Thousands flock to city's science fair

Robots at the UCLan science fair
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Thousands of people have flocked to Preston's three-day science fair.

The University of Central Lancashire’s free annual event has attracted around 13,000 people to its shows, workshops, exhibits and activities.

Preston police were on hand at UCLan science fair. Photo: Preston Police

Preston police were on hand at UCLan science fair. Photo: Preston Police

Among this year’s attractions are the award-winning event were Titan the Robot, a petting zoo, The Cloud Factory and the Royal Institution’s Feel The Power.

Other highlights included the maths behind Disney and Pixar films, the wonders of water plus the animal detectives.

The three-day event, which runs until the end of today, offers a wide variety of activities to inspire youngsters about the real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

The fun festival, which has been running since 2011, is running across UCLan’s Preston City Centre Campus and saw two days dedicated to primary schools from across the region with today's event open to the public.

Preston Police at UCLan science fair. Photo: Preston Police

Preston Police at UCLan science fair. Photo: Preston Police

In addition, another 7,000 teenagers have engaged with a number of science roadshows which have visited high schools across the North West.

Dr Liz Granger, Lancashire Science Festival Director, said: “It’s been amazing to see around 20,000 people on our campus and at the high school roadshows who were fully engaged with the wide variety of science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM) activities we had on offer. Every year our award-winning Lancashire Science Festival gets bigger and this year was no exception. The weather played a huge part too in bringing families of all ages out for a free summertime event.

“To see the mass appeal of a free STEM related festival is wonderful and it shows the appetite of schools and parents to bring children along and inspire the next generation.

“Our sponsors have been great again this year. It was a real team effort, with contributions from staff, students, volunteers, regional businesses and organisations and the result has been seeing thousands of youngsters leaving with huge smiles on their faces with an understanding that science is really fun.”