Prior to our trip to the Centre for Life, the closest I’d gotten to the exhibits was watching drunk, foolish students attempt to climb the DNA helix structure statue outside after a presumably heavy night for them at Digital.
Being the keen science geeks us Biomed students are, nobody passed up a free trip to the centre, so on a particularly cold and rainy Wednesday afternoon we met and I finally got to enter the centre and see what it has to offer.
I was extremely impressed by the wide range of things to do, from the latest exhibition ‘Age of the Dinosaur’ which has come all the way from the prestigious Natural History museum in London, to the 4D Motion Ride, Planetarium, Science Theatre, and many more exhibitions and areas intended to engage, entertain and overall educate visitors. Along with this, they also offer more diverse events to reach out to the public. This Halloween for example they have a ‘Lates at Life’ event targeted at an older audience where a mixture of science activities is paired with cocktails and a live DJ – who knew a scientific based night out could be so cool?
I admired how passionate everyone was, and particularly enjoyed an idea put forward by Ian Simmons; the Science Communications Director. If they can at the very least instil a lasting memory and curiosity within visitors – (even if the detailed science isn’t remembered), they will have successfully connected with their audience and communicated their science.