Swansea University’s College of Science took its research out into the community to engage in science activities with families and young children.

NoctilucaAs part of its Super Science Sunday event for British Science Week, a range of fun activities were on offer yesterday at the National Waterfront Museum, including:-

  • animal adaptations*
  • mighty mussels experiment*
  • robotics  
  • marine biology

Earlier in the week, primary school pupils from across Swansea were also treated to a tour of the University research vessel, the RV Noctiluca last week, where they got to explore the variety of beasties that live in the waters around Swansea Bay. 

Will Kay, a PhD student in Biological Sciences, said: ‘The children were incredibly enthusiastic about holding and learning about the kind of animals found in Swansea Bay. Some of the pupils really wanted for us to catch a mermaid, so we have promised to run the session again next year in the hope of catching one!’

Starfish

Families and pupils also got the chance to program Lego Mindstorm cars and manoeuvre them through a maze with support from the University’s Technocamps project.

Professor Matt Jones, Head of the College of Science at Swansea University, ‘Having families and young children work with us in this sort of event is something we really value – science at Swansea is all about creativity, adventure and curiosity and the visitors brought these qualities in bucketfulls! The Biosciences team excelled themselves providing cutting edge experiments highlighting the great research that is currently being undertaken here in Swansea and I am also grateful to the Technocamps project who provided opportunities for members of the public to learn new programming skills.’


*These experiments were run by the S4 Project, which is funded by the National Science Academy.