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Musical Bananas to Pinhole Cameras May Half-Term at the Museum of Science and Industry

Musical Bananas to Pinhole Cameras May Half-Term at the Museum of Science and Industry

MakeFest, Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th
Suitable for all ages, some age restrictions may apply.

Fancy flying a drone, helping an inventor, trying some soldering, building a robot or playing a tune on a banana? That’s right—MakeFest is back at the Museum of Science and Industry this May half term!

As part of their celebrations for the Year of Engineering, MakeFest once again welcomes tinkerers, coders and artists from all over the North West and beyond, to show off their skills and get visitors to try everything, have some fun, and maybe even discover a secret talent.

There’s the chance to see kids’ inventions come to life at the Little Inventors make-a-thon – makers will be creating prototypes of designs and competing for the chance to make it a reality. Edinburgh Science Festival have partnered with Siemens for a series of specialist, booked workshops where visitors can try their hand at soldering a light-up badge. There’s a mass ‘build off’ with the Institution of Civil Engineers using Lego, straws and tetrahedrons, and, Manchester Science Festival lead educational sponsor, the University of Salford, are bringing a drone mission to test everyone’s flying skills.

Other highlights include: Leigh Hackspace with lots of wacky activities including the chance to play a musical banana, University of Manchester’s Robot Orchestra robot making, creating binary keyrings with Manchester Girl Geeks, fabric printing with their very own Explainer team and, of course, the magnificent machines of the North West Meccano Guild. Plus, families can do anything from steampunk decoupage to creating their own app to cracking the code on a binary sweet machine.

Free admission. There may be a charge for some activities.

Make It! May Half-Term Activities
Monday, 28th May – Sunday, 3rd June
After the maker mayhem of MakeFest, the family fun continues throughout the half-term holiday:

Science Showdown: Made It!
Recommended for ages 5 and older
Necessity really is the mother of invention in this crazy, madcap show. Find out how science helps inventors create and engineer the things we use every day.

Pinhole Cameras
Recommended for ages 7 and older
See the world from a different angle! Make your own pinhole camera in the make-and take workshop and test it in the Upside-Down Disco.
Spaces must be reserved at the information desk.

Printing workshops
Recommended for ages 5 and older
Put your own stamp on things in this interactive workshop. Find out how we used to print designs on cotton and take home your very own printed piece of material.
Spaces must be reserved at the information desk.

Early Years Engineers
Ages 2 – 4
Families with young children can pick up a Power Pack from the front desk and join one of the Explainers in the Power Hall to explore the sights, smells and sounds of the museum’s giant engines. This is a special guided session on how pretending and play can make an adventurous visit for younger visitors.

As if that wasn’t enough there are all of the regular shows and demonstrations to make sure the holiday goes with a bang:

Manchester Mills
Recommended for ages 5 and older
Why did Manchester get the nickname “Cottonopolis”? Join us for a live demonstration of our textiles machinery as we turn plants into clothes. Plus discover the difficult jobs which went along with working with such powerful machines.

Engine Demos
Recommended for ages 8 and older
How did we power the city? What got Manchester moving? This interactive engine demonstration will show you how engines can push, pull and turn the industries which made Manchester famous.

Treasure Hunters
Recommended for ages 4 and older
Challenge family and friends with the brand-new app. Hunt for 100s of different objects all around you, where ever you are. Take a snap, and see who wins in this fun, easy, finding game. There’s treasure everywhere! Available on the App Store and Google Play.


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