A father and daughter at a Big Fish Little Fish rave

What’s on today? Sunday 28 October

With a joyful extra one hour in bed (possibly), today marks the end of British Summer Time. But, have you ever wondered, why we have to go through the daylight-saving rigmarole year after year? Bearing this question in mind, come to Electricity: The Spark of Life (Science and Industry Museum, 10am – 5pm) and to discover the mysteries of electricity, including its role in human history and in a low-carbon future.

Then come to our Ready Steady Rocket to celebrate the first-time return of Stephenson’s Rocket to Manchester in over 180 years (Science and Industry Museum, 10am – 5pm), and Celestial Bodies: The Universe in Motion, an extraordinary event in which you can dance through propulsion, motion and gravity in universe in a helium balloon suit (Science and Industry Museum, 11am – 5pm).

Of course, as the last day of the two-week Manchester Science Festival, there are special events going on today that you definitely cannot miss! Come to Pi: Human Evolution to learn the evolution of human, getting to know the similarities and differences between our bodies and those of our ancestors, and how the changes of bodies have influenced human physical and intellectual abilities (Science and Industry Museum, 10.30am – 4pm). Then join Big Fish Little Fish Presents Animal Fantastical, a blissful family-friendly party featuring Hacienda legend DJ Chad Jackson and fun and educational games with the author of Dinosaur Atlas (The Birdcage, 2pm – 4.30pm). If you are interested in sound, there’s no better place than Sonic Pixels.

This enchanting world of sound will pull you into the centre of different interesting sound around us, from the chirping of the dawn chorus to the gurgle and hums of the heating, water and ventilation systems in buildings (Barton Arcade, 10am – 10.30pm). Then it’s time to get crowned!

Welcome to HackManchester 2018, Manchester’s annual overnight coding competition which has started from 12pm yesterday. Join us in the ceremony even if you’re not a fan of the hacking but just cannot help getting excited to see who are going to be showered in glory this year! (Science and Industry Museum, Awards Ceremony 6pm – 10pm).

Finally, if you are interested in the future of human contacts, Did you Come Alone? (Manchester Museum, 12pm – 5pm) and Every Contact Leaves a Trace (One New Bailey, 11am – 3.30pm) will give you a brand new angle of thinking. For people who are either excited about or concerned with the rapid development of AI, don’t forget to join the discussion of You and AI (Royal Exchange Theatre, 5.30pm – 7pm). The panel lineup will be physicist, author and broadcaster Jim Al Khalili, Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS FInstP, Dr Ewa Luger from the University of Edinburgh, Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng from University of Southampton and Professor Neil Lawrence from Amazon.

At this cutting-edge debate with professionals, you will have a chance to explore whether AI can increase our capacity to understand the mysteries of the universe and tackle some of our most pressing real-world challenges, and how far the boundaries of AI are being pushed.

Today’s Timeline:

Sonic Pixels (Barton Arcade, 10am – 10.30pm)

Electricity: The spark of life (Science and Industry Museum 10am – 5pm)

Ready Steady Rocket (Science and Industry Museum, 10am – 5pm)

The Sound of Light (Science and Industry Museum, 10.30am – 4pm)

Pi: Human Evolution (Science and Industry Museum, 10.30am – 4pm)

Every Contact Leaves a Trace (One New Bailey, 11am – 3.30pm)

Celestial Bodies: The Universe in Motion (Science and Industry Museum, 11am – 5pm)

Did you Come Alone? (Manchester Museum, 12pm – 5pm)

Big Fish Little Fish Presents Animal Fantastical (The Birdcage, 2pm – 4.30pm)

You and AI (Royal Exchange Theatre, 5.30pm – 7pm)

HackManchester 2018 Awards Ceremony (Science and Industry Museum, 6pm – 10pm)