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Into the blue Manchester - Exhibitors

What can you see at Into the blue Manchester?

We will have forty exhibits staffed by our scientists, who are some of the best in the world. They will show visitors how environmental science affects your life, from why you breathe out methane, what happens when it floods and what climate change means for our lives, to how to build a model volcano and what litter does to our rivers. We will also have a full mock-up of the research aircraft to explore for those not lucky enough to win a tour of the real thing.

Stands and activities

Some of the stands and activities are detailed below. The full list of exhibitors (PDF, 137KB) is now also available.

Young Scientists - The 5th Element

Become a scientist for the day by taking part in some awesome experiments from simulating a tornado to building a volcano. This stand will use videos and interactive games to inspire young people's interest in research in a changing world, with a particular focus on protecting sharks from extinction. Come and discover how you can make a difference - and make friends with Monty the shark!

Environmental chemistry and detecting pollution

How do humans pollute water, land and the atmosphere? And what role does chemistry play? We will simulate of the formation of smog and rapid ocean acidification to bring the issue of pollution to life in this interactive display, where hands-on water testing and filtration let you play the role of environmental consultants in highlighting the consequences of pollution.

Kid dressing up in Antarctic clothing
Into the blue exhibits

Lab in the sky - Atmospheric measurements from a large aircraft

Here's your chance to experience a scientific flight on the UK's most advanced atmospheric research aircraft. Take a seat in a mock-up of the aircraft cabin and don your headphones for a real-life recording of research in action. To complete the picture, instruments will take measurements of the gases in the exhibition hall and provide a live feed of data from the remote monitoring station in Cape Verde.

Living Earth

Why is the North cold? Did dinosaurs die out due to lack of enthusiasm? What did Primordial Soup taste like? Find out the answers and much more on a journey through the Earth's history. You are invited to help construct a 5-ft globe out of natural and recycled material like plastic bottles and fishing nets. Learn as you build, from the basics of plate tectonics, climate zones and life, to the complex processes that shape our beautiful, living planet today.

Woman with baby looking at large Earth globe
Scientist showing experiment to girl

Live talks

There will also be a programme of live talks throughout the week.

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Into the blue Manchester is part of the Manchester Science Festival - external link 2016.