AN EDUCATIONAL event aimed to inspire the next generation to take interest in science and technology is returning to a Furness town.

With over 2,000 visitors attending its inaugural event last year, the hugely successful UlverSTEM festival is returning to Ulverston this November.

The event is an opportunity for young people and their families to experience Ulverston's advanced manufacturing prowess first hand.

There will be live activities, fun demonstrations and competitions run by businesses and organisation promoting how STEM subjects are used in the real world.

Attendees can find out more about artificial intelligence (AI), meet a real-life robot, try their hand at virtual reality, ride the liquid nitrogen roller coaster or just learn more about how much fun science can be.

UlverSTEM is aimed at pupils aged between 6 and 16-years-old and is an opportunity for young people and their families to find out what is on offer in the South Lakes.

Dr Michael Jeschke, Planning Team member and Chairman comments: "We had such an overwhelming response to last year’s event, the planning team have decided to extend the opening hours by two hours.

"Hopefully, this will both spread out and increase the number of visitors on the day to enable more youngsters to be inspired to continue studying STEM subjects."

In attendance, there will be a host of local leading technological businesses demonstrating their skills and how it can be applied in the real world.

Jayne Moorby, marketing manager at Oxley said: "Oxley is delighted to be part of UlverSTEM. "UlverSTEM will be a great opportunity for young people in Ulverston to learn more about these subjects and their applications in industry."

The interactive event is a collaboration between companies including: Oxley, Siemens, GSK Ulverston, FETL, Bender UK, Ulverston Community Enterprises, Ulverston Victoria High School (UVHS) and Furness College.

The event takes place on Saturday November 9 at the Coronation Hall in Ulverston between 9am-4pm.