A family friendly activity celebrating Biology Week, International Year of Light, and the fascinating organisms in the nature world that can generate their own light.
You are invited to the Family Festival of Science, taking place in the Theatre of Thomas Hardye School, on Saturday 10th October, between 13:00 – 17:00, where you can bask In the Light of Nature – a family activity to showcase nature’s light-producing organisms, from microbes and jellyfish to angler fish and mushrooms, and the scientists that discovered these remarkable biological abilities, from Aristotle to Darwin and the late Hastings. There will be a number of other fun science activities going on at the festival and everyone is welcome to drop in and take part.
Bioluminescence – the ability of some organisms to emit light – is found everywhere on Earth; phytoplankton in the oceans, angler fish in the deep-sea, jellyfish, bacteria, insects, mushrooms. The applications of bioluminescence are nowadays many, being used in the detection of microbial contamination in beef and water, locating cancer cells, or finding out about the circuits of the human brain.
Visitors will have the chance to see microscope observations of living light-producing micro-algae and bacteria, as well as large-screen projections of high-definition images of charismatic bioluminescent organisms and the scientists that discovered them. There will also be the chance to make your own microscope preparations.
There is no need to book, just turn up on the day. All are welcome and the events are all family friendly.