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What’s on today at the Manchester Science Festival: Friday, 27 October

Want to know what sound looks like? Take part in today’s Sonic Pixels event to find out. As part of A Grand Exposition, using pixels on a screen you can create sounds to match with brightness, colour and texture! (Talbot Mill, 1:30 – 4:30) If you want to learn more about seeing sound come and take part in Sonic Ensemble. Sonic Ensemble creates sound out of what seems like thin air. Move the microphone around the room to create different sounds (Talbot Mill, 12pm – 5pm).

Take part in the Quacklab and join Dr Quack of Cornbrook Creative in the ‘steampunk movement’. See some of his showcased projects and watch him demonstrate the methods behind his newest schemes, then get hands-on trying tools and techniques to make leather and ‘tinwork’ objects (Talbot Mill, 11am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm).

Walk on the wild side and roam with the dinosaurs in the Dinosaurs in the Wild events where using visual effects and dramatic storyline enable you to feel as though you are surrounded by dinosaurs (Event City, 9:30 – 5pm). Take part in A Closer Look where you can discover if you can honk like a duck billed hadrosaur and discover how we get the history of dinosaurs so wrong (Event City, 9:30 – 1pm).

Come along today to experience Pi: What’s engineering got to do with it? Learn all about making a microscope and what engineering has to do with it. This activity run with the Royal Academy of Engineering will answer these questions and many many more! (Museum of Science and Industry, 10:30 – 4pm).

Think football doesn’t have anything to do with science? Think again! Learn everything from how David Beckham’s hairstyle has influenced his goal score to the formula for scoring a goal from the halfway line. Come along to today’s The Scienceworks event to find out more (The Printworks, 12 – 4pm).

Fancy shooting for the stars? Then join the adventure and listen to the story of Jon Spooner who got from his garden shed to the International Space Station. The How I Hacked my Way into Space event is a great story to act as a reminder that even the smallest person can make a difference and no dream is impossible (The Lowry, 12:30 – 1.10, 4 – 4.40).

Come and take part In Verrfast and turn EEG and ECG data into images. Using several participants this event shows you how to move images using meditational techniques (Talbot Mill, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm).

Watch Human vs. Machine as humans and machines compete in tasks and find out who can do it best! (Museum of Science and Industry, 11am – 3pm)

If you fancy making a mess then Messy Science is just the event you are looking for. Activities include tabletop volcanoes, experiments gone wild, head to head competitions and space rocket mice (Chancellors Building, University of Bolton, 10:30am and 2pm).

Learn all about how nature influences scientific discoveries in Learning from Nature: Bio-inspired Nanomaterials Learn all about the materials that the University of Sheffield have been studying and try out activities based on nanomaterial formation and magnetic nanomaterials (Talbot mill, 1pm – 6pm).

Dawson City: Frozen Time allows you to discover 500 films that were buried under a subarctic swimming pool in Canada’s Yukon Territory. This feature films pieces together history and includes rare footage from this silent era. This is the perfect way to celebrate the North West Film Archive’s 40th anniversary and the perfect way to celebrate the best of restoration and preservation in film (HOME, 5:45 – 8:25).

Come and experience A Grand Expostion: After Dark – Expotronic. This event allows you hear about the impacts of science and technology from local thinkers and experience performances from live audio visualisers, DJs and VJs (Talbot Mill, 7pm – 11pm).

Come along to the After School Science Club: Blocks event to learn how LEGO isn’t just for kids! This event involves live talks, experiments, competitions and freebies all focused around the theme of blocks ranging from mental blocks to building blocks! This afterschool science club offers a bar and no homework! (Museum of Science and Industry, 7pm – 10pm).

Other events on today include Noisy Library, Women of Science, Reena Saini Kallat, Tape, Robots, The Great Energy Escape, Meteorites and Fireballs: Cosmodome, Meteorites and Fireballs, To Space and Beyond, LEGO Space Rovers, The Scienceworks, The Science Studio and Scribble Bots.