THE WONDERS of science were brought to life as a television roadshow rolled into Sheffield.
Thousands of families flocked to the Bang Goes the Theory: Live, held in the city over the bank holiday weekend.
The roadshow, which is currently touring the country, takes the BBC TV series to the streets in a bid to get adults and children hands-on with science and technology.
Streams of science-lovers lined up outside the City Hall ahead of free live performances from the presenters of the popular programme, which took place twice a day and attracted about 1,200 people each time.
Their on-stage antics included an experiment to determine which would be most effective in a penalty shoot out – a rocket or a human being.
Bang Goes the Theory: Live producer Jo Burton said: “We’ve had thousands come to Sheffield and they have really enjoyed themselves.
“It’s all about trying to get people engaged in different aspects of science.”
On top of the free shows, there was an interactive area at Barker’s Pool, outside the City Hall, filled with try-it-yourself experiments, demonstrations and displays.
Show-goers could try their hand at piecing together the human body, blow bubbles on to dry ice, sniff different chemical compounds and take part in a scientific study.
Experts from a host of societies were also on hand to dazzle visitors with fascinating facts.
Parents Kate and Andy Muscroft, of Broom, Rotherham brought their sons Max, aged eight, and six-year-old Harry along for the show.
Mrs Muscroft said: “It’s exciting and a great way to get children interested in science.
“To have a free activity like this for families to come to is great.”
Carol Nalayeh-Barrie, of Broomhill, Sheffield, was shopping with her children when six-year-old son and Bang Goes the Theory fan Amidu dragged her inside.
She said: “The kids said ‘mum, we have to go in’.
“Amidu is a big fan and the way they present the programme is at a level children can understand. This roadshow is fantastic.”
Amidu said: “I like the programme, I like it when they do projects and experiments. We did the one with the parts of the human body. I might be a scientist one day.”