Top academics from the University of Cambridge will be visiting schools throughout Cambridgeshire this week (Monday, March 8 until Friday, March 12) to teach children the fun of science through interactive lectures on meteorites, volcanoes, plants and submarines.

Children at 16 primary schools and 14 secondary schools around the county will hear talks given by leading scientists taking part in the roadshow.

The 16 talks range from 'Can you clone yourself a Britney or a Justin?' by Dr Lynne Harrison of the Institute of Continuing Education, discussing how cloning works; to 'Life Without Water' by Dr Alan Tunnacliffe from the Institute of Biotechnology, which explores how some animals, plants and micro-organisms can dry out and still survive.

Students from Key Stage 1 to Sixth Form can discover the 'Past Lives from Old Bones' by Dr Preston Miracle from the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology. Dr Miracle will teach students how animal bones from archaeological sites give many clues about the animals and the people who kept them.

The Schools Roadshow is being held in the run up to the Cambridge Science Festival, hosted by the University of Cambridge.

The Cambridge Science Festival is a free event for all ages, providing schools, families and children the opportunity to dig in and learn more about science and how it effects the world around us. Held in and around the University of Cambridge from March 12-20 2004, it will feature talks, workshops and demonstrations hosted by people who study or work with science, engineering and technology.

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