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Fancy helping an inventor, trying some soldering, building a robot or playing a tune on a banana? That’s right—MakeFest is back! 

As part of our celebrations for the Year of Engineering, MakeFest once again welcomes tinkerers, coders and artists from all over the North West and beyond, to show off their skills and get you to try it yourself, have some fun, and maybe even discover a secret talent.

Ticketed activities

Please note that for these ticketed activities, each child must be accompanied by one adult. If there are multiple children in your group, each one must be supervised by a different adult.

Gadget Factory – Edinburgh Science Festival/Siemens

Age: Ages 8 and older only
Time: 10.15, 11.30, 12.45, 14.30 and 15.45
Duration: 1 hour

Try your hand at soldering your own light-up badge. Tickets are required; you can book online now, or a limited number of tickets will be available on the day from reception. 

Code a drone workshop – University of Salford

Age: Suitable for ages 10 and older

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a drone! Learn how to code and fly drones, then take them on a search and rescue mission with the Morson Maker Space from the University of Salford, lead education sponsor for Manchester Science Festival. Chat to researchers to find out more, and even take a VR tour (the VR to is suitable for ages 13 and older only). Book your tickets now.

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Other highlights

Marvellous Maker weekend – Little inventors

Age: Suitable for ages 7 and older

On Saturday you can watch the Little Inventors team build prototypes of designs from kids across the North West, bringing their inventions to life and competing to make the design a reality. Plus, on both days, have a go at making your own pair of goggles to take home.

Building the World – Institution of Civil Engineers

Age: Suitable for all ages

Join a mass ‘build off’ with the Institution of Civil Engineers using Lego, straws and tetrahedrons to explore how some shapes are stronger than others and how civil engineers help build our world.

Other activities

  • Leigh Hackspace with lots of wacky activities, including the chance to play a musical banana
  • University of Manchester’s Robot Orchestra robot making
  • Creating binary keyrings with Manchester Girl Geeks
  • Fabric printing with our very own Explainer team
  • The magnificent machines of the North West Meccano Guild
  • Steampunk decoupage
  • Create your own app
  • Crack the code on a binary sweet machine

Try everything, make something, and get your geek on at MakeFest 2018.

MakeFest 2018 is in association with the HM Government’s Year of Engineering programme made possible with the generous support of: