Hull Science Festival

Battle of the Slime

Ever thought about making your fortune through gold mining or wondered what it’s like to drive a racing car? Perhaps you’d like to learn about the science of slime or discover how DNA is extracted?

All this and much more will be explored at Hull Science Festival, which takes place at the University of Hull on 21 and 23 March.

The event is free and open to the public on Saturday 21 March, and schools and the Hull Bondholders are visiting on Monday 23 March.

Following on from last year’s success, the festival returns to highlight the University’s scientific heritage, dynamism, and its contributions to society.

The event showcases the work of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, which has a long history of outstanding research and a thriving public engagement programme.

There will be interactive demonstrations, hands-on workshops and open lectures where you can find out how bridges are engineered – demonstrated through the medium of chocolate, why trees are used to cool cities, what it takes to become an elite athlete and much more. The festival will also be running tailored activities for businesses and schools.

Professor Steve Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering said: “The research that goes on in Hull is truly world-class, and our students and academics have pulled out all the stops to show visitors to the festival the fabulous innovations that we make. This year they have also gone one step beyond, by coming up with amazing ways to let visitors get really involved with the science and engineering. Where else can you pan for gold, build a robot, explore molecules in Minecraft and design a racing car in one afternoon?”

Hull Science Festival has been timed to celebrate the end of National Science and Engineering Week, as well as coinciding with a University Applicant Day (21 March), where students who have applied to the University get the chance to look around. The festival will also play host to 250 businesses at a Bondholder Breakfast event on 23 March and almost 500 children from schools across the region are signed up to attend that day too.

Dr Mark Lorch, Festival Director, said: “Just as you don’t have to be a musician to enjoy a concert, you don’t have to be a scientist to enjoy our festival. We want to entertain all our visitors with ideas and innovations, and in the run up to Hull 2017 show you that science and technology is an integral part of our culture.”

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