LIAB shines bright at Brighton Gala Day.

Otago Museum Science Outreach Coordinator Claire Concannon

The average winter temperature in the Antarctic is -49oC, hard to imagine on the beautiful sunny day that was Brighton Gala Day! Brighton Gala Day takes place every year on the beautiful Brighton domain with thousands of people coming along to enjoy the music, shows, food stalls and bouncy castles! This year Lab in a Box was there to join in the fun as part of the Healthy People, Healthy Planet project.

Department of Physiology scientists Toni, Andrew and Paris did some fun experiments on how our brains work to help us perceive the world around us, as well as helping people figure out just how sour coke actually is! Stephen and Claire brought along the Otago Museum’s Far From Frozen climate change showcase and talked about penguins, how cold it is in Antarctica, what is happening to the ice there and what we can do about it.

With over 300 people along to visit the lab and check out the exhibits and experiments, it was a fun and busy day!

The Healthy People, Healthy Planet project is a Community Lotteries Funded project to bring science around looking after your body and the planet to communities across the south island of New Zealand. Next stop for the project and Lab in a Box is Party in the Park in Mosgiel on February 24th and the Strath Taieri A & P show in Middlemarch in early March. Look out for us there!

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