Stem Cell Generation!
The Cambridge Science Festival 2013 ran between March 11 - 24. The theme this year was Join the exploration, and an enthusiastic team of volunteers from the Stem Cell Institute made it possible for children and adults to do just that.
As a part of the Biology Zone on Science on Saturday (which ran both Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th), the Stem Cell Institute invited curious children and their adults to join in the exploration of stem cells. Visitors could enjoy a variety of games, from the hugely popular Stem Cell Bingo to the giant board game ‘Start as a stem cell!’, provided by EuroSyStem.
Children curious to try their hand at science could don lab coats, goggles and gloves and start a simulated stem cell experiment. Instructed by researchers and students from the Stem Cell Institute, the Cell Pet experiment let young visitors experience how real scientists work.
Meanwhile, adults could pursue all sorts of information about stem cells, from posters to a short film showing on a screen. There was also an interactive computer quiz to test their knowledge on the subject.
The volunteers worked tirelessly through two incredibly busy days, and were delighted by how many interested people stopped by to play, talk and join the exploration of stem cells.