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What’s on today at the Manchester Science Festival: Tuesday, 24 October

Calling all master builders and LEGO lovers, today marks the very first day our LEGO Robotics invasion! Head over to Withington Library to make your very own LEGO robots in a workshop that’ll get you elbow deep in the colourful bricks (10.30am-12.30pm).  There’s even more LEGO fun to be had at The Museum of Science and Industry; join us for LEGO Space Rovers to experiment with artificial intelligence, robotics and space exploration (11.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-2.30pm). Whilst you’re visiting the museum, watch out for Pi: Killer Fungus, investigating all things fungal with interactive arts and crafts (10am-4pm), and Human Vs. Machine, a light-hearted show packed  with fiendishly difficult tests and experiments exploring the science and future of of automation (20min show, running every hour from 11am-3pm).

Today marks the last day of HackManchester Junior, transforming the Museum of Science and Industry into a tech playground, as the future champions of code channel their creative energy into a hackathon like no other (9am-5pm). But there’s still plenty of time to catch our headline programme: 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 Scribble Bots (2pm-4pm) workshops.

If you’d prefer to get your teeth into into something a little more prehistoric, be sure to check out 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). For something more celestial, go on an out of this world adventure at Quarry Bank, getting up close and personal with  meteors, meteorites and all other falling rocks at our interactive inflatable Cosmodome (11am – 4pm, repeated every 30 minutes). If you’re hungry for even more space exploration, make sure to catch To Space and Beyond, an interactive science show investigating the history of space exploration and the future of space travel (Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, 11am-11.45am; 12pm-12.45pm; 2.30pm-3.15pm).

Or are you looking for some intellectual stimulation? 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). Or be ready to 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 (The University of Salford, mediaCityUk Campus, 11am-5pm).

Feeling crafty today? Then make sure to head down to The Science Studio, where you can get stuck in with workshops exploring just how much science underpins everything in the art world (Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 2pm-5pm), or check out The Scienceworks, where you’ll craft your very own origami flower (The Printworks, 12pm-4pm). You can also fulfil your art-fix at Manchester Museum, where Reena Saini Kallat’s exhibit explores ideas of identity, memory, history and the natural world (10am-5pm).

There’s still lots to keep you busy at Manchester Libraries! Experience the John Rylands Library as you’ve never heard it before at Noisy Library, a multi-channel electromagnetic sound installation inspired and created by the building itself (10am -5pm). Or feast your eyes at Central Library on our exhibition stunning visuals, Physics Pics, capturing the very best of the stimulating world of physics (9am – 8pm). 

Hungry for some exciting and engaging evening entertainment? Look no further than 600 People, somewhere between stand-up and astrophysics, this show explores evolution, intelligence, extraterrestrials, humanity, communication, space travel and the stories we tell to understand our place in the cosmos (53Two, 8pm-9.05pm). Alternatively, if you’re after something more musical, than you’ll love the sound of The Music of Proof: The Second Movement (Museum of Science andIndustry, 7.30pm-9pm). This event provides everything from a performance by a specially assembled string quartet, to a debate about whether you really can hear maths in music, using real audience data.