Science

Emphasis on fun

“A phantasmagoria of dorky delights” The Guardian

Regardless of your generation, we'll sneak some very old or very new scientific principles into your head without you even realising!

Escape Boxes

Escape Boxes

We love escape rooms and often in order to break out of an escape room you need to break into something first. Break in, break out, it's the same idea. Rather than constructing an escape room with limited capacity over the weekend we have created ten bespoke escape boxes that tie in with our Incognito theme. All you need to do is break into them using perception, logic, intelligence, observation, spatial awareness - you get the idea. Within the outer box, there might be an inner box!

Laser Maze

Laser Maze

We are some way into the contruction of our own laser maze. You know the thing, you contort your body to avoid breaking the laser beans as you try to reach the enormous diamond sat on the red velvet cushion on a plinth at the end of the corridor. We cannot guarantee that the finished maze will look exactly the same as the image above and we don't think you'll need a Daft Punk style crash helmet unless you think it will give your a competitive edge as you try to complete the maze in the quickest time...

Lock Pickin'

Lock Pickin'

Toool is the The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers, a growing group of enthusiasts interested in locks, keys and ways of opening locks without keys. At the very least your youngster might be able to help you borrow a shopping trolley when you have no pound coin. If you want to learn the "secrets of lockpicking", you'll want to come along to one of our workshops in the Science Tent!

Morse Code

Morse Code

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Chip Music - 8 bit lounge

Chip Music - 8 bit lounge

The world in 2020 looks back as much as it looks forward and things that shouldn't be a thing are a thing. We recently took delivery of some gismos that turned our Sega Megadrive in to a synthesizer. This is a thing because most retro consoles contain sound generation chips that are increasingly revered for their crusty lo-fi sound characteristics. Prepare to get all gooey and nostalgic as 8 bit lounge guides you through the new/old world of Chip Music.

Spy Forensics

Spy Forensics

When you think about it the skill set required for being a good spy is pretty similar to being a good forensic investigator. In the latest episode of our long running forensic science experience you will no doubt be asked to employ all of the powers of observation and deduction to find the perpetrator of some monstrous crime set in the dark world of international espionage. Book in early to take part, this is a very popular science tent activity!

Periscope

Periscope Making

When you are all at sea (in a sea of Smarties obviously) you will need to navigate without being spotted. Early prototypes suggests that you will be able to make your own periscope as part of this sneaky workshop. You might find any number of challenges around the site this year where such a device might come in handy, as well as various uses once you return home, for example to examine the plumbing behind especially hard to get behind kitchen sinks.

Minecraft Escape Rooms

Minecraft Escape Rooms

Once you’ve tried our new real-world escape boxes, it’s time to find your way out of a virtual escape room! Minecraft offers endless possibilities to become the architect of your own digital world, limited only by your imagination. Our clever Minecraft mods will transport you to a distant landscape of virtual puzzles to test your perception, problem solving and creativity within the classic game, before we roll them out to all MI6 recruitment tests soon!

Mr Puzzle

Puzzles

This is tribute to the work of YouTuber Mr Puzzle with whom we have become slightly obsessed since we discovered his channel. Mr Puzzle solves physical puzzles from all sorts of makers, and ranks their difficulty. Some of the puzzles he solves are fiendishly difficult - it's hard to know who to admire more, the designer of the puzzle or Mr Puzzle for being able to solve it. Anyhoos we will have a selection of our favourite puzzles for you try and solve.

Code Breaking

Code Breaking

We find this really hard, that's not to say that you will find it hard. However, with a little guidance from our code breaking experts you should be able to spot some common themes perhaps. Here is a good one from G.C.H.Q. who know a thing or two about code breaking and snooping about in general ;) What is the next letter in the sequence: M, V, E, M, J, S, U, ? Answer here.

VR

VR

That's virtual reality to you and me. After twenty years of being a thing, VR is now a thing that you and I can actually have a go on! Look like what’s-his-name out of Daft Punk whilst your brain struggles to come to terms with walking through space or jumping off the highest skyscraper imaginable, all without leaving the safe confines of the Deer Shed science tent.

Retro Gaming

Retro Gaming

An Atari 2600, ZX Spectrum, Nintendo NES, Sega Megadrive, Nintendo N64 and a Sony Playstation I - plus quite a lot of really ropey old tellies. We invite you to play classic games on each of our retro consoles - some of you may experience a warm nostalgia, and others may marvel at how on earth we put up with such rudimental technology!Get-Well Gamers, a charity providing thousands of young people in hospitals across the country with donated games consoles, will run the arcade, lending their expert advice where needed.

