Discover the science all around us

The Museum of Science and Industry’s purpose built Pi: Platform for Investigation is returning for 2015, giving visitors of all ages the opportunity to discover the science all around us.

The Pi: Platform for Investigation scheme was launched last year and will continue this year monthly on Saturdays, with the first event on Saturday 17th January.  The platform has been designed and built by Manchester based 24 Design and is a unique, flexible and pop-up space, created exclusively for MOSI, filled with scientific equipment, high-tech audiovisual features and the latest in cutting edge technology and science.

Natalie Ireland, Head of Learning and Public Programmes for MOSI, commented on the series of events, “It is so important for us as a science museum to find creative, imaginative and hands-on ways for our visitors of all ages to experience science-based subjects. This cutting-edge platform allows us to do just this, in an informal setting. Watching grandparents and adults on the platform exploring science in this way, alongside school age children is a real joy to see each month.”

Each event will focus on a different theme, with free drop in workshops led by scientists, artists, technologists and researchers, covering topics ranging from the science of light and cycling through to particle physics and stroke awareness.

So, what’s on?


Exploring Light at Pi: Platform for Investigation
January 17th, Revolution Manchester 10.30 – 3.30

Inspiring, innovating, illuminating.

Bring your bright sparks to see the mysteries of light. Witness levitating clouds, a laser that can copy a supernova, and capture light in your hands. From smartphones and the internet to food production and airport security, light technology is part of our daily lives. The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Central Laser Facility is home to some of the most powerful lasers in the world. In January they will be taking over Platform for Investigation and shedding light on how this technology continues to change our world.


Fuel for your Body, Fuel for your Car at Pi: Platform for Investigation
February 7th, Revolution Manchester 10.30 – 3.30

Can we really use water to run our cars? When is a tummy bug a good thing?

There’s a double portion of Pi this month at MOSI. Manchester Metropolitan University take over our Platform for Investigation to show how we can turn water into electricity and how the bacteria in your stomach can help you stay healthy.


Solar Eclipse at Pi: Platform for Investigation (BBC Stargazing Live)
March 21st, Revolution Manchester 10.30 – 3.30

Don’t be in the dark about the solar eclipse. Let Manchester Astronomical Society reveal the secrets of the solar system at Pi: Platform for investigation..

To celebrate one of the most amazing events of the celestial calendar, we’ve invited astronomers and star gazers to host a day of all things space. Budding Chris Hadfields and Brian Coxes can discover more about our solar system and its place in the universe.

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