Bridgewater Canal and ScienceX are celebrating the ten-day event of science, technology, engineering and maths with imaginative experiences for children and families.

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths running from March 8th until the 17th.

British Science Week is run by the British Science Association which runs events and activities to engage people of all ages throughout the UK.

There are three events for British Science Week taking place in Salford for the community to get involved in, hosted by Bridgewater Canal and ScienceX.

Educator at Bridgewater Canal, Kate Charnock said: “This years theme of British Science Week is Journeys and we are very lucky to have a wealth of material along Salford’s Bridgewater Canal that will help us to think about journeys”.

Bridgewater Canal will be hosting two workshops for the event, Game On! and The Unusual Bridgewater Botanists Club.

Both events will be held at Worsley Court House on Sunday the 10th of March at 10 until 11.45am and again at 12.30 until 2.15pm

Kate said: “Both workshops are very different and look at science in different ways but both have the canal in common, enabling children and families to think about where we are going and how we get there in unusual and imaginative ways”.

The Unusual Bridgewater Botanists Club will be using the extent of Bridgewater Canal to explore the theme of Journeys.

Attendees will be able to join Angie Thompson in plant hunting and botanical illustration and participate in planting, detecting, collecting and sketching.

A retro computer game design workshop, Game On!, whereby you will be taught the basics of creating a computer game using Bridgewater Canal as inspiration.

The workshop will be led by Mako Create and will use the inspiration from where Bridgewater Canal is going, where it’s been, the tunnels, bridge and bends along the way.

Children will finish with a computer game designed by themselves for their friends and family to play.

Tickets and information for the events can be found at Bridgewater Canal.

The two events will provide two different views of science, Kate says: “Game On! will transport them into a two dimensional computer game where they negotiate twists, turns, tunnels and bridges of this world-changing waterway.

“The Unusual Bridgewater Botanists Club will take them outside onto the canal itself so they can explore the wonderful world of plant detecting, becoming scientists for the day as they sketch, label and learn about the plants along it’s banks”.

ScienceX is also running an event for British Science Week at the Intu Trafford Centre, on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th.

It will be a free festival for children to experiment and have fun with science and engineering. The activities will run from 10am until 6pm and will include robots, race cars and scientists and engineers from The University of Manchester. Children will be able to experience sitting behind the wheel of Formula 1 car, discover virtual reality and learn how to make a cloud.

Information can be found on their Facebook Page.

Events for British Science Week events can be organised by anyone and organizers are provided with free resources for activities.

Information on running events for British Science Week and participating in events can be found on Science Live.

To take part in British Science Week, anyone can also get involved with their Citizen Science Project.

For British Science Week they have found two decades of important historical weather data that has never been digitised.

And they are looking for help to rectify them.

During the week they are setting out it make a start on the digitization of 2.5 million pieces of data from the 1860 up until 1880.

The public will be helping to uncover and digitise the historic weather records. To help build on current environmental information, answer questions about the climate and solve unanswered questions.

During British Science Week the public will be able to get involved by visiting Zooniverse.

Photograph Credit: Science X

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