Live From Jodrell Bank announces Science Arena activities

Posted on 25 June 2013
By Paige Gardiner
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Multi-Award winning Live From Jodrell Bank series have announced Science Arena activity for its 2013 Transmissions.

Science activity includes The Universe From Jodrell Bank, Noisy Toys, Explore The Earth And The Solar System, Science Behind The Music, Light For Life, Physics In The Field, Large Hadron Collider, Sound Lab and much more.

The Australian Pink Floyd perform a celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Dark Side Of The Moon with support from Hawkwind and more

New Order curate a one off show which will be headlined by the Manchester music legends with support from Johnny Marr while Icelandic post rock act Sigur Rós perform with support from Poliça.

Manchester symphony orchestra the Hallé present Close Encounters, an evening of classical music inspired by the stars on the final night of the transmissions.

Highlights from the Science Arena include:

Explore the Universe with Jodrell Bank: Find out how astronomers at Jodrell Bank use telescopes across the world and in space to learn more about the Universe. Meet the scientists in a series of short talks on topics from the Big Bang to the search for Earth-like planets, find out who’s hot and who’s cool while you explore the invisible Universe and get hands-on with telescopes.

Noisy Toys: Come and get your Nose Tested on our brand new Mobile Experiment Trolley! The Noise Technicians will also test a selection of vegetables; animate some Goop and fire lentils around with Bass Power from our hacked Hard Drives. Follow the BOOOOM!!

Exploring the Earth and Solar System: Venture into the fascinating world of planetary science with our collection of real moon and meteorite samples and thin sections – learn about how the world we live on formed and how it has changed since then! Be sure to check out our meteorite impacting experiment, reprocess your very own planet surface with our volcano experiment and don’t forget to plan out your very own space exploration mission!

Science behind the Music: Learn all about sound, and how it’s used to make music. Make musical instruments out of carrots, speakers out of plastic cups, and other hands-on experiments to try and do.

Chemistry Glows!: Learn why things glow in the dark, make your own glow or coloured polymer gloop and be able to see that some everyday objects around us are radioactive and that it is safe. All the activities are interactive and safe.

Graphene – Unexpected Science in a Pencil Line: Visitors will be able to make their own graphene using sticky tape and graphite and observe the graphene under an optical microscope. Visitors will also be able to explore the
atomic structure of graphene using a virtual transmission electron microscope app.

Light for Life: Light is being used to enhance our lives in the 21st century. Hands on demonstrations will be provided on how light can be used to study basic science, generate clean energy and monitor health.

Physics in the Field: Visitors have the chance to observe and partake in science demonstrations. These demonstrate various physical phenomena using household items such as growing marshmallows in a vacuum.


Cell Cookies: Make tasty treats and learn about the cells in your body. We’ll see microscope images showing the inside of human cells and decorate cookies to look like them.

Large Hadron Collider: The STFC exhibit features stunning and iconic science images with interactive exhibits demonstrating how the UK is playing a leading role in the world’s biggest scientific experiment, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva recreating the conditions existing a billionth of a second after the beginning of the Universe.


#Scanners By AlbinoMosquito: Scanners is a new immersive art installation that literally reads your brain waves allows you use the power of your thoughts to edit the film you are watching.

Sound Lab: A tonoscope is an acoustic device that allows you to see beautiful patterns which are created by the sound of your voice.

Plants that bite back: Come and examine up close the many ways carnivorous plants can catch their unsuspecting prey. Try to identify the contents of a trap (insect heads, decomposing bees …..?).

For tickets available at various prices, visit