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What’s on today at the Manchester Science Festival: Monday, 23 October

Today marks the very first 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-4pm). Whilst you’re there, why not check out 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 Robots Playground (10am-5pm) and Scribble Bots (2pm-4pm) workshops.

And there’s plenty more to get stuck into at the museum; why not come along to one of our Human Vs. Machine shows, packed with fiendishly difficult tests and experiments exploring the science and future of of automation (20min show, running every hour 11am-3pm). Alternatively, experiment with artificial intelligence, robotics and space exploration at LEGO Space Rovers, (11.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-2.30pm), or hunt for meteorites with astro-geologists from The University of Manchester, providing top tips on how to be the ultimate space sleuth (Pi: Meteorite Hunt, 10.30am-4pm).

Today also marks the opening of 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), and The Scienceworks, celebrating the fascinating work of the first English Aeronaut, James Sadler (The Printworks, 12pm-4pm). 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).

Or why not have a day out at one of Manchester’s Libraries? Feast your eyes at Central Library on our exhibition stunning visuals, Physics Pics, capturing the very best of the stimulating world of physics. Whilst you’re visiting the Library, why not go along to Ensonglopedia of Science, a sing-along A-Z of science packed with fascinating facts and rib-tickling refrains (2:30pm – 3:30pm). For a very different musical adventure, 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 (12pm-5pm). There’s lots of fun to have had at Brooklands Library too with Science Goes Splat!, a masterclass in messiness, featuring erupting volcanoes made of exploding plasticine and gooey, oozey, non-Newtonian Oobleck fluids (2.30pm-4.30pm). Or, 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).

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). If it’s artwork you’re after, head down to Reena Saini Kallat’s exhibit at Manchester Museum, exploring ideas of identity, memory, history and the natural world (10am-5pm).

For family fun, take cover from meteors, meteorites and all other falling rocks with interactive activities and experiments at Quarry Bank (Meteorites and Fireballs, 11am-4pm). You can even get up close and personal at our interactive inflatable Cosmodome, let all sorts of celestial phenomena rain down on you like never before (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).

Tonight’s evening entertainment is provided by Kyle D Evans, a self-proclaimed maths muso and guitar-slinging geek ready to take you on a comedic romp through pop music, highlighting the hidden mathematics in all your favourite hits, from Beyonce to Kate Bush (Born to Sum, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, 7.30-8.30pm). Alternatively, if sci-fi and aliens are more your thing, come down to X-Files: The Truth is Out There, a celebration of the spookiest sci-fi show in history, including big-screen showings of classic X-Files episodes and real-life alien hunters. FBI-issue fancy dress (or tin hats) are a must (Gorilla, 7pm-11pm).