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How to make instant ice-cream | Do Try This At Home

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Fri 26 June 2015, Jennifer Garrett

Are you in urgent need of some ice-cream on a hot, sunny day? Well science is here to save your summer! Beth and Sarah make liquid nitrogen ice-cream and show you how to make your own instant ice-cream in just a few minutes using milk, cream, ice, and... salt!?

Are you in urgent need of some ice-cream on a hot, sunny day? Well science is here to save your summer! Beth and Sarah make liquid nitrogen ice-cream and show you how to make your own instant ice-cream in just a few minutes using milk, cream, ice, and... salt!?

Come along to At-Bristol to try this experiment in our Summer Kitchen activity!

How to make ice-cream YouTube video


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How to make cheese | Do Try This At Home

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Fri 27 February 2015,

Brie, stilton, cheddar... everyone has got a favourite cheese. And it's easy to make your own at home. Nerys and Heather investigate the science and show you how to make cheese in less than two minutes!

To find out more about making your own cheese, come and visit the Summer Kitchen in our Food! exhibition 

Cheese making


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Our YouTube channel reaches one million views!

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Fri 12 June 2015, Jennifer Garrett

This month we reached an incredible ONE MILLION views on our YouTube channel - we're most subscribed science centre channel in the world!

We've covered everything from calculating pi using sausages, found out which lands first... the chicken or the egg and even interviewed an astronaut! 

To celebrate, we decided to revisit our favourite videos in a rundown of our most-viewed top ten!

Filming behind the scenes

  • Coming in at number 10, a very Bristolian question: How to make a hot air balloon 
    Find out how to make a small hot air balloon at home and discover the engineering that goes into making a big one!

  • Everything you need to know about rocket science at number 9: How to make a rocket 
    How do you launch a rocket into space? Can you make a rocket at home?
  • At number 8: What’s inside the lungs? 
    Take a journey through a pig’s lungs, taking a look at what's on the inside in our dissection video.  
  • Cake and science... what's not to love? At number 6: How to bake a cake, with science! 
    Investigate the chemistry of cakes and show you a tasty experiment to try in your own laboratory/kitchen!
  • Coming in at number 5: What’s inside a heart? 
    Journey through a pig's heart and take a close look at the anatomy of this fascinating organ.
  • Another dissection video at number 4: What’s inside an eyeball? 
    Journey looking inside a horse eyeball, investigating the anatomy of this fascinating organ along the way.
  • A cosmic entry in an number 3: How to photograph the night sky 
    Learn how to take photos of the night sky, constellations, and deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula in this beginner's guide to astrophotography.
  • Super cool video at number 2: How to make instant ice
    Watch water transform instantly into ice and find out how to make super-cooled water at home.
  • And in at number 1... the questions we all want to answer to... How to make something invisible 
    Invisibility cloaks might sound like science fiction, but Ross of the Live Science Team shows you how a trick of light can make things disappear in this great experiment to try at home!

PHEW! A HUGE well done to our video producer, Ross Exton, and the fabulous stars of the show, our Live Science Team! Here's to the next one million views.


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Plants vs Solar Panels: Which is better at capturing solar energy?

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Fri 5 June 2015,

Photosynthesis or photovoltaics? Leaves or solar panels? Which is better at capturing the energy from sunlight? Heather and Beth of the Live Science Team investigate the similarities and differences between these two processes, both powered by the Sun.

Leaves vs solar panels

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Volunteers' Week: Meet Ian Montgomery-Sporle!

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Sun 7 June 2015, Jennifer Garrett

To celebrate national Volunteers' Week, we caught up with our fabulous volunteer Ian Montgomery-Sporle!

Ian in action

Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

When not volunteering down with At-Bristol I work as a full time member of staff for Ford retail within the Finance division.  I have been in Bristol and with Ford for almost 8 years after my move from Brighton, back to my old university town of Bristol.  At university I studied Nursing over at UWE, and have recently completed a stint with Open University doing Astrophysics.  

How long have you been volunteering for At-Bristol?

I have recently reached my 1 year anniversary with At-Bristol after completing my first full day with Live Science Team on 24 May 2014. Oh how time flies when you’re having fun!

Why did you decide to volunteer with us?

The driving force behind me wanting to join the volunteering programme with At-Bristol is that my partner and I wished to adopt, so I needed experience working with children with a full spectrum of ages.  I was told I only needed to do about 1 week with children, however to date I’m just shy of 9 weeks in total!

What do you like about volunteering?

The staff and other volunteers within At-Bristol are to me an extended family. Not only are they there to talk, assist and guide you through the day, but are also have snippets of information and knowledge that can be of great assistance when dealing with the public, but also outside of that environment.

What’s been your favourite moment so far? 

To date I can’t really think of anything I haven’t really enjoyed doing.  I am lucky to have been able to have had a holistic view of pretty much all areas within Live Science Team & Marketing, being in and out of At-Bristol, on Millennium Square or in a barn at Dayelsford Farm! The journey has and still is very enjoyable and I look forward to many more sessions ahead.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of volunteering? 

I would advise anyone to come down and volunteer here. It gives you a great chance to discover more about science, and science communication.  You will gain confidence and knowledge, and you get to work with a great bunch of people who's combined knowledge is pretty astounding! 


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Volunteers' Week: Meet Mabby Alam!

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Sat 6 June 2015, Jennifer Garrett

To celebrate national Volunteers' Week, we caught up with our fabulous volunteer Mabby Alam!

Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

I'm Mabby and I'm an art student at Bristol School of Art. I specialise in film and will be studying it at Uni come September!

How long have you been volunteering for At-Bristol?

I started volunteering since July 2013 so it’s coming up to 2 years now.

