Better Stronger Faster at W5 : 18 – 21 February 2016


In the modern world of sport, cutting-edge science is being employed to develop new materials, equipment and techniques, all with the aim of making us better, stronger, faster!

W5 is teaming up with Queen’s University Belfast, Sport Northern Ireland’s Sports Institute, Ulster University, Greenpower Education Trust and others to bring you four fun days of interactive sports exhibits, displays, inspirational talks, demonstrations and workshops.

In addition to Formula Student single seater racing cars from Queen’s University and Ulster University, our interactive exhibition area will include a stunning full size Formula One car with the latest simulation software! Can you set the fastest lap on one of the world’s most famous racetracks? Also on display will be electric racing cars designed and built by local schools as part of the Greenpower electric car challenge.

Why not tackle a virtual rugby player, check your reaction time or see if you can jump as high as a top basketball player! How good is your iron shot? Find out in the golf simulator; and our range of visual sports simulators will allow you to test your skill and your nerves as you kick conversions in rugby or take penalties against a virtual goalkeeper in an intense stadium environment.

Better. Stronger. Faster. is part of the NI Science Festival and is FREE with admission to W5. 

*The full size Formula One car will be on display from 10am-5pm, Thursday-Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Visitors are able to take part in virtual races from 11am-5pm Thursday-Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sunday. The minimum age recommended is 13 years old.


Special Day of Activity: Saturday 20 February

The Science and Medicine behind Sporting Success – 12.30pm

In this lecture theatre discussion and Q&A session, a team of experts from Sport Northern Ireland’s Sports Institute will take you behind the scenes and reveal some of the science and medicine that sits behind high performance sport.

The Physics of Martial Arts – 2.30pm

Master Robert Howard (7th Degree Master in Taekwondo) will give a lecture on The Physics of Martial Arts, checking if his physics is correct by smashing timber and tiles.

Fitness Genes

Join in a workshop to do some hands on laboratory work with Stratified Medicine scientists to find out how our test subjects genes are affecting their fitness levels and how you can help them improve their fitness and health.

Are Stem Cells the Answer?

Take part in high speed stem cell game where you begin life as a stem cell and determine your own cell fate. In the process, find out how stem cells can be used and abused in sport.



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