Colne and Sabden scientists could be stars of the future

Scientists of the future flocked to this year's Lancashire Science Festival.

Girls from Sabden Primary School getting hands on with the technology exhibits.
Girls from Sabden Primary School getting hands on with the technology exhibits.

Pupils from Sabden primary School and West Street Community Primary School in Colne attended the University of Central Lancashire’s free annual event, which attracted around 13,000 people who engaged with the shows, workshops, exhibits and activities over three days.

The three-day event offered a variety of activities to inspire youngsters about the real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

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Among this year’s attractions at the award-winning event were Titan the Robot, a petting zoo, The Cloud Factory and the Royal Institution’s Feel The Power.

Children from West Street Community Primary School playing with remote controlled robots with help from EDF Energy representatives

Other highlights included the maths behind Disney and Pixar films, the wonders of water plus the animal detectives.

Dr Liz Granger, Lancashire Science Festival Director, said: “It’s been amazing to see around 20,000 people on our campus and at the high school roadshows who were fully engaged with the wide variety of science, engineering, technology and maths activities we had on offer.

"Every year our award-winning Lancashire Science Festival gets bigger and this year was no exception. The weather played a huge part too in bringing families of all ages out for a free summertime event.

“To see the mass appeal of a free STEM related festival is wonderful and it shows the appetite of schools and parents to bring children along and inspire the next generation.

“Our sponsors have been great again this year. It was a real team effort, with contributions from staff, students, volunteers, regional businesses and organisations and the result has been seeing thousands of youngsters leaving with huge smiles on their faces with an understanding that science is really fun.”