Ancient Biotics

Ancient Biotics – Using Historical Manuscripts to Find Modern Cures   Earlier in the year I wrote about Freya Harrison, a microbiologist and Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at Nottingham University, who was raising money, as part of the Ancient Biotics project, to fund research on a potentially new (old) antibiotic able to kill, the so-called hospital superbug, MRSA (Methycillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). You can read the old article here if you want.

The Big Bang Fair 2015

The Big Bang Fair at the NEC is the biggest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) event for schools in Britain. This year just over 68,000 visitors attended, and we got to see quite a few of them.

Experiment with the Vikings

Experiment with the Vikings In November 2014 we were commissioned to write a primary school resource called Experiment with the Vikings for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The aim was to include relevant STEM activities for primary schools teaching a topic about the Vikings.

British Science Festival 2013 Feedback

We’ve just had the official feedback from the British Science Festival Young People’s Programme and the results are better than we could have hoped. The section about the student feedback starts with: “Overall the Fire Show was the most popular activity with both KS2 and 3 pupils. The comments highlight that the spectacular demonstration, links to everyday materials and general air of danger were hugely engaging.” Analysis of the feedback forms shows that 41.3% of KS2 pupils and 47.0% of KS3 pupils said The Fire Show was their favourite thing at the festival. The pupils were asked if they found … Continue reading

Elemental Comedy at the British Science Festival in Bradford

On Saturday 10th September, at the British Science Festival 2011, in Bradford, we were treated to an evening of comedy and chemistry with Elemental Comedy: a Carbaret of the Elements.It was a totally crazy evening with Jonny Berliner, Vivienne Parry, Marty Jopson, Graeme Jones, Jem Stansfield, Matt Parker, Dallas Campbell, Liz Bonnin, Timandra Harkness, and more (I think). With Quentin Cooper in the Chair with the inevitable puns it sure wasn’t Boron. The show started nearly half an hour late, and finished nearly one and a half hours late, which meant that my car got locked in the multi-story carpark, costing me nearly £20 extra in taxi fares to and from … Continue reading