Appliance of science is key to Leeds festival’s success

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MORE than 3,500 youngsters in Leeds are set to take part in an educational extravaganza that definitely has the winning formula.

The University of Leeds’s eighth Leeds Festival of Science gets under way tomorrow (March 14) and runs until April 4.

It will feature talks, interactive demonstrations and even a fun show that has its roots on the other side of the Atlantic.

Ig Nobel Prizes are handed out every year at America’s Harvard University to honour bizarre and extraordinary achievements in science, medicine and technology.

And the founder of the annual ceremony, Marc Abrahams, will be lifting the lid on the stories behind the latest winners at the Ig Nobel Show, taking place at the University of Leeds next Thursday, March 20.

Dr Ruth Holland, one of the festival organisers, said: “This will be a great way to launch the public events for this year’s festival and I hope people will enjoy finding out more about this weird and wonderful side of science.”

Other events open to the public include Engineering Experience, at the university’s Parkinson Building on Saturday, March 29.

It will give people of all ages an insight into everything from knee implant design to the workings of a mobile phone. A festival-long programme of taster sessions aimed specifically at schools, meanwhile, is already booked up.

Dr Holland said: “Offering these taster sessions will really get children thinking about the importance of sciences and such hands-on events have proved time and again to inspire the next generation.”

The festival has been timed to coincide with National Science & Engineering Week, which is organised by the British Science Association.

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