Madlab Soldering

Madlab Soldering

Being able to solder is a very useful skill, and it's not hard to learn. To teach you we have the very keen and experienced Madlab. Madlab are an innovative electronics company that manufactures electronic kits that you can put together to make your own useful gadgets. From lie detectors to electronic bagpipes they have something for all budgets and all abilities, from beginners to master solderers.

SuperTuxCart

SuperTuxCart

BUT we come to Deer Shed to get away from computer games! True, you do. However we have two words for you: local multiplayer. In two words, all that is missing from modern gaming, i.e. all players playing at the same time, in the same place. Think of the classic Nintendo, but with our upgraded PiCube we can go one better. SuperTuxCart (a Linux version of that other popular karting game) running on four networked Raspberry Pi 3 B+, each with it's own screen in a custom steel frame, although we do wish we'd made it from aluminium coz it's pretty hefty.

Paul Granjon

Paul Granjon

The science tent would not be the same without Paul Granjon, the man on a mission to explore the co-evolution of humans and machines. We once again welcome back a true rock-star of the maker world and the man that bought you the Cybernetic Parrot Sausage and, more recently, the Electric Wildertree, combining e-waste and the imagination of kids in the Science Tent with a pinch of Paul’s expert technological creativity. Just what will he get up to this time?!

Wrekshop

Wrekshop

Ahhh, the annual trip to see Dave at Thirsk recycling centre! Over the years we have taken apart quite a lot of electrical bits and bobs to see how they work - just for the sheer joy of trashing stuff. It's not something kids are usually allowed to do and, consequently, this is a very popular activity. Just keep an eye on that brand-new Bluetooth smart speaker when you get home!

Liina Turtonen

Ableton with Liina Turtonen

Ableton, with its Push controller, makes the world a better place. Well, it makes my world better anyway. State of the art gadgetry for music production can have a steep learning curve, so we invite Liina to rescue us and help it all make sense. Liina, I think we can now say, is our resident music production workshop expert who specialises in all things Ableton. Check out Liina's Youtube channel if you want to get up to speed before the festival weekend.

Mylar Melodies

Mylar Melodies

Mylar Melodies is returning to the science tent in 2020 for a fourth year running, so it’s fair to say we’re pretty big fans of his. He’ll welcome synthesizer-curious folk with his modular monster and some more compact synth racks. It’s always a joy to see people creating unique sounds that haven’t been heard before, and may never be heard again, under Mylar’s expert guidance. No experience required! Read more about Mylar Melodies here in conversation with DSF director Oliver (warning: it might get nerdy).

DivKid

DivKid

DivKid – short for Sir. Divward Kiddery – is the overly critical cartoon offspring of producers Ben Wilson and Andrew Illingworth. We couldn’t afford an appearance from Divward, but Ben the modular synthesis wizard has kindly agreed to fill his shoes. Ben puts together a mean little groove box of beats, melodies, bass, and some surprises connected to one Eurorack synthesiser, and leaves it to the kids to make some magic. Check out his awesome creation from 2018 here.

DJ Generations

DJ Generations

No doubt getting a room full of people up on their feet dancing is a talent independent of technology. But, over the generations, the tools available to DJs - both superstar and bedroom - have changed beyond all recognition. From vinyl on the 1s and 2s, through CDJs and, bringing us up to date, flicking through your old lorry-load of LPs on flashy touch screens and a memory drive no bigger than your pinky finger! Whatever your generation or experience, we invite you to develop your skills on a range of tech through the ages, with our own superstar DJ duo, Baba&Ganoush.

Eurorack for kids

Eurorack for kids

It’d be rude not to teach Deer Shedders the secrets of modular synthesis what with our music line-ups over the years featuring the likes of Goldfrapp, Look Mum No Computer, Jane Weaver, AK/DK, Warm Digits and the like, all of whom rank high in our favourite live performances at Deer Shed. Granted, that probably isn’t a coincidence. It's fair to say Deer Shed can sometimes resemble a fully-fledged festival of electronica! Here’s an opportunity to learn a little about how different sorts of waveforms sound and how they can be manipulated in all sorts of different ways.

Dan Aldred

Dan Aldred

Dan is a champion of all things silicon, but mostly he is an educator on a mission to convey the power of coding. Not just noodling about in M$ Excel, but actually bending machines to do your bidding. How we wish we had teachers as enthusiastic and knowledgeable about future-tech when we were young’uns. If you can code – properly – the digital world will fall at your feet. Dramatic but so, so true!

Dave Whitfield's Weather

Dave Whitfield's Weather

Our resident weatherman, Dave Whitfield, will be sharing his meteorological musings on the day’s forecast each morning at the festival. Dave won’t just help you to decide between your anorak and your sun hat – you can ask him any weather or climate-related question, and he’ll almost always have the answer! And if – god forbid – it rains, we’ll all have someone to blame!

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