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April 2015

Family fun day at the University

(17 April 2015)

Children and adults alike will get a chance to check out slime mould and pitch themselves against the curious creatures that form the substance at the Life Sciences Community Open Day.

The open day on Saturday, 9 May will provide a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes and visit cutting edge laboratories. Running from 10am to 2pm, the event will be based in the Michael Smith Building, off Dover Street.

Organiser, Natalie Liddle, said: “This year we have gone all out to make the event our most spectacular yet, with the chance to see our robots in action, science buskers and ‘Mad Science Workshops, it’s going to be a day not to miss.”

There will be plenty of hands on activities. From creepy crawlies to baby fish, microbes to animal-eating plants there are lots of fantastic things to see and do. Visitors will also find themselves getting up close and personal to an array of insects and amphibians on the day.

Younger visitors to the University will be encouraged to take part in painting with maggots which is an unusual and hands-on activity combining art and science – the live maggots are dipped in non-toxic paint and allowed to crawl around the paper to create unique and colourful paintings. There will also be the opportunity to get messy with craft activities and have your face painted by a professional, rather than a maggot!

Everyone is welcome to this free event and there is no need to book. Free parking is available on site.