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Museum of Science and Industry

Summer engineering days

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Engineering is everywhere—from the roads we drive on to the music we listen to. 

2018 is the Year of Engineering and we're celebrating it with summer activities and two special events that really bring engineering to life.

Engineering action

Date: Friday 3 August
Time: 10.30–16.00

What do engineers do all day? Now’s your chance to find out as we welcome a team of engineering maestros to the museum for the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Engineering Open House Day.

They’ll be joining our Explainer team for the day and helping out on our Soapy Scientists and Terrific Towers activities. Plus there’ll be even more engineering action in our brand new Conversation Space, where you can try out challenges and chat to people whose job it is to build our world.

Invent, Shape, Create: Our City

Date: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August
Time: 10.00–17.00

Cranes, games and... bees? Take a different look at engineering at our free family weekender. 
Make a mechanical paper bee, create a rocking musical instrument, save (or destroy) Manchester in a video game that you control, become a city planning super hero with the help of a Lego Discovery Centre Master Builder, join us for Pi: Platform for Investigation – Powered by Siemens to find out how diamonds are changing science, and meet the local engineers that are changing our world. Hard hats optional.

Pi: Platform for Investigation – powered by Siemens – Diamond Detectives

Time: 10.30–15.30 (Saturday only)
Age: Recommended for ages 8 and older
Location: Revolution Manchester

Shine like a diamond and find out how these sparkly gems are changing science and technology.

Building our world

Time: 10.00–17.00 (Sunday only)
Age: Recommended for ages 7 and older
Location: Revolution Manchester

Get to grips with the weird and wonderful side of engineering and meet the amazing people who build our world.

LEGO Inventors

Time: 10.00–14.00
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older 
Location: Conversation Space, Textiles Gallery

Get creative with Lego and build solutions to all of Manchester’s problems with the help of a Lego Master Builder from the LEGO Discovery Centre.

Manchester Bee Puppet Engineering 

Time: 14.30–16.30
Age: Recommended for ages 7 and older
Location: Bee Garden, Upper Yard

Engineer a mechanical Manchester bee puppet out of paper and take on the beehive building challenge.

Industrial instruments

Time: 10.00–16.00
Age: Recommended for ages 7 and older
Location: Power Hall

Join School of Noise to experiment with sounds and invent and test out instruments using unusual and unexpected objects.

Year of Engineering

Our summer engineering days are presented in association with the HM Government’s Year of Engineering programme, made possible with the generous support of:

  • Bechtel
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy