Biology

Animal skulls (including primate skulls)

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Why do some animals have really long beaks? Why do others have really big TEETH? With our collection of animal skulls, you can find out how different animals evolved to suit their habitats - and how you are a lot more similar to them than you might think!

Looking at different animal skulls to compare them and see how they differ.
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Drosophila

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You'll have seen some of these fruit flies before: these cool and beautiful little creatures have shown us how genes can be inherited (by following patterns of features like eye colours), and how genes work.

This experiment aims to introduce kids to a wonderful model organism, the Drosophila fruit fly.
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Pupa mystery

A demonstration to show how insects use hormone to co-ordinate metamorphosis.
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Microscopes & Cells

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All sorts of things can be viewed down a microscope! This might include the biology lesson classic of an onion skin, the shapes of salt and sugar crystals, the eye of the insect you found in your tent, a drop of puddle water...

Examining a variety of objects under a microscope, including a variety of slides
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Cells (now part of microscopes)

Using a model of a cell and various slides to explain what a cell is, about how different cells are specialized for their function, and how bacterial cells are different.
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Plants

Plants - looking at germination, their structure and how they produce energy by photosynthesis
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Ladybirds

Ladybird experiment done in 2008 at CBS, looking at different species of ladybirds e.g. Harlequins
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Kiwi DNA

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In this experiment we get DNA out of living cells in kiwi fruit. The DNA can be made fully visible to the human eye - no microscopes or magnifying glass needed! Done in less than 5 minutes in front of your eyes.

Breaking open cells of a kiwi fruit and making the DNA inside visible to the human eye
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