Family day of science hits the University of Salford campus

Thursday 1 November 2012
A girl gets up close with a cockroach at the Bug Hotel
A girl gets up close with a cockroach at the Bug Hotel
What have fish and chips, flight simulators and Oscar Pistorius’ prosthetic legs all got in common? They were all on show at the University of Salford’s campus on 31 October as part of Manchester Science Festival (27 October – 4 November).

In a big day of science fun for the family the University hosted four events on one day, each of which let the public explore an aspect of science and technology.

Dr Stefano Mariani demonstrated the science behind the nation’s traditional cuisine as he looked at why your battered cod might be a different fish entirely and what that means for our marine ecosystems.  And thanks to free taste testing courtesy of a chip van supplied by the National Federation of Fish Friers and fish (and chips!) kindly provided by Seafish, visitors were able to satisfy their hunger and their curiosity.

Salford Scifest incorporated a number of different activities across the College of Science and Technology, including a mini beasts tent, allowing children to get up close and personal with some creepy crawlies. Visitors also toured our Energy House, had a trip in the flight simulator, enjoyed the Physics of Everything, had some fun in the acoustics studios, experienced virtual reality in the ThinkLab and rounded the day off with a bang in our Flash Bang Chemistry Show!

And in Bladerunner Salford prosthetics experts demonstrated the science behind the Paralympics with the same types of blades used by South African star Oscar Pistorius being put through their paces in the multi-million pound human performance labs.

Later in the day, there was a debate chaired by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Martin Hall, which looked at the sometimes fractious relationship between science and religion. The debate was kindly hosted by St Philips Church.

Dean of the University’s College of Science & Technology, Professor Jim Yip, said: “We’ve put a great programme of events together for Manchester Science Festival this year. The emphasis is on being hands-on and informative and all of these events proved to be great entertainment for families and interested adults with a large attendance on the day.”

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