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Games Programming graduate, Lewis Charles and Alice Sjardijn, a placement student from The School of Computing & Engineering, have been working closely with the University of Huddersfield to produce an interactive app, which will play a pivotal role in its international European Researchers’ Night on Friday 30 September.

The European-wide spectacle attracts over one million people, with events simultaneously taking place across major university towns and cities each year.

Free to attend and open to all, there will be fun activities taking place across University campus, including hands-on experiments, interactive science shows, learning activities for children and guided visits of research labs, which are usually closed to the public.

The theme for the event is Full STEAM Ahead, and will showcase the University’s research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths, as well as a mystery record-breaking attempt to beat a Guinness World Record, which will be announced nearer the day. National Children’s Museum, Eureka!, will also be offering activities for the younger audience.

‌‌‌Esmay Walker, Research and Impact Officer at the University, said: “We’re delighted to be able to hold this open-door event. It gives everyone in the area a chance to see what a difference researchers make to our everyday lives in an involved, hands-on way.”

The app produced by Alice and Lewis, is a treasure trail game with a map that connects to the GPS of the device (phone or tablet) to track the locations of informational posters hung at various buildings on campus. Each poster has a QR code on it, which once scanned using the phone app enables the user to guess the image through a series of questions. The images are all close ups of various microscope images related to the senses.

Alice explains, “Eventually players will make their way to the 3M BIC, and, if they have completed the trail (the app tracks how many you have done), will get a lucky dip of 3D printed molecules, which relate to the senses as well as the research being done at each of the locations the app took you to.”

The app will also show a schedule of events and some brief information on specific research, and will be available on iTunes and Google Play Stores in the coming weeks.

For more information on the event, go to https://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2016/august/europeanresearchersnight.php

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