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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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Cathedral

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See how simple shapes can fit together to hold up a large structure, like a cathedral!

How can we use arches to hold up a cathedral?
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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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Plants

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

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Slimey, gooey and messy: cornflour is one of our favourite experiments! Come and stick your hands in, and figure out if it behaves like a liquid or a solid...

Explore the remarkable properties of cornflour mixed with water.
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Mini Explosions

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Make an impressive explosion with kitchen ingredients and find out more about what makes things go with a bang.

Exploding film canisters with lemon juice and bicarb.
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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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Rod Climbing

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Discover a strange goo with same strange properties. Watch as it is able to climb up a rod in front of your eyes!

A polyacrylamide solution, which "climbs up" a rod when it is rotated in the solution
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Hot Air Balloons

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Make your own hot air balloon with a plastic bag and a toaster!

Making hot air balloons with plastic bags and a toaster.
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