Date published: October 19, 2017

Salford's 'video army' to capture wonders of Science Festival

ONE of Europe’s biggest science festivals is set to be one of the most viewed on social media thanks to students from the University of Salford.

Manchester Science Festival #msf17 brings the wonders of the Universe to our museums, bars, shopping centres and libraries for 10 days in October (19-29).

With more than 100 events at fifty venues including Salford’s MCUK Campus, it’s an amazing amount to see – and to miss!

So in case the thousands of visitors can’t catch all their favourite bits, young videographers are filming the whole thing and sharing it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and other platforms that will take their work.

Robots to GameLab

More than 50 students will be working the festival in groups, covering all of the main events, including the crowd-stopping Robots and the University of Salford’s own Game Lab event this weekend, October 21/22.

They will also be recording behind-the-scenes interviews, performance snippets, vox pops and more from exciting goings on like Human vs Machine, Water’s Wacky Lab and Killer Fungus at the Siemens-supported PI lab.

The students are on the BA Television & radio course, based at Media City, where they produce content for TV, radio and other media platforms, learning camera and editing, radio recording and editing, TV and radio  studio  production and multi-platform online skills.  

Filmed footage will be turned into content promoting the festival, the festival host – Manchester Museum of Science and Industry(MSI) and a range of partner organisations.

'Science is creative'

Kelsey Mowat, a BA Television & Radio student, in her first year at Salford, said: “This is a good opportunity to work with professionals and create a product they could use.

“I have to admit science was one of my worst subjects at school but the projects look so much fun and I’m starting to realise already how creative science can be.”

Kat Dibbits, Press & PR Manager at the Media Manager at MSI, said: “We’re thrilled to have students from Salford helping out and it should contribute to the buzz around the festival. We’re going to collect their work as it comes in and the best pieces will be turned into 1 and 2 minute videos promoted by the Festival.”

Debra Prinselaar, programme leader for the BA Television and Radio course, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for our students to work at one of Manchester’s most prestigious events, and to put into practice some of the technical and soft skills such as team work, they will use as professionals after they graduate.”

Industry partnerships

The University of Salford prides itself on offering real world experiences to its students in collaboration with industry, the professions and employers. See our Industrial Collaboration Zones programme.

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