Review of 2019

It’s almost Christmas, we’re all taking some time off, so it’s time for the Lab Rascals review of the year! It’s been a busy year for the team! Let’s have a look at our highlights!

We’ve been incredibly busy delivering LEGO wind energy workshops this year, sponsored by eoN and Siemens Gamesa. Hundreds of children have taken part in these workshops, which aim to promote the benefits of wind energy and develop the children’s teamwork and engineering skills.

We’ve also launched 3 new planetarium shows this year! Our commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing was shown at Hull Central Library to launch their summer reading challenge, which was space themed. We then did a number of public performances and took it into a number of schools. Introducing children to the Apollo programme has been one of the highlights of our year!

We’ve also launched 2 other planetarium shows, which are available to book from Jan 2020. Mars and Volcanoes of the solar system. A show on Light will also be available shortly!

We’ve taken part in a number of different public events this year. One of our favourites was the Greenpower race in Hull. We were working on behalf of Siemens Gamesa, promoting the benefits of Wind energy by demonstrating the effects of carbon dioxide in our oceans, using dry ice. This was an incredibly popular event!

We also travelled to Llandudno for the 3 day GB rally. We provided science entertainment for school children and the general public. Slime and dry ice experiments were a hit!

In July our Astronomy Manager Carol, was one of 8 social media experts chosen to travel to Chile to observe the total solar eclipse as a guest of the European Southern Observatory. She had a fantastic time and visited some of the most advanced observatories in the world. Her experiences are always passed on to the children in her planetarium shows. The highlight of her trip was visiting the VLT (Very Large Telescope) which is one of the most advanced arrays in the world and gave us the first image of an exoplanet.

Carol also travelled up to ALMA, a radio telescope array at 5000m above sea level in the Atacama desert,which was incredibly challenging.

Parties have been as popular as ever this year and we’re proud to be able to provide such wonderful birthday memories for children.

We’ve already got an action packed January ahead of us, with the planetarium being particularly popular. If you’re interested in booking one of our workshops/planetarium shows/parties then please visit and book online! Any questions, please email

We said goodbye to 2 members of staff this year, Lauren and Amanda and said a big hello to our new member of staff, Sarah!

We’d just like to take this opportunity to wish Lab Rascals Director Katie all the best as she heads off on maternity leave today! We can’t wait for the Lab Rascals baby!

Have a great Christmas everyone and see you in the New Year!

Katie, Carol, Anita and Sarah

The Lab Rascals Team xx

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