1. PCR testing the stars!
Star anise is commonly used in Chinese medicine to treat rheumatism but there are two versions of this plant, the harmless Chinese star anise and the highly toxic Japanese star anise. In this workshop, you will see how PCR is used to detect whether it is the harmless plant or the toxic plant that is being supplied for human medicinal use. You will carry out DNA electrophoresis using PCR amplified samples, stain the DNA gels and analyse the results.
2. Kew Tour of the Princess of the Wales Conservatory.
3. Speciality Lecture Details to be decided closer to the event.
4. How Science Works (Topic: All science)
Using our exclusive Science Museum Mystery Boxes kit this session will support "How Science Works" in a very practical and thoughtful way. KS3 and KS4 - not specifically any one science, more about the scientific method.
5. emf - Electricity Means Fun! (Topic: Physics)
A circus of experiments all about electricity, from BEK to the Van de Graaff with lots of ideas for simple and interesting experiments to take away - a PDF with experimental details will be available after the event. KS3 and KS4 with a strong Physics flavour.