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Tales from the Workshop…

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Wed 21 May 2014, Jen

Tales from the Workshop…

In this first instalment from our new series ‘Tales from the Workshop’, we’re going behind the scenes with our Exhibitions team as we gear up for the opening of our brand new exhibition ‘Food’, opening at the end of July.

Recently we’ve been out and about at Make Sundays Special, Food Connections Festival and at the Daylesford Summer Festival – we’ve been testing some tasty science experiments and also giving people a sneak peek at some of our exhibits as we took our prototypes out for the first time.

Make Sundays Special

Pop Goes the Kernel! 

One of the key exhibits for Food, and one that you might have helped us test during the Food Connections Festival, is our amazing popcorn bike machine! This exhibit showcases how to pop a popcorn kernel using a bit of old-fashioned arm cranking power combined with some high-tech LED lights!

Food Connections

On our last visit to the workshop, it certainly looked and sounded like an engineering challenge with so many variables to contend with.  The team have been devising an ingenious solution that makes sure all of the all-important energy is directed in the right way – to making corn pop. At the time of writing, the workshop team had trialled and tested over six different set-ups; science and engineering in action!

Modifications have involved changing the position of the lights and lenses to ensure even coverage of the kernel, while the trough ensures kernels are held in the same position.

Next we looked at making sure all of our visitors could pop their own corn so we made changes to the hand crank. The latest update has involved changing the white LED lights to blue, as blue light is better absorbed by the yellow kernel.  This maximises the amount of light energy that gets absorbed, all helping to pop that kernel!

And after seeing it in action the workshop team have a couple more changes up their sleeves…

Daylesfood Festival

To find out more visit www.at-bristol.org.uk/food , and keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment  of Tales from the Workshop.

 

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How to make honeycomb - The Science of Sweets

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Fri 16 May 2014,

What's the difference between toffee and fudge? What makes the bubbles in honeycomb? Sarah and David of the Live Science Team investigate the science of sweets as they show you how to make honeycomb treats in your kitchen at home.

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Future Sushi!

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Fri 9 May 2014,

As our population grows and the climate changes, what are some of the foods we might have to eat more of in the future?  Ross Exton from the Live Science Team went to After Hours last night to tuck into some surprising sushi....

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What Makes Things Glow in the Dark?

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Fri 2 May 2014,

Ever wondered just how some things glow in the dark? Here's Nerys and Will of the Live Science Team to shed light on to the science of glowing, as they investigate deep sea fish, fireworks, and flame-guns!

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What Does the Liver Do?

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Fri 4 April 2014,

What exactly does your liver do?  How does your body get rid of toxins?  Here's Nerys from the Live Science Team to investigate how enzymes help our bodies work (with the help of a pig's liver!):

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What's Inside the Lungs?

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Fri 4 April 2014,

Join Ross for a breathtaking (literally!) journey through some lungs:

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How To Make A Chicken!

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Fri 4 April 2014,

What's the difference between an egg and a chicken? Can a boiled egg have a chick inside the shell? Ross Exton and Joel Sanderson of the Live Science Team investigate the secrets of life, from hatching chicks to genes and DNA...

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How to Walk on Red-hot Coals: The Science of Firewalking

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Fri 28 March 2014,

Things are really hotting up in our latest video as Ross explores the physics behind firewalking!  With thanks to St Peters Hospice, who let us film their sponsored Firewalk, and put Ross through his paces!

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Do Try This at Home: How to Make a Rocket

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Fri 21 March 2014,

How do you launch a rocket into space? Can you make a rocket at home? Sarah and Violaine of the Live Science Team show you everything you need to know about rocket science!

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Making a Spectacle of Science

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Mon 17 March 2014, Written by: Chris

With over 55,000 school visitors each year, every week is popular with school groups arriving on school trips.  But there's one special week in the year when At-Bristol welcomes more groups than usual.

National Science & Engineering Week starts this week and sees 3,700 primary and secondary students from Bristol, the wider South West and even France and Germany come to experience At-Bristol's hands-on activities. 

National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW) is a ten-day national programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK aimed at people of all ages. As a leading science centre, we're playing our part by running a packed programme of 48 classroom workshops and science theatre shows, 25 Planetarium star shows and non-stop activities on Live Lab for the visiting school groups. All this alongside the hundreds of interactive exhibits!  It's shaping up to be a fantastic celebration of the role science plays in our lives. 

We've not stopped there, though. After all, NSEW comes only once a year and we want to make 2014 the biggest yet. A new creation, The Spectacular Science Show is being specially written for school groups visiting in science week to examine the work of scientists, understand how we know what we know about the world around us, and  to look at how discoveries and developments in technology can help us learn more and more about the world.

For months now, Becky and John from the Learning team have been secretly developing this science show on a scale never before attempted in At-Bristol! So big in fact, that we're taking over the top floor of At-Bristol (normally off-limits to the public)!   We've caught glimpses of banana trees, light sabers and laser beams recently, suggesting John and Becky are creating a show that really explores the weird and wonderful discoveries of science. One thing we can guarantee is that the high-energy half-hour will be packed full of lively fun demonstrations and lots of audience participation for the 7-14 year olds in the 900-strong audience each day.

At-Bristol's values as a charity include working to promote creativity and offer fun, inspiring and memorable experiences. It's the reason we're such a popular school trip destination. I know this show will be something all the children in the audience remember for a long time and, importantly, it will help showcase science as a dynamic, exciting and diverse career choice for the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel to experience the spectacle for yourself, if you're not lucky enough to be one of the thousands of school children booked into this sell-out show.

 

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