VIDEO: ScienceFest launched with Fountains of Fizz

NEWCASTLE ScienceFest got off to an explosive start today as US duo EepyBird(Fitz Grobe and Stephen Voltz) presented their renowned Diet Coke & Mentos geyser performance at the Centre for Life, making fountains of fizz erupt over 25 feet into the air in front of an excited audience of local school children.

Using over 600 Mentos mints and over 100 two-litre bottles of Diet Coke, the performance is a spectacular live version of EepyBird's famous "Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments," one of the Internet's best-known viral videos of all time.

Newcastle ScienceFest explodes onto the North East's cultural calendar this year with a 10-day bumper programme of events to celebrate creativity and innovation.

From 6 – 15 March, two big weekends of non-stop activities will entertain the whole family with mind-boggling experiments, hands-on workshops and multi-sensory shows.

EepyBird will present their show as part of the Food For Thought event taking place at the Centre for Life on 7 and 8 March in the afternoon.

Catering for curious minds of all ages, the festival will also include special events for adults with stimulating lectures, science fiction, a scientific pub crawl and even a specially-brewed festival beer to celebrate Darwin's 200th birthday!

Other highlights include brain modeling workshops, robots fighting it out to win the 2009 Fighting Robots UK Featherweight Championship, exploding custard, noisy toys, ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, a special inventors' trail around Newcastle and a lesson in how to make elephants' toothpaste.

The finale of Newcastle ScienceFest will be the UK's first ever Maker Faire which will see renowned DIY and technology enthusiasts from across the country showcasing their weird and wonderful inventions in a two-day interactive family event.

Very popular in both the US and Japan, Maker Faire Newcastle is for people who like to tinker and love to make things. Maker Faire Newcastle also forms part of NewcastleGateshead's world-class programme of festivals and events in 2009, managed by culture10.

Linda Conlon, Chair of the Newcastle ScienceFest steering group says, "We are really excited about this year's festival which offers something for everyone, whether you're a science buff or just want to take part in a range of very different and fun but informative activities."

Newcastle ScienceFest will take place at venues across NewcastleGateshead, with the principal aim of increasing the North East's enthusiasm for science and encouraging young people to consider a career in this area.

The festival is delivered in partnership with the Centre for Life, Tyne and Wear Museums, Newcastle Science City, Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council and culture10 as part of NewcastleGateshead's world-class programme of festivals and events.

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