Miss the fun bits of your school science lessons? After School Science Club is an opportunity for those who've outgrown the classroom but still want to learn. Join mathematician Katie Steckles, and a carefully curated selection of science guests, for an adults-only evening of science and maths talks, table-to-table live demonstrations, experiments and hands-on exhibits. Plus a bar. And no homework (hurrah).

After School Science Club: BLOCKS

Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester (map)
Friday 27th October 2017

After School Science Club happened again in 2017, as part of Manchester Science Festival, and our theme this year is BLOCKS. We'll be joined by the wonderful people from the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, who'll be providing a massive giant table of LEGO for us all to play with during the evening - join us in building a giant scale model of Manchester as it exists only in our wildest imaginations. We'll also have engineer and physicist Valerie Bentivegna building working microscopes and telescopes from LEGO bricks - and you can have a go too!

Talks included:

  • Nanochemist Suze Kundu, taking a close look at the tiny building blocks that all matter is made of
  • Author, presenter and astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell, talking about The Knowledge you'll need to rebuild civilisation block by block
  • Mathematician and host Katie Steckles, on mathematical block designs
  • Materials scientist Jamie Gallagher, on why he absolutely can't bloody stand blocks

The event was hosted by award-winning mathematician Katie Steckles, joined by a team of block-buskers (yes) circulating the room. We also had our usual competitions and prizes, freebies, block-rocking beats and good company.

Photos from our 2017 event - all images by Mark Taylor.

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