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Activities: National Science Week

Medicine hosted a number of exciting events as part of the University of Southampton's Science Week - a national initiative to celebrate the importance of science, engineering and technology.

The event - which attracted more than 3,000 adults and children - demonstrated the importance of science, engineering and technology to the economy.

For the first time LifeLab, MRC LEU and Cancer Research UK joined forces with the Faculty of Medicine to deliver a whole host of interactive demonstrations and activities.

These helped stimulate broader thinking about science in our culture, generate discussion about the consequences of lifestyle choices and also inspire interest in the world-class research being carried out at the University.

Using a workshop designed by artist Dr Lizzie Burns, visitors had the opportunity to ‘create a body for life' whilst learning more about how to keep their bodies healthy.

Scientists from the Bone and Joint group were on hand to discuss what makes a healthy and strong skeleton - ably accompanied by ‘Henry' the skeleton.

They also discussed their innovative research and the impact it could have on people's lives.

Hands-on learning activities

In collaboration with the MRC LEU participants were able to learn more about what cancer cells look like in the activity ‘can you find the cancer cells'?

The activities proved popular with all ages and allowed researchers to engage with thousands of people.

LifeLab also took a workshop out to a local primary school. Research nurses from Cancer Research UK joined up with LifeLab to deliver the interactive sessions with children at St Johns School in Bournemouth.

60 children learnt about their organs by drawing them onto a t-shirt, using data harvesters to see their heart rate, learning how important calcium is for healthy bones and making bracelets out of UV beads that change colour in the sun. This encouraged them to be more aware of how they can have a healthier lifestyle.



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