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Working with schools

A major part of our outreach program involves working with local schools. This mainly takes the form of the Kavli Outreach Officer visiting schools to deliver astronomy teaching sessions (talks and Q+A sessions, designed around the school curriculum). In addition, we also host school visits at the the department, where groups receive a talk followed by a range of activities (including telescope tours, library tours, and demonstrations with our on-site heliostat).
If you would like the Kavli Outreach Officer to visit your school, please use the contact form below.

Project 'Astro East'

From 2019 onwards we are running the flagship project `Astro-East’, designed to extend our existing outreach efforts beyond the Cambridge area. We will be working with schools across Norfolk, Suffolk, and Peterborough to deliver a variety of astronomy teaching sessions, workshops, and science clubs.

Cambridge Science Festival and Open Afternoon



On the last weekend of the Cambridge Science Festival the Kavli and the Institute of Astronomy open their doors to the public at our annual Open Afternoon.

We run between 2-6pm on a Saturday afternoon (23rd March this year). We provide talks, displays, demonstrations, activities, arts workshops with a keen amateur/general public/young family audience in mind. These are staffed by volunteers among the researchers and students at the Kavli and IoA. The brief given to volunteers is to present entertaining and educational activities which highlight the research done at the Kavli and IoA. 

The day is completely free, and these events are well attended with 1200-1500+ people typically coming through the doors.

Cambridge LaunchPad

Starting in 2018, The Kavli (alongside the Institute of Astronomy) has become a partner institution with Cambridge LaunchPad (
Cambridge LaunchPad is a movement led by Cambridge science, technology and engineering companies, investing their talent and resources to inspire young people into STEM careers. It is aimed at providing support, experiences and opportunities in STEM to students in Cambridgeshire schools, aged 8 to 18. The programme was developed to inspire a love and fascination of engineering, science and technology in young people and help to educate them about the exciting opportunities that exist in STEM. Specifically, it was designed to address the significant gender gap which exist in STEM employment. The scheme supports and contributes to the growing demand for engineering, science and technology skills in the Cambridge area.
As a Cambridge LaunchPad partner, we will host groups of students aged for single-day workshops. As these workshops will be more extended than our normal school visits, we have worked with Cambridge LaunchPad to design a suitable curriculum, consisting of taught material and hands-on activities, designed to promote Kavli research themes. 

Contact Kavli Outreach

If you need more information or have any questions, please get in touch with the Kavli Outreach Officer .