Festival to feature appliance of science

Pupils enjoying a science event at Sheffield University investigate how the robot plant works.
Pupils enjoying a science event at Sheffield University investigate how the robot plant works.
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A fantastic festival showcasing the weird and wonderful world of science and engineering gets under way in Sheffield tomorrow.

The event, put together by the city’s museums and universities, includes more than 200 events in schools along with a packed programme of free public activities.

Highlights include forensic science murder mystery evenings, a chance to analyse your own DNA, and a look at how robots will influence our lives in the future.

The Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering runs until Sunday, March 23, and will also feature some of the latest research being carried out at the universities.

Events will be taking place across South Yorkshire at schools, colleges, libraries and museums.

Dr Richard Walton, from Sheffield Hallam’s Centre for Science Education, said: “The aim is not just to celebrate the achievements of the past but to see, in the research and development of the present, a vision for the future in all areas of science and technology.

“This festival demonstrates the enormous richness of scientific and technical talent that can be found in South Yorkshire, not only in the universities but in schools and industries across the region.”

On Saturday Sheffield University will hold a DNA workshop giving people the chance to isolate and analyse their own DNA using the tools of a modern molecular biology laboratory.

And in an interactive talk on Thursday, March 20, Dr Adam Ellis will be explaining our sweet tooth and just why chocolate tastes so good.

Another event will explore the science and technology of cooking as seen on TV.