Rock the Lab … science by bike!

We’re busy busy at the moment, with TWO ride reports to catch up on and some exciting projects planned, but we couldn’t resist passing on this from Dumfries Museum. If you’re at a loose end tomorrow or Thursday, get yourself down to the museum for some pedal-powered science

Rock the lab bikeRock the lab will be providing drop in science shows at Dumfries Museum on Wednesday 24 July, 2-4pm and Thursday 25 July, 10am-12pm.
National Museums Scotland hits the road this summer to bring science to the music festival circuit. In partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival, it will tour its Rock the Lab science roadshow to festivals and local communities around the country, with hands-on science experiments and fun drop-in events, coming to Wickerman and Dumfries Museum this week.

Supported by a Scottish Government Talking Science grant, Rock the Lab takes free and interactive science experiments to new audiences across the country. At each festival, people will be able to flag down roving scientists and their busking bike to see astounding experiments, or drop into a pop-up laboratory where Rock the Lab will fire the imagination and show the fun side of scientific research and innovation, with experiments, demos and surprises inspired by the wondrous collections on display at the National Museum of Scotland. In addition, Rock the Lab will go out into local communities around each festival site with its offering of free, fun and bizarre science.

Rock the Lab will offer people the chance to delve into the body’s inner workings and uncover the science behind the “seven deadly sins”. The secrets of greed and gluttony will be revealed with a hands-on journey through the human digestion system; while pride and beauty will be put to the test with scientists examining people to see if they have “the golden ratio” and challenging their sense of smell. These are just a few examples of the entertaining science experiments that will be taking place. Rock the Lab is suitable for all ages.

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