[22-03-2007 to 22-04-2007]
Biology activities at the National Science Week Event
Staff and students from the School of Biology took part in the National Science Week activities in St Andrews on Saturday 10th March. We put on five different activities as part of the Science Discovery Day, held in the Physics Building. These ranged from: a ‘How Clean is Your House?’ display of gruesome agar plates collected from various places (perhaps better if we don’t dwell on the detail), to a marine mud-sampling activity that successfully combined mud, children and microscopes. The famous Talking Plant Cell had an outing as part of the ‘guess the size of a virus’ stand. We dispatched large volumes of red cabbage juice (at least 700 times!) to demonstrate anthocyanins and flower colour- well, the children loved the colours and the fizzes but probably didn’t learn much about the hydroxylation of the B-ring…maybe next year. For budding physiologists there were some eye-catching optical tests and realistic human dummies to take apart and put together again. Over 650 people turned up for the all-day event. Many thanks to everyone involved. Same again next year?
contact: Prof Alyson Tobin