VIDEO: Wacky world of science on show at University of Sheffield

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Hundreds of people got to know more about the weird and wonderful world of science as the University of Sheffield opened up its laboratories to the public.

The university’s popular ‘Discovery Night’ was back again, with the family-friendly event proving a hit with those who attended.

Daniel Sullivan, eight, uses his mind to move and make the ball float at the Discovery Night festival at the University of Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

Daniel Sullivan, eight, uses his mind to move and make the ball float at the Discovery Night festival at the University of Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

Visitors had the chance to watch 3D printers in action, watch research robots, see themselves in infra-red and try a taste of liquid nitrogen ice-cream.

The event was part of the Festival of Science and Engineering, designed to inspire the next generation of young scientists with hundreds of events taking place throughout March.

Professor John Haycock, from the university’s bioengineering department, said: “This whole event is about opening to the public and in particular to schoolchildren to show them the types of research we have at the University of Sheffield.”

The free event also featured demonstrations and mini lectures from experts in science, engineering, medicine and dentistry.

There were more than 30 activities on offer during the evening, including the opportunity to see a scale model of the Large Hadron Collider built from Lego and a kids’ science lab where youngsters could find out if they are smarter than a chimp.

The event also included the chance to see inside one of university’s high tech molecular biology labs and find out how students are trained in genetic analysis - a key technique in diagnosing and treating leukaemia.

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