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cake science

This last week has been Manchester Science Festival week and has been absolutely manically busy! The University of Bolton hosted two days of events forthe festival, showcasing the best in cutting edge scientific research, exciting experiments, explosions and fun challenges. Everything was aimed at families with children aged 5+. Judging by the smiles and enthusiasm, a great time was had by all.

The whole event was based on the theme of The Science of Cake. Everything kicked off with “What’s missing in this cake?”  Everyone was shown the five main ingredients in a cake with a brief explanation of the science behind what each one did. Tasting session optional. Everyone was then given a tour of different science projects in action, where they picked up clues to the identity of the missing ingredient. The first letter of each answer spelt out what was missing. The prize for getting the answer? A delicious cupcake, courtesy of Cakes by Beth. These went down very well indeed!

The cupcakes were a selection of chocolate and vanilla sponge, topped with a swirl of chocolate of vanilla buttercream and a scattering of M&Ms; chocolate ones for the chocolate cakes and crispy ones for the vanilla. There were many, MANY cupcakes to be had as the number of attendees was completely unprecedented. Roll on next year for an even bigger event!

And the poster that kicked off the whole event!

A sneaky peak at some of the bright and exciting scientific displays:

To see the rest, you’ll have to book on the tour next year, where we’ll be showcasing even more new and innovative discoveries and inventions! Keep an eye on www.bolton.ac.uk for updates on the latest opportunities to come and visit.