Pi: Platform for Investigation
We have a bumper Pi programme in October, as part of Manchester Science Festival.
Sounds like heart work - Saturday 22 October
The human heart beats an incredible 100,000 times a day – but what makes it tick? And what happens when something goes wrong? Take a look at living heart cells under a microscope, hear more about how this vital organ works and talk about what your heart has in common with a lump of dough and your phone.
#Datasaveslives - Sunday 23 October
See how software engineers develop new fitness technologies and design an app of your own. You can also take part in an experiment to see whether heart rate and cognitive performance are linked; help review and discuss the results of all activities; and share your experiences via Tweets and selfies.
Wildlife connections - Monday 24 October
Meet conservationists to find out what you can do to make your garden more inviting for wildlife. Make bird feeders and toad abodes and see results from Chester Zoo’s Wildlife Connections project, including dormouse monitoring in North Wales; and the recovery of pine martens: carnivores which are thought to have become extinct in England and Wales in 1900.
Dalton and colour vision - Tuesday 25 October
To mark 250 years since the birth of scientist John Dalton, see a live dissection of a sheep’s eye to discover the anatomy of colour vision; and play with camouflage and colour matching tests. Dalton discovered his own colour vision deficiency by comparing the colours of threads and yarns, which you can see for yourself. Plus, find out what it’s like to be colour blind with modern simulations and games.
Code-driven trains - Thursday 27 October
Be among the first to use new BBC micro:bit technology to help keep driverless trains on the move, by coding your way through rail-themed challenges presented by Siemens. These include creating a warning system, so your train automatically slows down when it senses moisture on the track; and a digital solution to help commuters take the fastest tube route home.
Accelerating discoveries - Friday 28 October
How can scientists find invisible particles? How does antimatter behave? Discover the latest scientific breakthroughs made using cutting-edge particle accelerator and detector technology. Experience the VELA particle accelerator in an immersive 360-degree show, see a positron-emission particle tracking device in action and find out how detectors reveal natural radiation and cosmic rays all around us.
Weather fairground - Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October
How does the weather affect your life? Right across the world, every single day, people make decisions based on both forecasts and realities. Inspired by this, the Met Office has created some weather-themed demonstrations with a classic fairground theme.