Live Lab

The Live Lab is a dedicated space in the Exploration Zone where we can showcase short demonstrations and hands-on science activities for our visitors on Family Days. Sometimes these activities are run by local experts, giving families a chance to meet and talk to visiting scientists about their research.

Live Lab activities give families an opportunity to learn more about different areas of science and provide children and adults with opportunities to design and carry out their own short experiments. Children can develop their science skills and vocabulary and really feel like scientists!

The development of the Live Lab programme has been supported by the Evolution Education Trust as well as by local scientists providing activities. Live Lab sessions run regularly but may not happen every Saturday; please check the Family Day details when you book for confirmation.

Live Lab activities include:

Indicators: Find out more about these special chemical ‘detectives’. Make your own indicator and use it to test and experiment with a range of household products.

Seeing Differently: Look at different types of visual impairment with a range of special glasses. Can you still read an eye chart, unlock a box, find an object or make a cup of tea?

Snail Racing: Learn more about snails, their habitats, adaptations and behaviours, and how to care for them as pets. Test your understanding with a bet on a snail race!

Strawberry DNA: Find out more about inheritance and our ‘recipe for life’. Why is life so varied and can you design and carry out your own experimental method for getting the DNA out of a strawberry?

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