On Saturday and Sunday 17-18 March, LMB scientists, led by Simon Bullock and Isabel Torres, will be providing fun, hands-on activities at the Cambridge Science Festival to encourage children to learn about cells and microscopy.
Children visiting the ‘See your cells!’ stand in the Biology Zone will don lab coats and use a microscope to see their cheek cells. They will also test out their detective skills in an interactive game, which involves scrutinising various plants and insects using a stereomicroscope.
Few children have access to microscopes until sixth form and some never get the opportunity. The ‘See your cells!’ activities aim to use microscopes to spark children’s curiosity and fuel their enthusiasm for science.
‘See your cells!’ was inspired by the LMB’s Microscopes4Schools outreach programme, open to schools across Cambridgeshire. The programme has been a great success in introducing primary school children to cell biology and in inspiring teachers to perform similar science activities in the classroom.
‘See your cells!’ and Microscopes4Schools are jointly funded by the Medical Research Council and the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine.Venue: Biology Zone, Old Examination Hall, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RF
Event times: Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-3pm
Entrance: Free, ages 8+