Explore the fun of science and engineering at ScienceX, a free festival to interactively inspire the eco-warriors of the future


ScienceX is the science and engineering festival like no other, and it is returning to Manchester this year, but this time, it will be held at Manchester Central Library.

Bursting with copious amounts of fun and exciting activities for families, this incredible event intends to showcase the wonders of the world of science, and what being a scientist or an engineer is really about.

This year, the festival has set up a wide range of interactive activities with a focus on climate change, the environment and sustainability.

Completely free to attend, open to everyone and right next to St Peter’s Square Metrolink stop, this interactive festival of exploration and experiments is not only a great chance for kids to discover the fun behind science and engineering, but it is really easily accessible for families all over the city.

Youngsters and adults alike are encouraged to come along to the event with all of their climate questions, ready to learn about how they can make a positive difference in the world.

The friendly ScienceX scientists and engineers will be on hand to excite and inspire young environmentalists, campaigners, creative minds and future scientists and engineers.

Manchester Central Library is an accessible venue with a great family friendly café on site.

Join ScienceX on October 23 and 25 from 10am to 4pm, and uncover how you and your family can make a positive difference to the world around us.

Visitors don’t need a ticket to attend but they can find out more and are encouraged to register ahead via the ScienceX Facebook event or Eventbrite.

Friendly ScienceX scientists and engineers are on hand to excite the environmentalists of the future

Throughout the festival there will be plenty of opportunities for you to get hands-on and interactive with a wide range of thrilling experiments.

Kids will get the opportunity to create their very own DNA bracelets, build electronic car motors, learn about how we design robots to keep humans safe and become a climate-friendly chef for the day, creating eco-friendly recipes from scratch , amongst many more fun and thrilling activities.

Get your hands dirty with the ScienceX Soil Patrol activities, digging for a variety of species that live in our soils, and see what affect climate change brings to soil life. Then, you can design yourself a plant, and see where in the world it could live.

The festival offers an extensive range if interactive workshops and thrilling experiments
The festival offers an extensive range if interactive workshops and thrilling experiments

Learn to identify microplastics by hunting through sand and water samples, armed with a trusty sieve.

Scrutinise your findings under a microscope quipped with UV light to reveal what is made of plastic and what isn’t. Kids will learn fun and interesting facts about microplastics, their impact on human health, and their connection to climate change.

Travel through the veils of time and explore the age of the dinosaurs with The University of Manchester’s palaeontology team as they reveal how extinct animals lived in environments of the past, how the changing environment on the planet may have shaped their evolution, and ultimately resulted in their extinction.

There is are a whole host of activities accessible online for those who want to carry on the fun when they get home
There is are a whole host of activities accessible online for those who want to carry on the fun when they get home

If you find yourself in the position where you cannot attend the festival in person, fear not, as there’s no need to miss out on all of the fun.

On the ScienceX website, you will find a whole host of online activities for all ages for those who want to get involved from home.

Explore the ScienceX online resources, where children and families can learn recipes for more sustainable baking, take part in hands-on experiments from home, and try out the ScienceX escape room.

Become an eco-star baker and bake a delicious, fully plant-based jumbo chocolate chunk cookie. The team at ScienceX are keen to demonstrate how easy it can be to make simple adjustments to our lives so that we can have a more positive impact on the environment in the long run.

There’s also a variety of videos, worksheets and other online resources for kids, so the learning about climate change and sustainability doesn’t have to end with the weekend.

For more information about ScienceX, and to access their wonderful resources, click here.

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