Science Platform


Thu 24 Oct 2013 to Sun 3 Nov 2013
11am - 4pm



Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP


Free. Drop-in anytime.

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Event category

Family fun

Drop by our Science Platform and immerse yourself in the latest cutting-edge research. Every day groups of scientists and engineers will deliver amazing demonstrations, hands-on activities and informal chats.

Understanding the Higgs Boson 
Thursday 24 October & Thursday 31 October 

What do magnets, trains and Mexican hats have in common? They can all help teach you about the Higgs Boson!

Come to this interactive, drop in session to learn more about particle accelerators, the ATLAS detector and the elusive Higgs Boson particle.

Heritage Smells! 
Friday 25 October

Can we uncover an object’s past by understanding its smell? What is it made from? How has it been looked after?

Scientists from the University of Strathclyde will be exploring our sense of smell, finding out why objects smell and explaining what they have discovered so far.

This drop-in session offers a glimpse at the ideas and concepts behind chemistry experiments which explain the science of smell. Guess the well-known smells in the ‘smelly pot quiz’, construct and deconstruct polymer jigsaws and find out how to uncover the molecules that go together to make up a smell.

Super Computing and You 
Saturday 26 October and Sunday 27 October 

What is a supercomputer? How do they work? Why are they important?

Design a virtual dinosaur and watch it race, and try your hand at sorting information to find out how supercomputers use multiple processors working in parallel to solve problems quickly.

The Exploded Skeletons
Monday 28 October 

Find out about skeletal anatomy with some ‘exploded’ skeletons.

Discover the differences and similarities between a human skeleton and a sheep skeleton as you put them back together, guess which skulls belong to which animals and learn how archaeologists find out about people and animals through stable isotope analysis with a ‘tooth tribe’ geological map.

Please note the human skeleton is a resin cast.

Design and Moulding of Plastics 
Tuesday 29 October and Wednesday 30 October

Manchester Polymer Group, a local society of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, will be demonstrating the techniques behind the design and shaping of plastics.

They will also be showcasing items made by 3D printers (courtesy of C.R. Clarke) and demonstrating techniques for mould design and plastics flow determination.

Raspberry Pi 
Friday 1 November

Drop by our Science Platform and immerse yourself in the latest cutting-edge research.

Robotic Workshop 
Saturday 2 November

Try your hand at programming Lego NXT Robots at our robot petting zoo. Control light sensors, ultrasonic sensors, sound sensors, motors and outputs and program the animal robots to complete a challenge.

Is Your Health in Your Hands?
Sunday 3 November

Have you ever wondered why people act the way they do? Come to this drop in session to find out about the work of health psychologists and how psychological theory feeds into behaviour change. Take part in activities and learn some practical tips on how to change your behaviour and think about factors that might be stopping you from acting healthily.

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