The 1st Lab_13 Lectures

lab_13_red icpsThe very first Lab_13 Lectures was a huuge success!! We had over 400 children from 10 local schools come to be amazed by science and technology. I’m sure all schools enjoyed it, laughed along and were blown away by the fantastic things that they learned. For the lectures, in the morning, we had four mini-lectures including one by us, the Lab_13 committee.

IMG_4912We were a bit nervous before our lecture but we had practiced a lot and were used to the microphone so when the time came we were more excited than nervous. Emily and Ebony were interviewed live on BBC Radio in the morning too! Our lecture was on neuroscience and why optical illusions work. We had races between boys and girls seeing who is best at making their brain multi-task and had examples of different types of illusions. The flag after image one made people’s mouths drop and go “wow.”

IMG_4930We made a human Sierpinski triangle with Dr. Paul Ganney and learnt about fractals, chaos theory and maths in anatomy. Rick Hall’s presentation was called ‘You cannot be serious!’ It was really unexpected, as it showed loads of things that may appear in the future, for example one of the things was a 3d printed moon base and another one was a 1km high building and robot bees! IMG_4946Imagine that! In the afternoon lecture I sat there and got all the fact or fiction questions right as I had already watched it in the morning.

IMG_5131In the afternoon show, we had an extra presenter named Dr. John Wilson who did a presentation about Cosmic Rays. Sadly, his spark chamber was acting a bit funny, but his presentation was still very good and interesting. My favourite, no offense Lab_13, had to be Chris and Dom’s Science Off. Chris and Dom (not Dick & Dom!!) had a competition between Physics and Chemistry to see which was the best science! They had some amazing demonstrations and experiments like IMG_5124 green fire explosions, static electricity sparks and flaming jelly babies!! I voted for Chris as his devil stick, showing friction and forces in action, was amazing, especially when he added the fire! The audience joined in in many parts of the show and behaved very well.

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us on Wednesday including our presenters, Wollaston school, and very importantly David Tyrrell’s Fire Protection Company and the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club who sponsored the coaches for other schools to travel to the Lectures.

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Lab_13 is a space in a school managed by pupils for pupils to conduct their own research and experiments driven by their curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm, and under the watchful supervision of a Scientist in Residence (not a teacher!!).
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