What’s on today at the Manchester Science Festival: Wednesday, 25 October
Kick today off with happiness and laughter at Morning Glorville’s sober rave, including a banging dancefloor, laughter yoga and a deliciously healthy breakfast (The Wonder Inn, 6.30am-10.30am). Prove that the trick to happiness is all in your head (and, yes, you did read the time right).
There’s also lots to get involved in at the Museum of Science and Industry today! Interactive theatre company Produced Moon invite you on two very exciting audio adventures; join remarkable inventor, Ada Lovelace, to explore computers, ciphers and the beauty of technology (The Lost Program, 11am-4pm), and Hedy Lamarr, the women who invented frequency hopping, a WW2 anti-torpedo technology that went on to give the world everything from Wi-Fi to Bluetooth (Reporting for Duty, 11am-4pm).
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). Or, if you’re looking for something a little closer to home, check out Pi: Made in Manchester, presenting the cutting-edge innovation happening right here in the city by local inventors (10.30am-4pm). Whilst you’re visiting, make sure not to miss 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).
And don’t forget to check out our headline programme. Crawl through the giant spider’s web, Tape, a translucent spidery skin stretched above the ground (1oam – 5pm), and check out the blockbuster Robots exhibition, exploring our 500-year quest to recreate robots in our own image (all day). You can even get hands-on at the Scribble Bots (2pm-4pm) workshops, or join us for the adults-only evening session for TED-style talks, a comedy show and the latest robotics research, proving you’re never too old to play with robots (Robots Late,7pm-10pm).
The Science Festival has completely taken over 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 (12pm-5pm).
If you’re looking for some more hands-on fun, head over to Central Library to make your very own LEGO robots in a workshop that’ll get you elbow deep in the colourful bricks (11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm). Or check out Science @ Central, where you can dig around in the archives, meet a real-life conservator and get hands-on with the collections (11am-4pm). Whilst you’re there, feast your eyes on our exhibition stunning visuals, Physics Pics, capturing the very best of the stimulating world of physics (9am – 8pm).
There’s still time to catch the inspirational and impressive, 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). Sound exciting? Then why not head over to People Like Me, a workshop providing the the perfect opportunity for budding women scientists to meet inspiring STEM Ambassador role models, working thrilling jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering or maths. Siblings, dads and grandparents also welcome (One Manchester East Hub, 11am-12pm, 2pm-3pm).
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 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).
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 can find out all about how films first appeared in colour and how 3D films are made (The Printworks, 12pm-4pm).
There’s plenty to get stuck into a Manchester Museum too! Get your toes tapping at A Masterclass in Movement, exploring how science helps us understand what happens in the brain and body when we dance, and how dance can help us to move better, feel better and interact with others (11.30am-12.15pm; 1pm-1.45pm). Whilst you’re there, be sure to catch Musical Cosmos, an open studio/laboratory where you witness sound artist Gary Fisher weaving a brand new musical composition from the raw sounds of cosmic science (10am-5pm), and Reena Saini Kallat’s exhibit exploring ideas of identity, memory, history and the natural world (10am-5pm).
Finally, are you looking for some sci-fi fun to fill your evening? Head down to Gorilla for a very special 30th Anniversary screening of RoboCop, followed by discussion with an exciting line up of panellists, talking technological law enforcement, biomechanics and the continued prescience of the film 30 years on (7pm-11pm).