Harwell Campus Family Fun Day
We joined in with the Harwell Campus Family Fun Day on 28 June 2014, held in aid of the children's hospice charity Helen Douglas House.
The day was particularly intended for families, with tickets sold per family group, and was a great opportunity for the organisations at Harwell Campus to pull together and showcase the amazing work we do. And with entry just £5 per family and most stalls free, it provided a great day out for the kids without breaking the bank.
At our stall, people had the chance to perform their own experiment – extracting DNA from strawberries. Overall we had about 200 children come to the stand to try our DNA extraction experiment, with some coming back a second time. The younger ones also really enjoyed building cells out of Air Dough, complete with multi-coloured internal organelles and their own artistic flair. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with most parents saying that their children had learnt something valuable.
Overall, the event attracted around 1200 people, despite the rain. Organisations from all across the campus and the local area came together to make it a wonderful day - there were science workshops, plant potting, finger printing, rocket building, windmill making, the Big Green School bus demonstrating the power of recycling, a wildlife bus and several experiments going on with Diamond and STFC.
It was great to see so many people turning out to the event in aid of charity, and hopefully some of the children who came were inspired to learn more about science!