Category Archives: Science

The blogs in this category focus on our visits to science exhibitions, such as the Cambridge Science Festival: autism-friendly hour. Additionally, the Interactive Science Exhibition at Stockwood Discovery Centre.

Having fun while creating Science experiments at home, including glow in the dark bouncy ball, and glow in the dark key chain. (using polymer beads). Furthermore, we have created an acid and bases fizz reaction, cheesemaking, and magnetism experiments.

Content includes our visit to Thinktank Museum, where we viewed a Smethwick Engine, and interacted with the exhibits: thermal screen, biology, digestive system, and how we breath displays. In addition, the museum also has displays dedicated to space, robots and advancements in healthcare technology.

Lastly, creating a volcano eruption, lava lamp and make bubbles at an art gallery.

Cambridge Science Festival: Autism Friendly Hour

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

25th Anniversary

This year, the Cambridge Science Festival celebrated their 25th Anniversary. They also hosted a hands-on at the Guildhall: autism-friendly hour! My son and I have attended the festival before in 2017, so this was our second visit and my partner’s first.

Autism-Friendly Hour

The autism-friendly hour started from 11am until 12pm and on arrival, we received a lanyard, which had a map of The Guildhall and the rooms where the activities will take place.

Cambridge Science Festival Lanyard

NHS Genomics Medicine Service

First stop, the NHS Genomics Medicine Service team, where we explored genes and discovering our past. Meanwhile, my son enjoyed matching sequenced patterns to find out a person’s origins.

Plasma Ball

My son was fascinated by the plasma ball, and as he placed his fingers onto the globe, he felt the heat which was created from the electric current and energy flow.

Institute of Engineering and Technology

We casually moved towards the stall for the Institute of Engineering and Technology, where we were shown how to build an LED torch.

My son’s LED torch

Afterward, we gazed over at a train circuit, where the train ran on stored energy. My son also participated in the activity.

Every time we had completed a stall, we were then given a sticker.

I discovered engineering sticker

Metabolic Research Laboratories

We headed over to the Metabolic Research Laboratories and MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit stall, where my son took part in the Glucose Challenge. Above all, this was a fun way to educate children about diabetes and blood glucose.

Shark Egg Case

All of us had to figure out the items on the table. Firstly, one object, which we could not guess happened to be a Port Jackson Shark Egg Case! Who would have known?

Under the Microscope

From comparing skin and plant cells using a microscope, followed by holding an Ostrich egg to a human skull. (which my son thought was very cool!) All in all, there was plenty to do.

Cambridge

Finally, we finished off the day by having some lunch followed by admiring the architecture in Cambridge.

Any Science lovers out there? Why not like or share this post? Science is fun and inclusive to all.

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*This blog is based on personal experience from our visit to Cambridge.

Part Three: National Space Centre

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

In 2018, my son wanted to visit a space museum, so I looked online and came across the National Space Centre. (Leicester). Additionally, he wanted to go to the space centre with his dad and me. Although we are not together, we amicably agreed that it would be good for our son to go on this day out together. Likewise, our partners were comfortable with the day out arrangement too. 

Onwards to Leicester

As we arrived at the National Space Centre, we saw this magnificent Space Shuttle Intelsat Satellite Cradle in front of the museum. There was also a pioneer statue at the front.

pioneer statue

Here is a photo of my son placing his hands in the handprint mould of an astronaut.

astronaut handprint mould

I don’t know about you, but I love a fact or two. While looking back at our photos at the National Space Centre, I saw the name Piers Sellers. I instantly thought, ooh, I must know more about this Piers Sellers.

astronaut handprints

So, I went to Wikipedia; (you’ve got to love Wikipedia) to read more about this Nasa astronaut. (shh, I’m a closet geek)

Rocket and Robotics

We entered the museum, and there was a rocket tower with the rocket: PGM 17 THOR upon us, in all its glory. (“I am mighty”) I had to get an Avengers quote in there somehow. Likewise, shoutout to my dad, all knowledgeable comic guru. Anyhow, there was something that I noticed that I had not seen in a long time.

Test Card F

test card f with bubbles the clown

Can you believe it? I did not expect to see Bubbles the Clown at the space centre. Yes, it was the clown doll and the girl on tv. Oh, the days when we only had four tv channels. Also, for the American readers and anyone not old enough to remember Test Card F, this image is what we saw on our tv screen in the morning when no programmes were on tv.

test card f

I was so excited to inform my son about this. (the look of horror on his face) After showing him this and taking him to the National Museum of Computing years later, he must have thought what a boring childhood I had. (he also found out that loading games on the BBC microcomputer took a long time)

Satellite Navigation and Space Rocks

satellite navigation

My son, me and his dad continued our tour around the space museum, viewing items such as a space compass, robotics, and satellites for navigation.

There was also a collection of space rocks and meteorites.

