The #ScienceX team brings together groups from across the University for a weekend-long science extravaganza which takes over Manchester’s intu Trafford Centre and in 2016 also the Chill Factore. ScienceX is a big change from the traditional science festivals due to this unusual but exciting environment. The staff and student team behind the event, are able to engage with a different and more varied audience than usual – particularly those who would be unlikely to seek out a science event and may know little about universities.
The collaboration allows the team and Faculty to engage with over 10,000 across the weekend, people from a varied demographic of age, ethnicity and experience of higher education. Feedback reported how 99.7% of visitors enjoyed the activities. Comments from attendees shows the enthusiasm which was visible to see “it was fun and awesome, I liked everything!”, “I love learning about space and inventions… hopefully I will do it some day” and “It was a fun surprise for my son who loves science”. 51% of attendees were pre-school/primary school age and audiences came from across the North West. The event was so successful; the team at intu Trafford Centre are welcoming ScienceX back again later this year.