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Learning about the 3Rs: science fun for all ages

05 November 2014
Children and adults around a table partaking in the learning about the 3Rs science fun for all ages

The winners of our Public Engagement Small Awards have taken their 3Rs-related work to ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions at science museums, into schools and extracurricular activity groups for children, as well as to university departmental open days.

A wide range of topics have been covered, including using fruit flies as research models, developing brain cells on a chip for drug development research and improving rodent welfare by advancing the monitoring of their behaviour in the lab and allowing them to live in preferred social groups.

Popular family-orientated activities have included drawing brains on swimming caps, guessing which fruit have been imaged using an MRI scanner, betting on the movements of flies to win prizes, and controlling the movement of balls and boxes on a computer screening using the power of thought. Our researchers have also spent time explaining their work to visitors of all ages, and answering questions about both their specific research and the 3Rs in general.
 

An attendee at the learning about the 3Rs: science fun for all ages engagement

 

A child drawing a brain on a swimming cap at the learning about the 3Rs: science fun for all ages engagement

 

NC3Rs branded bags and pens on a table

 

Two children and three adults in conversation at the learning about the 3Rs: science fun for all ages engagement

 

The NC3Rs exhibition stand with attendees by the stand

 

The NC3Rs exhibition stand with attendees by the stand

 

The NC3Rs exhibition stand with a women and a child by the stand

 

A microscope at the NC3Rs exhibition stand

 

Children and adults enjoying the display at the learning about the 3Rs science fun for all ages

 

Four attendees at an exhibition stand for the learning about the 3Rs

 

An attendee sitting down with a swimming cap on as part the learning about the 3Rs: science fun for all ages engagement

 

Attendees using a modeled MRI at the learning about the 3Rs: science fun for all ages engagement

 

A banner stand showing information on the amazing brain, what is MRI?