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Daredevil stunt show will wow visitors at free Lancashire Science Festival

19 June 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Daredevil TV presenter Greg Foot will share the science behind extreme sports

Visitors to next week’s free Lancashire Science Festival goes Extreme event will be treated to an adrenaline-fuelled stunt show featuring back-flipping free runners and world-class trials riders.

Daredevil TV presenter Greg Foot will share the science behind extreme sports at this year’s Lancashire Science Festival at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The Extreme Sports Battle Team will explore the science and technology involved in daredevil stunts when during the performance trials riders will face up against mind-blowing free runners to find out who reigns supreme – man or machine?

A lesson from the pros introduces the vaults, rolls, wheelies and bunny hops that propel both man and machine over and around their urban playground as host Greg deconstructs the physiology and physics behind each one. Then the battle begins as the experts climb and jump over a giant eight foot scaffolding rig, competing in ever more spectacular bouts.

The headline act is just one of many performances, interactive stands and demonstrations at the free festival on Saturday 29 June at UCLan’s Preston Campus.

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Set to attract more than 3,000 visitors, Lancashire Science Festival goes Extreme is the only completely free science festival in the UK and aims to put Lancashire on the map for science, technology, engineering, maths and health. It is designed to inspire young people through awe-inspiring scientific and technological displays.

Other attractions include the Science of Superheroes show with UCLan’s Matt Dickinson who will explore the real-life science behind some well-known superheroes such as Spiderman, Wolverine and Iron Man and self-titled human lab rat Mike Leahy who will be accompanied by his pet leeches.

“We’ve decided to cram the excitement of last year’s Lancashire Science Festival into one day with a wide variety of activities. There is something for everyone and children will discover just how varied and exciting science and technology can be.”

Fans of Star Wars can discover how much is science fact and how much is science fiction in the cult series and Being 747’s Clockwork Universe tour will take the audience through the history of science with music, songs, crazy costumes and a multi-media visual show.

Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott, Science Festival Director and Public Engagement Manager, said: “We’ve decided to cram the excitement of last year’s Lancashire Science Festival into one day with a wide variety of activities. The science showfloor is bigger than last year with interactive stands to stimulate interest in science across all age ranges.

“There is something for everyone and children will discover just how varied and exciting science and technology can be.”

The free Lancashire Science Festival at UCLan’s Preston Campus on Saturday 29 June is open to everyone. Places are limited for headline acts, so book early to avoid disappointment. Doors open from 9:30pm with drop-in activities running until 4:30pm.

To book or find out more, visit www.lancashiresciencefestival.co.uk call 01706 482015 or keep up-to-date via Twitter by following #lancscifest13