Water droplet creates ripples. To accompany stories about the photography competition Physics Pics.

What’s on today at the Manchester Science Festival: Thursday, 26 October

Fancy seeing some science in action? Then Physics Pics is just what you are looking for. Combining art and science this event showcases the mini exhibition of winning pictures that have truly captured the art of science (Central Library, 9am – 8pm) . If you want to go further than just looking at science why not get up close with dinosaurs during the Dinosaurs in the Wild exhibit. This voyage of discovery will allow you to experience dinosaurs like never before. Audiovisual effects and a dramatic storyline will allow you to feel as though you are roaming the world amongst the dinosaurs (Event City, 9.30 – 5pm).

Get stuck in with quicksand and learn all about magnets in Waters Wacky Lab (Museum of Science and Industry, 10am – 5pm). Ever wondered what a Noisy Library sounds like? Come and listen as the John Rylands library comes to life ensuring that you never judge a book by its cover again (The John Rylands Library, 10am – 5pm).

If you’re looking for inspiration come along to the People’s History Museum to learn all about the Women of Science (People’s History Museum, 10am – 5pm). Learn all about the great achievements that women have made in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Talk to scientists and engineers of the future and find out more about their journey and maybe even inspire your own. Be inspired by the sculpture created by Reena Saini Kallat a piece combining Manchester Museum’s natural Science and Human Cultures collection with her art (Manchester Museum, 10am – 5pm).

Have fun for all the family at the Museum of Science and Industry, experience what its like to be a spider and climb through a giant spiders web in the Tape exhibit (Museum of Science and Industry, 10am – 5pm). Learn all about Robots in the Robots exhibition (Museum of Science and Industry, 10am – 5pm),  don’t miss your last chance to take part in LEGO Robotics (Longsight Library, 2:30 – 4:30). Create your own LEGO robot and then watch it come to life! If you fancy even more Robot fun come and experience Robot World to learn about how artificial intelligence impact your job? Learn about the role of artificial intelligence in the recruitment process and just how close are we to living in a robot world? (The Bright Building, 6pm – 7:30pm)

Can artworks and art practice improve resilience and well being in people whose faces have been affected by facial cancers and surgical reconstruction? Portrait painter Lucy Burscough continues to explore this matter alongside doctors, specialists and former patients in Facing Out: Part Two (The Whitworth, 10am – 4pm). Use this time to take your understanding to a deeper level and ask your own questions.

Learn all about vegan leather in the Hats off to vLeather event. In this one-off event learn how to turn kombucha tea into an organic fabric, and then learn how to fashion this into your very own accessory (HatWorks, Stockport, 10:30 – 1pm)

Are you the strongest science lover in Manchester? Today is your chance to find out in Pi: The Great City Health Check. Hear all about the latest discoveries in some of the most prevalent health conditions and explore CGI veins and arteries whilst learning all about the journey of blood in a pump action game (Museum of Science and Industry, 10:30 – 4pm). If you fancy some more fun and games be sure to try out The Great Energy Escape. Race against time to reduce emissions and keep the lights on. In this game where crystal maze meets breakout you will come across current issues and dilemmas that by using compromise and collaboration you will be able to solve (Manchester Museum, 11am – 4.30).

If you fancy learning all about space then come along to Meteorites and Fireballs (Quarry Bank, Styal, 11am – 4pm) to learn all about the history of sky debris. Or come along to The Scienceworks to learn all about the science of food with ingredients that have been grown on the Printworks’ rooftop garden (The Printworks, 12 – 4pm). Fancy learning about exploding elephant’s toothpaste? Then head to Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show to learn about vortex generation dustbins and exploding Pringles tubes. This 60 minute theatre show will explore science that is anything but ordinary (The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre, 1pm – 2pm, 3pm – 4pm).

Try your hand at water casting in The Science Studio event. Join specialist Gemma Scully and watch her heat different metals until they melt and drop them into different volumes of water, then try it for yourself and see the different results produced every time (Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 2pm – 5pm).

Does being in a choir impact your wellbeing? Find out in Sing ‘til You’re Grinning. Learn all about how high notes can impact your health by chatting to scientists and finding out the results of their experiment (Eccles Gateway, 2:30 – 3:30).

Following last year’s sold out performance comes Experimental Words, if you can’t put into words your love for science then watch leading scientists and word artists do in this science slam show! (The Eagle Inn, 8pm – 10pm)

Other exhibits on today include Moonshadows and Starlight, Into the grey zone, Science goes splat, LEGO Space Rovers, and Humans vs. Machine.