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13 June, 2014 - 08:19 By Tony Quested

Cambridge Science Centre engineers innovation without frontiers


Families bold enough to set aside the suntan lotion and barbecue briquettes this summer have been handed the chance to trample down innovation frontiers in a test of extreme engineering at a Cambridge UK science & technology hub.

Cambridge Science Centre has joined forces with the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University to challenge families to build and test their own ideas.

Visitors to the Extreme Engineering exhibition, which opens to the public at the science centre (18 Jesus Lane, Cambridge) on July 24 will receive plenty of stimulation to trigger their inspiration.

They will get to discover how we build the world’s tallest and strongest buildings, how shrinking electronics is radically changing our lives, and how to go really fast (and slow things back down – including bullets!).

The science of speed, construction and miniaturisation will be explored through brand new hands-on exhibits, amazing objects and lively science shows.

The centre has worked closely with research groups within the Department of Engineering to bring this exhibition to life. The summer programme will be packed with opportunities for the public to meet research engineers in Cambridge and get a feel for the projects they are working on.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, head of the Department, said: “The Department of Engineering has really enjoyed working alongside the Cambridge Science Centre on this exhibition. Showcasing the incredible scope of engineering through exhibitions like this is a great way to capture the interest of young people.”

Since opening last year, the science centre has had nearly 40,000 visitors. The ‘Extreme Engineering’ exhibition is a major update to the exhibition floor and it will offer a great experience to new and repeat visitors alike. This exhibition and its event programme is sponsored by ARM, MathWorks and Microsoft Research.

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