As the Summer holidays approaches, we take a look at some of the events coming up at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum.
Pi: Platform for Investigation – Tiny Science
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July, 11am to 5pm
Manchester Arndale shopping centre (Exchange Court)
Drop in, Free
Recommended for ages 8 and older
Swap shopping for live experiments as Pi: Platform for Investigation leaves the Museum of Science and Industry for the first time and brings impossibly small science to the Manchester Arndale shopping centre.
Delve into the tiny nano-world and discover ‘really small science’ with researchers from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Take part in hands-on, interactive experiments alongside expert engineers and scientists. Clean ‘dirty water’ using nanoholes, make your own nanojelly out of nanonets and move around like nanoparticles in gases, liquids and solids. Then explore how Manchester scientists produced graphene, the world’s first 2D material, and even have a go at it yourself.
Summer Holiday Fun at Museum of Science and Industry
23 July to 4 September
Recommended for ages 6 and older
Discover what a roll of sellotape and an HB pencil have to do with a ground-breaking scientific experiment and join our explainers for a jam-packed programme of hands-on and free drop in activities, inspired by the wonders of the world’s first two-dimensional wonder material, graphene, and other great Manchester discoveries. Then, with a head buzzing with new fun facts and a huge thirst for tiny science, pop into the museum’s brand new exhibition.
Wonder Materials Workshop
2pm to 4pm
Drop in, Free
Explore graphene’s amazing, magnetic personality and learn more about the science of attraction.
Pop Bottle Microscopes
10am to 12pm
Drop in, Free
Take a close up look at graphite, the building block of graphene, with your own, hand-made microscope.
The Revolution Manchester Show
12:30pm and 2:30pm
Enjoy a whistle-stop race through Manchester science and engineering from steam to graphene.
12pm, 1pm and 3pm
Meet Salford inventor Hans Reynold, test his new inventions, and see how one of them changed the way we move.
Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond
23 July 2016 to 25 June 2017
Recommended for ages 5 and older
A big exhibition about a tiny new material – Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond makes its world premiere at the Museum of Science and Industry this summer. The exhibition tells the story of graphene, the world’s first two-dimensional wonder material: which was first isolated in Manchester. This ground-breaking show – complete with hands-on activities and creative stations – combines science, art and interactive games to reveal the inspiring story of one of the strongest, lightest and most conductive materials in the world.