Children were given the chance to try their hand at a range of fun science activities and experiments when Kingston University’s state-of-the-art mobile laboratory opened its doors to families shopping in Kingston town centre.
Academics from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, STEM outreach staff and student ambassadors were on hand to open up the lab in a lorry to the public in Kingston’s market place on Valentine’s Day as part of the annual Love Kingston charity event.
A steady stream of shoppers visited the lorry throughout the day to take part in heart-related activities including a competition to guess the sugar content of a jar of Love Hearts, a board game based around healthy eating for your heart and a guess the hormone challenge with the human anatomical model.
There was also the opportunity to learn more about the chemistry behind perfume and the chance to make chromatography butterflies.
Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing Dr Lucy Jones, who joined staff in the lorry during the day, spoke of the importance of the University getting involved in supporting community projects like Love Kingston. “It was fabulous to see children really enjoying the activities in the Lab in Lorry and learning about how exciting science can be,” she said.
“Our staff and student ambassadors had as much fun as our visitors analysing fingerprints and delving into the science of perfume making.”
The Love Kingston event aims to support the smaller charities and community groups that work to improve life for those most in need in the borough.