Siemens inspire the next generation

Our headline sponsors Siemens are known for creating world-changing technology.

But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have the time to inspire the next generation of scientists.

As part of this year’s Manchester Science Festival, Siemens CEO Juergen Maier and his team led a science busking event showing young people quick and easy science experiments that they could try at home.

Youngsters were impressed by the amazing unpoppable balloon and shown how to turn an everyday drinking straw into a musical experiment.

Manchester Science Festival, Siemens Science Busking 26.10.16 for The Museum of Science and Industry / SMG. Please credit: Olivia Hemingway

Siemens’ sponsorship of the Manchester Science Festival is part of the Curiosity Project, aimed at bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to life for young people in the UK to address the chronic shortage of engineers in the UK and inspire the next generation.

Manchester Science Festival, Siemens Science Busking 26.10.16 for The Museum of Science and Industry / SMG. Please credit: Olivia Hemingway

And how did the unpoppable balloon work?

Well it’s all to do with surface tension – the tighter the tension, the more likely the balloon is to pop. So if a wooden skewer is poked through at a point where the surface tension is looser it is possible to create a balloon kebab! So it’s not magic – it’s science.

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Manchester Science Festival 2016 is now finished. The programme for the next Manchester Science Festival will be announced in September 2017.