In June we ran a great set of workshops for local school Beauchamp College as part of the outreach for our Genetics Residency at the University of Leicester. The group came into the university for a science-lab session led by Professor Turi King to find out about the Richard III project and the DNA identification of his remains. They also extracted DNA from bananas and tried out some quizzes, games and creative activities about genetics.
At the school we ran a session using print making techniques and laminated layers to create personal petri dish pieces for inclusion in our exhibition. We use mono printing techniques with juice cartons to create texture and pattern and various materials trapped in laminator pouches to represent layers of genetic material and information.
Materials including printing inks, rollers, paper and craft materials for this workshop were donated by Specialist Crafts.