and coffee vouchers, free tickets for the Abbey Cinema and free tickets for speaker events at ATOM in 2022.

The organisers of the #ATOM2021 Sci Cache Challenge hope that as many people as possible will enjoy this free event which will run from midday on Friday 11 June until the end of Sunday 13 June. Details will be posted on the ATOM Festival website, including instructions on how to take part and a map of the QR sign locations.

There will also be an ATOM Festival information stall in the town square from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 12 June and paper copies of the Sci Cache Challenge map will be available in the Abingdon County Hall Museum, Mostly Books, The Abbey Cinema Box Office, The Missing Bean Cafe, the Visitor Information Centre and Abingdon Library from Thursday 10 June.

The Abingdon ATOM Festival of Science and Technology is one of the most vibrant and family friendly amateur science festivals in the country. It currently needs more local people with ideas for returning the Festival to its full, pre-pandemic range of events and activities in 2022. Anyone, with or without a background in science, who is interested in joining or even leading the steering committee to help ensure the future of the Festival in 2022 and beyond, should get in touch via atomsciencefest@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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