As part of the eagerly anticipated launch of Glasshouse at Alderley Park, Bruntwood SciTech welcomed over 2,000 guests to Microdot at Alderley Park on Saturday 15 February.
A day of family-friendly activities co-curated by the team behind the award-winning bluedot Festival, the event was specially designed for budding scientists and tech buffs alike.
GAIA – the huge Earth installation by artist Luke Jerram – was the centrepiece of the day and made an impressive statement against the backdrop of Alderley Park’s beautiful surroundings. Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features highly detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and provided a unique opportunity to see our amazing planet on this scale, floating in three dimensions.
For those who wanted to unwind and de-stress, early morning YOGA classes were available, courtesy of Everybody Sport & Recreation, and took place directly underneath the award-winning installation.
Families were invited to help bring tech to life with two fun interactive shows: Who wants to be a Superhero – linking superhero powers to scientists and engineers, and Music to Your Ears – exploring the basics of sound to more complex aspects of music, hosted by award-winning science communication company Science Made Simple.
Cheshire based Skills Supply were on hand for some fast-paced drone action, teaching families to fly ultra-stable drones and pit their skills against other racers around custom-made courses.
Children’s event experts Sharky and George were also on hand to keep young ones entertained with a host of fun science-themed games and activities throughout the day. Art loving children were invited to create their own kaleidoscopes and paper airplanes in craft sessions with Pop Up and Play.
Standing 9ft tall, Bounce Bot and his trusty scientist controller thrilled crowds with their energetic interactive performances whilst face painters decorated little faces with space and science-themed artwork.
Alderley Park – is home to a world-class science campus dedicated to discovery and new ideas.
It is a base for progressive businesses, rich in new thinking. A place for dynamic modern living, with new homes, new gym and sports facilities, plus, a new pub and restaurant set to open in Spring 2020. The 150,000 sq ft Glasshouse is the Park’s latest opening offering a range of commercial workspace for forward-thinking, innovative businesses and entrepreneurs.