So, that was our experience of visiting the National Space Centre in Leicester with our son.

USAF Rocket

Have you visited any space museums before, and which one?

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Coming soon:

Next on Blast from the Past Series is Part Four: Hampton Court Palace.

Disclaimer: This post is for information and entertainment purposes; and personal experience. All external links are for information purposes only. The day out mentioned in the blog is on past experiences. (before lockdown) The museum mentioned in this blog is temporarily closed due to lockdown and in line with the government’s guidance. I received no payment or any other commission for this post.

Science Experiments

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Science Experiment 1: Thickening

thickening using corn starch

For our first science experiment, we used corn-starch (which is a thickening agent) placed into a beaker. My son then added some water into the mix. He then stirred in the mixture.

The texture changed, with the liquid becoming firmer, turning into a solid.

Thickening

Science Experiment 2: Cheesemaking Process

Cheesemaking process

I warmed a small amount of milk up in which my son added vinegar and stirred.

pouring vinegar into the milk
warm milk and vinegar mixture

My son then strained the liquid using a sieve, leaving behind a substance. (cottage cheese).

Science Experiment 3: UV Rays from the Sun

UV Rays from the Sun

My son threaded the energy beads onto a string (great for improving fine motor skills). I tied the ends together, and we left the bracelet on the kitchen window seal, exposing it to the sun.

The beads changed colour pigment with the ultraviolet ray of light from the sun.

lilac, purple and white bracelet

Science Experiment 4: Magnetism

Magnetism

Used the magnet stick, iron filings (black) and white sand, we poured the iron filings into one side of a petri dish. My son poured the white sand onto the other side.

iron filings and white sand

Using a magnet stick inside a beaker, my son hovered it around the dish, picking up the iron filings and transferring them into another petri dish.

After this experiment, my son made artwork using both iron filings and white sand by moving around the iron filings using the magnet stick.

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*Always seek adult supervision when conducting Science Experiments. We used the Learn and Climb Boom! Fun with Science kit that I paid for using my own money. This post is not sponsored. The content of this post is based on personal experience and is for information and educational purposes.

Family Art: Part 1

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

We have had the pleasure to attend Art and Us, which is a 3-year programme, at MK Gallery. You can refer to my MK Gallery: Art and Us post, where I explain more about the Art and Us programme.

As a family, we enjoy art, so it was a fabulous experience to be able to work with different associate artists to explore art.

Session 1

After writing the MK Gallery post, my son was offered a complimentary session (session 1) for Art and Us. My parents, boyfriend and I attended our first session with my son.

MK Gallery supplied a blackout tent and sensory aids for the session.

Monster Sculpture

There were pipe cleaners (my son’s favourite) and modelling dough ready for us to use.

My son enjoyed moulding and sculpturing the Slappy the Dummy out of clay. My boyfriend made a monster sculpture too. My dad also carefully sculpted body definition for his model.

Prints With Acrylic Paints

We explored mixing shaving foam with acrylic paint, led by the artist.

She showed us how to experiment with this technique to create prints.

Session 2

Both my nieces, son, myself and sister in law attended our second session.

The artist set up some fun science experiments for us to do.

My son and nieces all worked together to gather the equipment needed for each experiment. They also had to follow the instructions for each method.

Experiment 1: Fizzy Jars

The cousins (my son and nieces) gathered together baking powder, vinegar and ink to create their fizzy jar. The fizzy jar experiment is like a replica of a volcano eruption.

Some of the ink from the science experiment was sieved out and used to create a drawing. We used paintbrushes to create different strokes as well as our fingers.

Experiment 2: Squidgy Jelly

We used gelatine, pipettes, syringes, a tray, blue jug, and coloured ink to create squidgy jelly.

The children used their fingers and a dustpan examining the texture of the jelly.

Experiment 3: Bubble Jars

For this experiment, the children used oil, water, coloured ink and Alka seltzer tablets to create a lava lamp effect.

Experiment 4: Giant Bubbles

We made giant bubbles using a mixture of cornflour, baking powder, water and washing up liquid.

The artist showed us how to use two long sticks, string, and a washer to make a bubble catcher.We spent some time outdoors blowing bubbles with the bubble catchers that we made.

Session 3

I brought my son and eldest niece along to the third Art and Us session at MK Gallery.

Goosebumps Makeup Movie Effects

The artist who worked with us for this session showed us how to create Goosebumps inspired movie effects, using special makeup paint.

Fake Wound Using Makeup Paint

My son created a fake wound, using paint and fake blood, which he also made up.

Sticking with my son’s interest in Goosebumps and the horror theme, my son created a G symbol design on his hand, which he painted afterwards.

My niece, on the other hand, wanted to keep her design cute, painting a pretty pink butterfly.

Playscape

After, we ventured outside to the Playscape area to explore the outdoor space.

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For part two – Family Art: Part 2