New Scientist Live, described as a festival of ideas and discoveries, will return to London ExCeL in October, including a dedicated schools’ day to help bring the subject to life.

Science experiment

Pupils can expect explosive demonstrations as part of the day.

For the first time in London, the dedicated schools only day will run on Friday 7th October and is predicted to welcome around 6,000 students to the show. 

Schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged students and schools with lower science capital have free access to 3,000 tickets to ensure that science is available to the widest possible audience and to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and leaders.

New Scientist Live offers an opportunity for students to extend their learning beyond the classroom and bring the world of STEM to life.

It aims to encourage children’s creativity and curiosity to ensure pupils have a stimulating and rewarding visit to the show, suitable for Key Stages 2 (upper), 3 & 4.

The show will connect students with leading-edge researchers, and give them the knowledge to engage with the scientific, social and ethical challenges that will shape the world of the future.

Highlights for the London event include Bang! The science of explosions (KS2-4) with the BBC’s Stefan Gates, Why wasps matter (KS4) with Seirian Sumner, professor of behavioural ecology at UCL, and Mastering Memory (KS4) presented by Alina Ivan, presenter for Braintastic! Science. 

This will be the second New Scientist Live show this year, following the Manchester event of the same name, which welcomed more than 2,300 students in March.

Speaking about the show earlier in the year, Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester described it as “a world-class hub of scientific and technological learning, research, innovation and industry.”

He added: “I’m particularly inspired by the number of young people here who are passionate about science and technology, including many primary and secondary schools from across Greater Manchester. It bodes well for the future because we have an important role to play in developing the scientists of the future.”

Tickets for the day at London ExCel cost £12 per students, with one free adult ticket available for every ten paying pupils.

For tickets, the full line-up of activities on the day and more information, go to