Date of release: Friday, September 5, 2014

Experience the beauty of science in MedwayA hands-on family fun day which will reveal some of the wonders of science is coming to Medway this month.

The free, two-day event in Chatham will give people of all ages the chance to take part in a range of activities, such as creating interactive light displays and glow sticks, building models of DNA molecules, doing hands-on experiments and meeting scientists.

Taking place over the weekend of 13 and 14 September, the hands-on science days are part of a month-long art exhibition, entitled The Beauty of Science, also being organised by the Medway Science Partnership. This new initiative, of which the University of Greenwich is a key member, is bringing together businesses and organisations which are promoting science and education in the Medway region. The partnership is also planning to develop a permanent ‘hands-on’ science museum for Medway.

The exhibition will feature a host of original, weird and compelling images, all illustrating a different aspect of science, from prehistoric algae floating in the ocean to the bacteria on the surface of a tooth (the latter bearing the title of The lifeforms you share your mouth with). There will also be the chance to ‘interact’ with some of the exhibits using mobile phones.

Dr Samantha Alsbury, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science at the University of Greenwich, is one of the organisers. “The Beauty of Science is a celebration of science, technology and engineering in the Medway area,” she says. “It will showcase some of the enterprise and activity that goes in the region, and the wealth of expertise that we have both at the university and in industry.”

Both the exhibition and the family fun days take place at POP, based at 64-66 High Street, Chatham ME4 4DS.

The exhibition starts today (Friday 5 September) and runs from 11am until 4pm from Thursdays to Saturdays.  

The family fun days run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September.

For further information see the Facebook page http://tinyurl.com/medwayscicentre or Tweet @MedwaySciCentre

The events are being supported by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

To find out more about studying engineering or science at the University of Greenwich, see http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/governance/faculties/engsci or call 020 8331 9000.

Story by Public Relations

Picture: The lifeforms you share your mouth with – one of the images on display during The Beauty of Science exhibition.