Event Information for Participating Schools 2012
Biology is all about living things .... from why animals behave in a certain way to what goes wrong when we get ill
The scientists in the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University have a very varied mix of interests and pupils who come to our annual "Learn About Life" event get the opportunity to see the enthusiasm and passion that many of these scientists have for their own area of biology.
Here is a snapshot of what is on offer;
Session 1 - "The Cells in Your Body"
Be a real scientist - put on a labcoat, gloves and safety glasses and you are ready to investigate ..
What do cells look like?
Are they long, thin, fat or squishy?? Answer - they can be all of these!
Make your own to find out more
Find out what your own cheek cells look like and draw what you see down the microscope
A handful of cells
How many cells in your hand? 10, 1000, perhaps even more ...??
Cells up close
What is inside a cell? Answer - lots of different things!
Scramble around in this activity to find out more
And cells grow too! We didn't have time to show you this, but you can try this activity if you want to learn more ....
To complement this activity, you can order (free of charge) ‘Marvellous Microbes’, a cartoon about Pasteur, bread and yeast, together with some simple yeast experiments, designed for 7-11 year olds. To order contact the education department of the Society for General Microbiology firstname.lastname@example.org. The Society also provide "The why, when and how of hand washing’ with accompanying ‘Effective Hand Washing’ poster as a resource for this age group.
Session 2 - Your Wild World
Monitoring wild animals
Camoflague & vision
All about otters
What do otters eat? What is junk food and what is healthy and nutritious?
Catch some prey and find out for yourself!
Session 3 Brain Trail (for schools visiting on Wednesday 14th March only)
Be a brain surgeon!
Is your hand steady enough to be a brain surgeon?
What bit of my brain does what?
Draw the different bits of the brain on your very own brain cap, which you can take home
Match the brain to the animal
- and look at bits of the brain (does an anteater have a big olfactory bulb??)
Make your own neuron
Nerve cells (neurons) have to act fast. And they are ideally made to do this.
Make your own glitzy neuron and find out how.
Tricky brain games
Are you quicker to react than your friend? or better still - your teacher?
Want to recap some of the things that you learnt about the brain? - then join Sam on his brainy adventure
Session 4 - Lung Power! (for schools visiting on Thursday 15th March only)
How much breath have you got?
Breathe into our cool peak flow meters and see if you can beat the rest of the class!
How do lungs inflate?
Inflate a set of pig's lungs and find out more
All things snotty
We all know about green snot. But did you know snot can be lots of colours?
Get up close and messy and find out why