Bradford Science Festival is bringing a weekend of fun, experiments and exploration to the city centre.
The festival, produced by the National Science and Media Museum in partnership with Bradford’s City Park and The Broadway, takes place at these three locations from 15 – 16 July, offering adults, children and families the opportunity to engage with science through fun events, challenges and demonstrations.
Date: Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 July 2017
The Broadway becomes the home of amazing prehistoric creatures, as lifelike dinosaurs and reptiles roam the shopping centre. Festival goers can also meet baby dinosaurs and try their hand at digging for fossils in this journey back in time. Bring a camera to record this historic activity. A dinosaur will be taking over The Broadway as we prepare to welcome this moving life-size pre-historic reptile. Shoppers will be able to overcome their fear and meet the dinosaur who is an impressive eight feet tall, 3.5 metres long and 1.1 metres wide with a moving mouth, eyes and tail.
They are as cute as they are naughty! These feisty little critters are just fantastic! known to nibble a finger or two, shoppers will be able to meet these baby Reptile along with its keeper.
Dinosaur Discovery Dig
Kids love digging, they love dinosaurs and they love discovering things. And with our experts on hand, young adventurers will search and identify fossils. What amazing discovery will you make during your very own dig?
15 – 16 July – Saturday/Sunday
Dinosaur: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Each show is 20 minutes
Baby Raptor: 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm. Each show is 20 minutes
Dinosaur Discovery Dig: 12pm – 4pm
CITY PARK (includes Future Zone, Robot Zone, WaterLab and Survival Zone. Time: 11am -5pm)
Titan the Robot
Titan is the world-famous interactive robot! See the ultimate family entertainment show, packed with comedy, dancing and lots of fun.
Pedal Power Challenge
The Kids Invent Stuff Youtube Channel has laid down the challenge for 7-11 year olds to create their very own pedal-powered contraptions, and the winner will see their design in action as part of the weekend’s events.
Find out how to become involved in science right here in Bradford. A host of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) businesses and organisations are based in the district and they will be meeting and greeting visitors in City Park. Contributors include Bradford Pathways, Bradford College, Bradford University, Connextions , Aspire IGN, Omega (Saturday only), Specsavers and the STEM Ambassador Project.
Festival goers can get up close and personal with special robot guests, learn about drones and see if they could drive a Mars rover! Also appearing is NAO Robi, a small but fun-packed robot who will answer questions and might even dance! Other attractions include driverless car models designed by schoolchildren from around the district and the chance to sign up for next year’s ‘driverless car challenge’. This zone will introduce young scientists to the exciting world of robotics, showing how robots work and how humans can control them through coding.
Visitors can bring a towel and enjoy hands-on science in the Mirror Pool, including experimenting with the Gurgle Splosher – created by Hebden Bridge based NoisyToys – an incredible interactive sculpture which asks the question ‘How does water make music?’
If there was a natural disaster in Bradford, how would you survive? The ‘Escape the Volcano’ assault course, meteor impacts and den building activities will test Bradfordians’ mettle. Cryo explosion! Once a day there will be a volcano explosion right in the heart of City Park. Can families complete the challenges in Survival Village and survive the volcano. Adult programme (14 July, 6.30pm – 9.30pm)
NATIONAL SCIENCE AND MEDIA MUSEUM
A host of exciting and unusual activities will kick off the festival as visitors are invited to unlock and extend their powers of perception with the help of science and technology. This event launches the Bradford Science Festival and accompanies the opening of the museum’s summer exhibition, Supersenses.
Family programme (15 and 16 July, 11am – 5pm)
NATIONAL SCIENCE AND MEDIA MUSEUM
Free family activities to celebrate Bradford Science Festival and launch the new summer exhibition, Supersenses will be taking place throughout the weekend, including: Impact Gamers Live (15 July, 13.30 –15.00. Free, online booking recommended) A free and fun game-playing showcase of science themed games. Win prizes in big screen challenges, learn how coding works, and have a go at making a game yourself! Think Forensic (Drop-in activity) A dastardly crime has been committed and the museum is inviting super science sleuths to solve puzzles and challenges around the building. Mini Science Film Festival (charge applies for film screenings) Screenings of The Incredibles (U), The Lego Movie (U), Big Hero 6 (PG), IMAX 3D: Mysteries of the Unseen World (U) in the Pictureville Cinema and IMAX.