Robots invaded the Winter Gardens this week for Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering, which is bringing together some of the brightest industry minds to encourage learning.
Part of British Science Week, the festival runs throughout March 2017 and sees technology demonstrations and installations across the city.
Led by both University of Sheffield and Hallam University and partnered with industry, a focus of the festival is to present scientific learning in a fun and engaging way.
Andrew Bullough, an ex-science teacher turned education specialist at Hallam University, is leading some of these sessions, teaching children about science in an engaging way. In one session he invited home-schooled children to learn about sea creatures and make their own.
Speaking about the festival he said: “It’s about skills, about being able to be creative, about being able to work in teams, about being able to share your ideas and communicate them.
“It’s really fun, it’s great to see lots of really good ideas coming in from children.”
He hopes to continue these sessions outside of the festival, and expand the access to learning that home-schooled children receive.
The festival isn’t just for younger minds; a lecture from Nobel prize winner Sir Fraser Stoddart, industry conferences, projections of films on buildings and PhD academics having to explain their theories over a pint to a pub audience.
The festival runs till the end of March, with more information here.