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UCLan powered up for Lancashire Science Festival

30 June 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Three-day event goes off with a bang

See a photo gallery from the event.

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) annual Lancashire Science Festival has gone off with a bang after thousands of people visited the three-day event for awe-inspiring shows, experiments and hands-on activities.

Visitors to the three-day spectacle on 26 – 28 June went Dr Who mad with the Lord of the Daleks himself, Davros, who shared some of the Daleks most evil secrets and schemes.

Other highlights of the science extravaganza included a chemistry magic show, a trip behind the scenes of CSI, a tour around the Zoo Bus; a converted double decker bus that has become home to some of the world’s strangest critters, musical performances from sci-rock band Being 747 and guitar physicist Mark Lewney and a look at the science behind Sherlock and popular superheroes such as Iron Man.

“I loved the chemistry magic show where we saw a rose frozen by liquid nitrogen then smashed into little pieces. Coming here has made me love science even more; it’s made science fun.”

Romanie Mulqueeney, aged 11, from St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School visited the festival on Thursday. She commented: “I really loved the science floor because there was so much going on and it was great to try all of the interactive things. I love science; it’s fun watching things being blown up!”

Eleven-year-old Elliot Gallagher, from Mere Brow Church of England Primary School, attended the same day. He said: “I loved the chemistry magic show where we saw a rose frozen by liquid nitrogen then smashed into little pieces. Coming here has made me love science even more; it’s made science fun.”

The 2014 Lancashire Science Festival was the most diverse yet with two late adult sessions sharing the science of cocktails and an unashamedly geeky comedy night called the Festival of the Spoken Nerd. The programme also featured a number of opportunities to speak directly to leading UCLan researchers about the impact and focus of their work.

We want to break down the barriers around science, dispel stereotypes and above all show people how much fun science can be.”

Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott, Science Festival Director, said: “This is the third year we’ve hosted the Lancashire Science Festival and it was more popular and varied than ever.

“The event had something for everyone and appealed to both adults and children of all ages across many scientific disciplines. We want to break down the barriers around science, dispel stereotypes and above all show people how much fun science can be. All events in the family and schools programme were free of charge thanks to generosity of our sponsors.”

As well as the popular events the science showfloor provided hands-on demonstrations of all aspects of science, technology, engineering, maths and more. Visitors discovered how science is used in business and throughout all aspects of life from discovering our past to shaping our future.

The famous Titan the Robot was also on campus to entertain the crowds. Weighing in at a staggering 300kg, the eight foot super robot has taken audiences by storm with his unique concept of performance and has become a popular fixture at the Lancashire Science Festival.

This year the event was hosted by UCLan and delivered in association with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and other sponsors.