Explore Minecraft at Light Up Lancaster science weekend

October 29, 2019

Fans of the hit computer game Minecraft will love learning about science as part of this weekend's Light Up Lancaster event.

'Flights of Fancy' - a weekend of out-of-this-world scientific activities at Lancaster Library this Friday (November 1) and Saturday (November 2) - is part of the two-day citywide festival of light, art and fireworks.

The Family Zone at the library will be packed with workshops, exhibits and interactive experiences run by Lancaster University, starting at 5.30pm both days and running until 10pm on Friday and 7.30pm on Saturday.

They will include the opportunity for children to explore coral reefs through the Minecraft game, and Ring Life - a chance for families to experience what it would be like to live in a planetary ring through virtual reality goggles.

The Aurora Room will present an immersive experience of lights and sounds, while visitors will be able to take an interactive quiz with ISS images and live footage as part of Light up the Earth – Reflecting on our Planet.

Visitors can also discover how air pollutants move around the globe through the atmosphere and can not only watch Jupiter’s aurora phenomenon but also listen to it through a film.

Professor Dame Sue Black, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in Light up Lancaster for a second year.

"The festival is an exciting and unforgettable way to explore our city, and experience the rich artistic talent we have within the community. 

“We can’t wait to bring our research to life as part of this celebration of Lancaster. Our academics will be in the library exploring the rings of Saturn with virtual reality glasses, discovering coral reef ecosystems through Minecraft and witnessing Lancaster’s very own version of the Northern Lights. Please come and join them. 

“Participating in the festival is just one of the ways in which we engage with our local community and we are very proud to be working with the Light up Lancaster team once again this year.”

Away from the library, Lancaster Arts is partnering with More Music to present 'Magic Islands in Space' created by musician Ben McCabe, dancer Anni Tracy and digital artist David Boultbee.

They will transform the Storey Auditorium into a retro sci-fi landscape for very young children and their families. 

The Confucius Institute will also be contributing to the 'Museum of the Moon' installation at the Priory Church. 

Sophie Bentley from Lancaster University will talk more about the weekend's activities at Lancaster Library when she appears on Greg Lambert's weekly show The Resident on Beyond Radio tonight (October 29) at 6pm.