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Operation Earth

The Biggest Questions Facing our Planet

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Jack Rayner

We all know that the Earth is facing tough challenges, and that it will be up to future generations to take them on. From August through to the end of October, Oxford University Museum of Natural History has set to inspire families and children in the science of the environment with a new, free family science show all about Earthy and the Doctor.

In Operation Earth, Earthy is feeling a little under the weather, and has decided to visit the Doctor for a check-up. The show’s audience will become trainee environmental scientists, helping to investigate the planet’s land, air, and oceans to help Earthy feel better.

The show is scheduled on dates throughout September and October. The Museum aims to reach 10,000 people with the science shows and additional ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions, where visitors can get hands-on with science and ask scientists their burning questions.

The Project

The Operation Earth project is part of a two-year national programme to inspire families with children aged 6-11 with world-leading environmental research. Hands-on events and activities with families will highlight the relevance of contemporary environmental science issues to their daily lives and to society's future.

The museum’s Operation Earth shows will be performed by scientists, many from the University of Oxford, and members of the audience will get the opportunity to take part in the show and find out more about sciences of the environment.

Learn More

Full details of the Operation Earth shows and ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions are available on the Museum of Natural History website: www.oumnh.ox.ac.uk. The theme will also run through the museum’s family programming this year, a highlight being the Super Science Saturday: People & Planet family science fair on Saturday 10 March.

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Operation Earth Child examining bugs

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