Glorious sunshine shone down on this year’s Lancashire Science Festival.Advertisement
Around 13,000 people flocked to the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) free annual event to engage with shows, workshops, exhibits and activities over three days.
Among this year’s attractions were Titan the Robot, a petting zoo, The Cloud Factory and the Royal Institution’s Feel The Power.
Other highlights included the maths behind Disney and Pixar films, the wonders of water plus the animal detectives.
A wide variety of activities were on offer to inspire youngsters about the real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.
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The fun festival, which has been running since 2011, ran across the Preston City Centre Campus and saw two days dedicated to primary schools from across the region and the final day open to the public.
Another 7,000 teenagers have engaged with a number of science roadshows which have visited high schools across the North West.
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Lancashire Science Festival Director, Dr Liz Granger, said: “It’s been amazing to see around 20,000 people on our campus and at the high school roadshows who were fully engaged with the wide variety of science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM) activities we had on offer.
“Every year our award-winning Lancashire Science Festival gets bigger and this year was no exception.
“The weather played a huge part too in bringing families of all ages out for a free summertime event.
“To see the mass appeal of a free STEM related festival is wonderful and it shows the appetite of schools and parents to bring children along and inspire the next generation.
“Our sponsors have been great again this year. It was a real team effort, with contributions from staff, students, volunteers, regional businesses and organisations and the result has been seeing thousands of youngsters leaving with huge smiles on their faces with an understanding that science is really fun.”