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Southampton Science at the Big Bang Fair 2015

Published: 25 March 2015

Scientists from Psychology and from Law represented the University at the recent Big Bang Fair 2015. Dr Sarah Stevenage and Ms Alison Knight delivered over 20 workshops to nearly 700 children across four days.

The workshops showcased the results of a multi-million pound project examining markers of physical and digital identity.

The children engaged in a highly interactive set of activities which invited them to use thermal, infrared and ultraviolet cameras to spot unique features within their hands. They also enjoyed examining the way they walked both when they moved normally, and when their walking pattern was altered by shoes or heavy bags. Finally, they explored how much they revealed, perhaps unwittingly, when they created avatars online.

‘The entire set of activities was designed to illustrate the excitement and value that science holds for us as researchers’ said Dr Stevenage. ‘If, as a result, we encourage more children into STEM disciplines through these fun activities, then our job is done.’

You can find out more about the workshops delivered at the Big Bang Fair by visiting


Creating an avatar
Selecting characteristics
The finished product
The Hand Stand
Specialist cameras
Unique hand features
Exploring gait
The Identity Detectives team!

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