Science Open House 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Banana DNA extraction with kids

Guest post from Jessica Leung

Photos from Jessica Leung and Josh Neufeld

The Waterloo Science Open House was held this past Saturday, October 26. This exciting full-day event is a multi-department collaborative effort to introduce science to the whole family in a fun learning environment. Of the 16 activity locations, four were hosted by the Department of Biology: Little Plant Shop of Horrors, Brraaainzz and Bodies, The Invisible World, and The Giant Cell.

People dressed in plant costumes

Dressed in plant-inspired costumes (above), volunteers from the Little Plant Shop of Horrors face painted visitors, brought forth warty gourds, and displayed a variety of terrifying plants. The Brraaaainzz and Bodies room allowed visitors to inspect animal skeletons and learned about the human brain by making their own colourful paper hats (below).  In The Invisible World, visitors got up close to microbes on plates and through microscopes.  In addition, they extracted banana DNA, which they took home as necklaces (top). Finally, visitors toured the Giant Cell to learn about its inner workings, as well as crafting their own cells and proteins (bottom).

Building a brain hat

Thanks to all the student, staff, and faculty volunteers who made this event possible and also to the enthusiastic crowds who braved the wet and windy weather to experience the wonders of science with us!People in a room

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