What’s on today at the Manchester Science Festival: Sunday, 22 October
Today marks the last day of fossilised fun at Dinosaurs in the Wild: A Closer Look, where ticket holders can explore whether a T-Rex really did have feathers, see if they can honk like a duck-billed hadrosaur and ponder why, until as late as the Victorian times, we got the history of dinosaurs so wrong (EventCity, 9.30am-10am). Don’t worry if you couldn’t get your hands on a ticket, there’s still plenty to get your teeth into at Dinosaurs in the Wild, a thrilling blend of theatre, theme park fun and the latest palaeontological knowledge where you’ll encounter living dinosaurs as they’ve never been seen before (Event City, 9.30am-5pm).
Don’t miss your chance to go batty with our furry, flappy, fangy friends from Chester Zoo, as they swoop down on Rochdale’s Pioneer Museum. Bat Safari will give you all sorts of useful tips and tricks on how to spot bats and where to find them, so by the end of the event you’ll be a bonafide bat sleuth, promise (5pm-7pm). If creepy crawlies are more your thing, why not join us at Build a Bug a Home to make your very own cosy cubbyhole and special bug houses. Guided by expert advise from Chester Zoo’s resident bug boffins, you’ll make sure your bugs stay nice and snug using nothing but twigs, leaves, grit, grot and grime (Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre, 2pm-3pm).
Don’t miss your chance to experience the John Rylands Library as you’ve never heard it before; designed by the ‘electrical veins’ of the library, David Berezan and Guillaume Dujat’s multi-channel electromagnetic sound installation is inspired and created by the building itself (Noisy Library, 12pm – 5pm). Or feast your eyes on Reena Saini Kallat’s exhibit at Manchester Museum, exploring ideas of identity, memory, history and the natural world (10am – 5pm). And prepare to be impressed and inspired in equal measure at Women of Science, a remarkable collection of digital photography showcasing the achievements, struggles and discoveries of a diverse range of female scientists (People’s History Museum, 10am-5pm).
There’s so much to see at The University of Salford’s MediaCityUK Campus; step into the blue at AquAIRium, an immersive dry aquarium that brings every sight, sound and scent of the ocean to life (11am-5pm). Drop along to our #CitizenScience Showcase, a showcase of citizen science projects from across the North and beyond (11am-5pm), or experience the incredible audio-visuals of house music live-mixed with 3D visuals at Science in the House (11am-5pm). Alternatively, get real at our Library of Fake News, sorting out the fact from the fiction when seeing is no longer believing: an experience you just can’t trump (11am-5pm). Whilst you’re there, be sure to check out GameLab; from controllable digital fish to the latest in virtual reality, eSport events, retro platforms and interactive VJ events, you’ll see first-hand how cutting-edge research in science, tech and media is changing the world (11am-5pm).
Not hand chance to catch our headline programme yet? Drop in to the Museum of Science and Industry to crawl through the giant spider’s web, Tape, a translucent spidery skin stretched above the ground (10am-5pm), and check out the blockbuster Robots exhibition, exploring our 550-year quest to recreate robots in our own image (all day). You can even get hands-on at the Robots Playground (10am-5pm) and Scribble Bots (2pm-4pm) workshops. Whilst you’re visiting the museum why not drop into LEGO Space Rovers, an exciting workshop where kids can experiment with artificial intelligence, robotics and space exploration. It’s one small step for future engineers, and one giant leap for LEGO-kind (11.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 2.30pm). And don’t forget to catch Pi: The Bare Bones, your chance for good old anatomical poke around the wonders of the human skeleton with experts from The British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (10:30am – 4:00pm).
If you’re more of a gamer, why not check out All the Delicate Duplicates, a transmedia gameworld blurring fantasy and scientific realism, named Best Experimental Game at the inaugural Game Design Awards in Dundee. Mixing English and computer code to create a language where meanings are nested inside each other, players need to read, re-read, then re-re-read again in order to piece together the truth discovered in the game (Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3pm-5pm).
Festival favourites, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, provide evening entertainment with their showstopping You Can’t Polish A Nerd, a new show that puts the ‘ooh’ into zoology, the ‘fun’ into fundamental theorem and the ‘recursion’ into recursion. This combination of science songs and spreadsheets is guaranteed to tickle your ribs and light your Bunsen burner. Full-frontal nerdity guaranteed (The Lowry, 8.30pm-10.30pm).