Outreach Report, July 2015

The Cheltenham Science Festival

GrapheneNOWNANO has continued to appear at science fairs in 2015, manning stands during British Science Week in March and at Cheltenham Science Festival in June.

British Science Week is an annual ten-day celebration of science with events organised across the UK. As part of the 2015 week, GrapheneNOWNANO took part in the University of Manchester’s Science Extravaganza fair. For the four-day event, held in the University’s Sackville Street Building, we demonstrated graphene production and nanoparticles. Over the course of the fair, we were kept busy introducing the weird world of nanoscience to over a thousand young people. Graphene production was well-received by all age groups while our nanoparticles activity proved particularly popular with younger visitors.

The CDT was well-represented at Cheltenham Science Festival 2015. While such science outreach heavyweights as Robert Winston, Martin Rees and Brian Cox spoke at large events, we had our own crowds to contend with. We brought three hands-on activities to Cheltenham: nanoparticles, a new nanomedicine piece and our classic make-your-own-graphene stand. Over the course of the week we boggled the minds of hundreds of school groups and families. Graphene was particularly effective at knocking the socks off members of the general public, with a sizeable queue for our graphene stand for most of the festival.

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