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07
Sep
08

Singtastic Science!

Have you ever thought that science lessons are missing something? Well for those of us who would have appreciated a brand new approach to learning science, ‘Singtastic’ Science singers are here to give you that extra musical push! At the BA Fesitval of Science this unique choir are giving Darwin and friends a brand new sound. Penned by science nut and songwriter David Haines, the group’s catalogue include ‘Mr Darwin – Charles’ life history in five verses’ and ‘Mutate- Wont you give a big hand for errors? Without them we wouldn’t be here!’. If you’d like to hear the singers pop into the Science Festival this weekend or take a look at their wesbite Singtastic.com for more.

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06
Sep
08

BA Festival of Science

There are loads of other things to see and do at the BA festival of science – you can dig for dinosaurs, play a game of maths hopscotch, fire a rocket to the moon and even find out how long your DNA really is!
For those future Charles Darwin and Bill Gates wannabies there’s also a chance to meet real scientists working on some really exciting projects!

06
Sep
08

Poo Power!

Have you ever wondered what else you could be recycling at home other than milk cartons and cereal packets? Well here’s an interesting but slightly smelly idea – poo powered robots! When bacteria breaks down microbes in any smelly household rubbish- sink sludge, dead flys or pet poo – electrically charged particles get left behind. Using a special membrance that looks like two back-to-back sheets of plastic, robot scientists can use these particles to power a robot. Here at the Festival of Science we have one called ‘EcoBot II’. So next time you clear up that stinky sludge just think about how useful it might be. One day you might even have a poop not petrol powered car!

06
Sep
08

Hydro Hassles – Will it stay or will it go?!

‘Walking with Robots’ prides itself in demonstrating all kinds of robot madness to visitors at this years
BA Festival of Science but so far, not so good for our mini hydrogen powered bot. After a few hours of
lazyness (well, charging-up anyway!) the water-powered car showed everyone why hydrogen power still has
a way to go. Beset with wiring problems we’ll soon get it up and running.

06
Sep
08

It’s Child’s play!

We’ve already had lots of under 5’s taking an interest in our robots at this year’s Festival of Science. A little overawed by the robot/nobot wall, many of our younger visitors soon got the hang of the light-following robots which proves that even pre-schoolers can understand the simple behaviours of these Breitenberg bots. Robot scientists for the future perhaps?!

Two very different robots one heading towards the light the other running away from it. It’s hard to believe that
these complex behaviours can emerge from two simple connections.

06
Sep
08

Legs akimbo!

David’s walking robot legs are causing quite a stir at the Festival.  Most of our visitors think these amazing arthropods are fascinating. One young visitor explains: ‘They’re just like animals, big ones that wobble a bit. I was scared at first but now I think they’re cute!’ Wandering around a Museum will never be the same again!

06
Sep
08

Chasing down Davis!

The BA Festival of Science kicked off with a bang this morning at the World Museum in Liverpool. The Museum welcomed visitors to the BA Festival of Science with a fun-filled demonstration by Adam Hart-Davis. Firing up his water rockets, Hart-Davis wowed the crowds and invited them to head upstairs to the activities area where they could have a go at some surprising science too!