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MORE than 700 lo­cal chil­dren came to­gether to cel­e­brate sci­ence at the City Foot­ball Academy as part of the Greater Manch­ester Great Sci­ence Share.

Hosted by City in the Com­mu­nity, in con­junc­tion with the Univer­sity of Manch­ester, the event saw pupils from 70 dif­fer­ent schools cel­e­brate the shar­ing of sci­ence and ed­u­ca­tion.

Sup­ported by the Univer­sity of Manch­ester’s Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Hub, the pro­gramme was de­signed and de­vel­oped by chil­dren for chil­dren.

Pro­vid­ing a cre­ative and ex­cit­ing plat­form for the young­sters to present their own ideas, the top­ics up for dis­cus­sion in­cluded ‘What makes the best ex­treme sport hel­met?’ and ‘What’s the sci­ence be­hind the sport we play?’

Health of­fi­cer Olivia Lough­lin said: “This event has pro­vided an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to come to­gether and learn about sci­ence in an ex­cit­ing and cre­ative way and it was great to see pupils en­cour­ag­ing one an­other to share their own ex­pe­ri­ences and ideas.”

In ad­di­tion to their in­di­vid­ual projects, pupils ex­plored an in­flat­able Manch­ester Mu­seum, gazed at the stars in the plan­e­tar­ium and took part in The Great Sci­ence Grove, a be­spoke work­shop com­bin­ing sci­ence and art.

“This year the chil­dren pre­sented some won­der­ful and en­gag­ing ideas, which they shared with each other,” said Dr Lynne Bi­nachi from the Univer­sity of Manch­ester.

“To hear chil­dren talk­ing sci­ence in the way they did filled the adults with awe.

“This was truly a day for them.

“What makes The Great Sci­ence Share so unique is that it’s run by chil­dren for chil­dren, it’s their sci­ence sto­ries be­ing shared and pri­mary sci­ence be­ing val­ued and vis­i­ble.” ●

Chil­dren tak­ing part in the sci­ence chal­lenges

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