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Visit our events page for details of upcoming WISB exhibitions, forums and workshops taking place at the University of Warwick campus and further afield.

WISB actively promotes science and science careers. If you are a teacher and would like to find out more about our outreach and work experience activities, please contact us.

Big Bang 2016

Slime Mold, Mazes and Microscopes.. 

WISB was part of the University of Warwick’s Faculty of Science stand at this year’s Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, 16-19 March 2016

Held at the NEC, The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits, as well careers information from Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) professionals.

Alongside University of Warwick staff and students from Physics, Life Sciences, Engineering and Chemistry, WISB members have been at the Big Bang Fair talking to children, young people, parents and teachers about the fascinating life of a slime mold..

Visitors were able to view the slime mold under a microscope and see how its external memory enables it to respond to light, heat, gravity and chemical (food) stimuli.  It’s so adept at finding food, it will even solve a maze to reach a target nutrient!

Our stand volunteers also gave out more than 100 ‘grow your own’ kits to schools so that they can set up their own experiments to test the slime mold’s external memory abilities.

WISB @ Cafe Scientifique

Five WISB Researchers were at the Leamington Spa Cafe Scientifique on Monday 16th May 2016.

This event introduced synthetic biology and its potential applications through a series of short presentations, panel discussion and questions from the audience.

Please visit the Cafe website for more details.

Panel Members(left to right opposite): Dr Sara Kalvala, Dr James Stratford, Dr Nick Lee, Dr Emmanuel de los Santos, Professor Alfonso Jaramillo

Synthetic Biology Goes Bananas in FabLab Coventry

The WISB lab went on the road in Autumn 2016 to give children from a number of local schools the chance to try their hand at synthetic biology.

WISB Researchers worked alongside FabLab Coventry, the Midlands Academy Trust, and Think Higher to deliver an interactive and engaging short-course programme that was centred on synthetic biology, related STEM subject areas, scientific techniques and principles.

Over two days, Year 10 Students took part in a series of synthetic biology experiments. Following the eau that smell protocol they used their noses to test if their E. coli had been genetically engineered to produce a banana scent. Through this work they learnt about a new frontier of research and the implications for society. They also had an opportunity to find out what University could do for them.

FabLab Coventry is a not-for-profit partnership between Coventry University, Coventry City Council, the University of Warwick, and other partners from both the private and charity sectors.

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