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UCLan’s Lancashire Science Festival has record-breaking year

01 July 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Three-day event attracts 10,000 visitors

This year’s Lancashire Science Festival, hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), attracted more than 10,000 people thanks to more than 150 unusual, explosive and jaw-dropping activities and shows.

Visitors to the three-day extravaganza in Preston were treated to show-stoppers including life-like animatronic dinosaurs, giant explosions and even a mind-controlled scalextric. Other highlights covered everything from insight into the science of Star Wars and medieval medicine demonstrations, to performances from sci-rock band Being 747, an ugly animal roadshow and a robotic Iron Man costume.

“The Lancashire Science Festival just keeps getting bigger and more fascinating each year."

Lancashire Science Festival Showfloor

The Lancashire Science Festival has grown year-on-year and the 2015 event drew visitors from across the North West, with more than 10,000 attendees over the three days. Guests were not only able to experience hands-on demonstrations of all aspects of science, technology, engineering, maths, but also had the opportunity to speak with some of UCLan’s leading researchers about the innovative work they are doing, and the real-world impact it will have.

This year’s festival also hosted evening events on the science of cocktails and a late-night Heston Blumenthal-style dinner, using a variety of scientific methods to cook and present different dishes.

Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott, Director of the Festival, said: “The Lancashire Science Festival just keeps getting bigger and more fascinating each year."

“The Lancashire Science Festival is also a fantastic opportunity to showcase the scientific talent that we have in Preston and the North West as a whole – it’s definitely putting Preston on the map!”

Lancashire Science Festival

Jo continued: “There’s something for everyone, with so many opportunities to get hands-on with science, to explore new ideas and try out things you might never have heard of.

“The Lancashire Science Festival is also a fantastic opportunity to showcase the scientific talent that we have in Preston and the North West as a whole – it’s definitely putting Preston on the map!”

Thomas Rishton, an 11-year-old pupil from English Martyrs Catholic Primary School in Preston, said: “I love the Oculus Rift headset which makes you really feel like you’re part of a video game. I could even feel nerves in my stomach as it made me feel like I was on a rollercoaster. It was brilliant.”

Haider Sabir, 13, from Elton High School in Bury commented: “I really enjoy science, especially chemistry, so coming to a festival like this is ideal. It makes science more interesting and fun and it’s great to experience practical demonstrations outside of the classroom.”

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