This is a past event from Manchester Science Festival 2018.
Get switched on to our super-charged adults-only evening of electrifying fun. Experiment with the weird and wonderful things you can do with electricity, like making lightbulbs work without plugging them into anything. Mess around with our miniature lightning machine and take control of a fleet of robotic drones to inspect a virtual wind farm.
Food and Drink offer
Bookings have now closed for our pizza deal, but you’ll still be able to buy food and drinks at the Late at our standard rates.
Here’s a taster of just some of the events you can enjoy on the night:
Thunderstorm Folk Festival
Stormy weather closes in on a music festival, but that won’t stop the party. Join Foxdog Studios in an onstage electrical storm simulation to keep the jams pumping, despite inclement conditions. Featuring the world’s longest instrument, the UK’s first bongo boots, and the North’s smallest thundercloud.
Space weather and electromagnetic fields
Join Dr Suzie Imber, winner of BBC Two’s Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?, and find out how the Sun’s magnetic field causes power blackouts, damages satellites, affects astronaut health and creates beautiful aurora displays.
Miniature lightning machine
Danger, danger: high voltage! For one night only, Manchester’s High Voltage Test Lab is popping up at the museum, so don’t miss this chance to learn how to make lightning with machines.
Pedal powered smoothies
On yer bike! Unleash your inner Bradley Wiggins/Victoria Pendleton on our pedal-powered blender to make a delicious, energising smoothie. Plus learn all about the best fruit, veg, vitamins and minerals to power you through the day with Late favourites, MetMUnch.
Cryptocurrency in action
You’ve probably heard of Bitcoin, but have you ever spent it? Let researchers shed some new light on this darknet currency, and get a hands-on experience of accepting and spending it by making a donation to charity.
How to keep the lights on
Baby, when the lights go out… we’re all in trouble. Find out what it takes to keep the lights on in our virtual and mixed reality zones, featuring robots, helicopters and nuclear reactors, plus learn about how artificial intelligence is transforming the energy industry.
Electricity: The spark of life exhibition tour
Manchester Science Festival’s headline exhibition examines how scientists experimented with electricity, how mass generation and distribution changed our lives and what electricity’s place could be in a low carbon future. Join Steven Leech, our Exhibitions Content Developer, for an exclusive after-hours highlights tour of the Electricity exhibition.
Spark your curiosity with a series of pecha kucha-style talks about energy use and energy-related communication, and see if you can answer questions posed by our speakers. Prizes available!
Using electricity to make fuel
Dr Gaia Neri from the University of Liverpool talks us through the sustainable energy economy of the future, including innovations in energy storage and how researchers are working to generate alternative fuels using just electricity, carbon dioxide and water.
Science Showdown: Electricity
Who’d win in a fight: a light bulb or a blender? Household items go to war in this electrifying show from our very own Explainer team, featuring live experiments and oodles of audience participation.
There’ll be a special area at the Late just for teachers and educators. There’ll be free drinks and nibbles while you enjoy workshops, classroom resources, demos and more – all filtered through a scientific theme. The Teacher Zone will be open from 7pm – 8.30pm and you’ll be welcome to check out the rest of the Late events after that. You’ll need to book a free Teacher Zone ticket to enter. Find out more and book your place here.