Campus in the City column: virtual reality impresses

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We welcomed some rather unusual visitors during our seventh week in St Nics, writes co-manager Lindsey King.

The collection of creatures, which included spiders, lizards, turtles and a pug called Eric, that joined us for the ‘Talking About Animals’ event on Tuesday, were very popular with our human visitors, and were (mostly) very well-behaved!

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They didn’t seem to mind our discussion about the different words we used to describe them and how this affected the way we felt about them.

Our popular Oculus Rift virtual reality event on Saturday saw three superheroes (pictured) dropping in to say hello and try out the technology. They left very impressed after having a go on the system, which works by closing off the outside world so that you really feel like you’re inside the game, and described the experience as ‘awesome.’

The theme of unusual visitors continues during our ‘Science Hunters’ event which takes place on Saturday April 30. Science Hunters is a university project which looks to engage children with the sciences through helping them build a range of different items, including caves and chemical compounds, in Minecraft. They also bring their passion to after-school clubs around the area. At ‘Science Hunters’ the team will look at lots of different scientific questions including how volcanoes are formed and what insects are made of. We will also be joined by some real-life insects, courtesy of the Creepy Crawly Roadshow.

Some of the other events we will be bringing include: a day of music, theatre and activities celebrating Morecambe’s seaside heritage on Friday April 29, a second visit from our Defying Dementia team, the first of three visits from Babylab, who will demonstrate how young children learn about the world around them through play, on May 4.