10 April 2017 14:44

Get to grips with flooding through a novel educational tool, enjoy a stunning performance of Legally Blonde or maybe try your hand at working with a Raspberry Pi computer.

These are just a handful of the 80-plus exciting events lined up for Lancaster University’s Community Day on Saturday, May 6.

The University is throwing open its doors once again in a bid to provide an insight into campus life and build even stronger links with the regional community.

The action-packed programme of imaginative and innovative activities, running from 11am until 4pm, is a free event, with something for all ages and interests

The event will showcase some of the University’s world-class teaching and research, feature activities from student groups and provide a glimpse of the excellent facilities on site.

You can get ‘hands-on’ with our ‘Sandbox’, an augmented reality flood simulator which doubles up as an educational tool and which simulates the impact of rainfall on various hill slopes.

In addition to learning about the water cycle and flooding, visitors will also be encouraged to think about how this knowledge can be used to inform the location of housing developments and infrastructure.

With the impacts of Storm Desmond still fresh in the mind of Lancaster residents, this is sure to be a popular activity.

Or why not enjoy Lancaster University Theatre Group’s amazing performance of ‘Legally Blonde’.

This superb show-stopper and demonstration of student talent, which tracks the Harvard life of blonde bombshell Elle Woods, will take place in the Nuffield Theatre, with two performances, one a matinee, on the Community Day.

The show is suitable for all, especially families - although parental guidance is advised.

Or, for the more technically-minded, why not join the computer lab activity and work with Raspberry Pi computers to code Minecraft and other cool things. This is for kids aged eight to 15 (and big kids too).

Community Day organiser Joe Buglass said: “We have worked hard to make sure there’s something here for people of all ages and interests. Whether or not you’ve been onto campus before, please come along and take a look around – you might find a new hobby or learn something amazing!”

Visitors will also be able to:

  • Find out what their smartphone says about them with our psychologists
  • Try out a storytelling machine
  • Join the search for Spiny the Hedgehog with our new phone app
  • Enjoy a range of campus tours, talks, performances, hands-on activities and more!

You can simply drop in on the day – no booking necessary. If you are interested in receiving more details about this free event, please email us at public-events@lancaster.ac.uk and we will provide further details over the coming weeks.