Plankton proves popular at Super Science Saturday

Children from across Swansea flocked to the EnAlgae stand at the Super Science Saturday event in the National Waterfront Museum, curious about the bubblers on display and eager to try their hand at making their own plankton.

Naomi Ginnever and visitors-enalgae bubbler and shopStaff from the project were on hand with pipe cleaners and pom poms as well as a live feed on a TV screen showing what plankton look like under the microscope.

“It was a real hands-on experience for our young visitors,” said Dr Aditee Mitra, lecturer at CSAR. “They seemed to really enjoy making their own plankton and then we had them creating their own hats, complete with pictures of algae. It was so much fun, and the children seemed to really enjoy.

“Everyone also loved our 'shop' display, which showed a wide sample of the different products you can buy which contain plankton in some form or another. People were surprised to learn that many products they use at home every day contain plankton-derived ingredients.

Phil Kenny and daughter caitlin“British Science Week and events like Super Science Saturday are so important for us because it allows us the opportunity to engage with a much younger audience than we normally do. It was enjoyable and valuable for the staff involved as well as the children – even parents told us they’d learned a lot!”

The EnAlgae project is led by Swansea University and funded by the European Union under the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme. EnAlgae unites experts and observers from 7 EU member states to determine the potential benefits of algae as a future sustainable energy source. 

Anyone wishing to learn more about the EnAlgae project can visit www.enalgae.eu