Why did you decide to volunteer with us?

Firstly I wanted to gain experience in customer service and At-Bristol gave me the chance of doing that but also having fun whilst I'm at it.

What do you like about volunteering?

The best bit is you don't feel like you're working as it's hands-on, you can do all the activities and it's like you're a visitor yourself!

What’s been your favourite moment so far? 

By far the Harbourside festival! We tested out a prototype of an exhibit to the public in the centre of the festival and the weather was glorious! 

What advice would you give to someone thinking of volunteering? 

If anyone wants to have fun, enjoy working with amazing people, learn new things about science, about Bristol and generally anything and everything then try out volunteering in At-Bristol! It's totally flexible and you always have a great time when you do it!


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Volunteers' Week: Meet Chris Fox!

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Fri 5 June 2015, Jennifer Garrett

To celebrate national Volunteers' Week, we caught up with our fabulous volunteer Chris Fox!

Chris Fox

Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

Until recently I worked as a GP in South Bristol and I retired at the end of February. 

How long have you been volunteering for At-Bristol?

I started at once, so 3 months up already!

Why did you decide to volunteer with us?

I thought I would enjoy sharing what I know of science with people, especially the young, in the context of the brilliant hands-on experience that is At-Bristol.

What do you like about volunteering?

It has been lots of fun and I hope to continue - it's great interacting with the kids and parents.

What’s been your favourite moment so far? 

The medical lab was particularly good for me of course! It was a delight to see the wonder and fun in the children exploring their own knee reflexes, and discovering X-rays.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of volunteering? 

Have a go!


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Volunteers' Week: Meet Cherrie Kong!

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Thu 4 June 2015, Jennifer Garrett

To celebrate national Volunteers' Week, we caught up with our fabulous volunteer Cherrie Kong!

Cherrie

Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

I'm a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bristol, usually studying cardiac muscle. In my spare time I draw, run and walk. 

How long have you been volunteering for At-Bristol?

About 3 years!

Why did you decide to volunteer with us?

I'm very interested in science, teaching and communicating science to the general public. I also tend to have great fun learning with children, so At-Bristol really pulls all of these things together.

What do you like about volunteering?

I enjoy being able to meet with and talk to different people in a safe and friendly environment. At-Bristol is also very good at including volunteers in lots of opportunities, and I'm grateful to be a part of that!

What’s been your favourite moment so far? 

I like it when young children explain to me how the things in Live Lab (or anywhere) work!

What advice would you give to someone thinking of volunteering? 

Definitely do it! At-Bristol has flexible commitment (which is very useful), the staff and other volunteers are friendly, and the activities are educational and fun!


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Volunteers' Week: Meet Ben Quick!

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Wed 3 June 2015, Jennifer Garrett

To celebrate national Volunteers' Week, we caught up with our fabulous volunteer Ben Quick!

Ben

Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

I'm currently on a ‘gap year’ taking a break from my studies and living in a different country, as I’ve lived in France most my life! My days are mostly taken up with work, reading, and as many social activities as I can possibly cram in. 

How long have you been volunteering for At-Bristol?

Since last July, so almost a year now! I remember that I took a plane from France to start my gap year and the day after I was in At-Bristol already, first thing I did here. It set a very high bar for everything else!

Why did you decide to volunteer with us?

It all started with me thinking "I should do something productive”. So I typed "volunteering in Bristol" into Google, saw At-Bristol near the top and thought "woah, that looks fun, where's the sign-up button?" 

What do you like about volunteering?

I love the atmosphere! Everyone's so friendly and relaxed, yet also excited and enthusiastic so I fit right in. The activities are so awesome, interacting with kids and their families is awesome, the flexibility is awesome, and I love the variety too! I’ve been round Millennium Square offering dried crickets to bystanders, I’ve done a ‘taste lab’, face painted toddlers, made a community allotment and visited the Bristol Robotics Lab to help interview scientists! Seriously, what's not to love?

What’s been your favourite moment so far? 

Apart from giving crickets to strangers (what can top that?!), it's probably been receiving compliments from parents after interacting with their kids. It's really heart-warming, and does wonders for self esteem!

What advice would you give to someone thinking of volunteering? 

I think the main thing would be to go for it, don't worry about it, just get stuck in and see what happens! Go in with that mind set and you can make wonders happen.


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Volunteers' Week: Meet Chloe Baber!

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Tue 2 June 2015, Jennifer Garrett

To celebrate national Volunteers' Week, we caught up with our fabulous volunteer Chloe Baber!

Chloe Baber


Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

I have just finished my degree at UWE in Bristol where I was studying Education, hoping to be a primary school teacher or a counsellor for children.

How long have you been volunteering for At-Bristol?

I have been volunteering for At-Bristol for a year and a half now!     

Why did you decide to volunteer with us?

I have grown up with trips to At-Bristol with family or school and it was easily one of my favourite places! I was in my second year of university and wanted to do some volunteering and found that At-Bristol were looking for volunteers and applied straight away. 

What do you like about volunteering?

I love being able to sign up to the shifts I’d like to volunteer at, most of the time I sign up to the Live Lab activities. The buzz at half term and holidays is great, I love how a lot of the parents are as excited as the children with the activities, it shows the centre is for any age! 

What’s been your favourite moment so far? 

One of my first few shifts I volunteered at a Toddler Takeover, the studio was transformed into a disco room and for an hour I was DJ-ing for a mass of toddlers, so much fun!

What advice would you give to someone thinking of volunteering? 

I would say go for it! Volunteering is a great experience in itself, and At-Bristol you are with the loveliest people and helping families with fun scientific activities all day! You don’t have to have a lot of science knowledge to join, just a willing to learn more and get stuck in! 


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