Manchester Science Festival 2013 Launch #msf13

24 Oct

Normally I use this blog to share outreach activities but for the next 10 days I’m going to write about the amazing things going on during the Manchester Science Festival.

Photo by @McrSciFest

A rather lovely binary bracelet.
Photo by @McrSciFest

Last night was the launch of the festival and I went along to help out on a Manchester Girl Geek activity and also donned a rather snazzy badge saying ‘I’m a scientist, chat to me!’

There were a lot of people at the launch and it was a great atmosphere. The Manchester Girl Geek activity was really fun and involved writing a message, converting it to binary and then making a bracelet using beads with either two colours or ‘0’s and ‘1’s. A lot of people left the event sporting new, very stylish, bracelets.

The speeches at the event were great and I particularly enjoyed the speech from the festival partner, Siemens, who stressed the importance of encouraging young people to think about STEM careers and apprenticeships.

A few of us enjoying the event. Photo by @lisamarieke

A few of us enjoying the event.
Photo by @lisamarieke

The highlight of the evening for me was the preview of ‘The Ood Cast: The complete works of Dr. Who’. The actual event is sold out so I was really lucky to get to see it. The show was really good and all the cast were hilarious. Laura was particularly fab – she had an amazing singing voice, was really funny AND did a bongo solo. What more do you want?

I’ll be posting more about the festival over the next week, so let me know about things you’re involved with or really enjoyed in the comments below or tweet me (@bio_fluff) and I’ll give them a mention in my posts. I’m particularly excited about tomorrow, as Science ShowOff is taking place in MOSI. It’s £5 on the door (which goes to charity) and should be an ace night. I’ll be talking about the science of a hangover and you can see the full fabulous line up here. Come along, it should be a great night!

The brilliant Ood Cast Photo by @McrSciFest

The brilliant Ood Cast
Photo by @McrSciFest


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