Centre scientists at The Big Bang!

On the weekend of 16-17th March, staff from King's joined colleagues from the MRC-HPA Centre for Environment & Health to entertain and educate school children and their families at the The Big Bang Fair at London's ExCel centre.

The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. The fair is held in a different location each year and last year attracted 56,000 visitors to Birmingham's NEC.

This year's fair was held over four days, involved over 170 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors and was spread out over 4,500 m2 of convention centre space.
The King's/MRC stall was located in the 'Body Talk' zone where kids could learn about the human body 'inside and out'.

King's stand,  'The art of breathing', allowed young fair-goers to use their breath to create ink drawings which resemble the branching structure of the lungs, while parents could discover more about real-time and annual pollution levels on our interactive website. Family groups could also test their lung function and compare lung sizes using spirometry.

Engaging the public directly at science fairs and other events is part of a new movement by universities and has the joint aim of raising the profile of research as well as reaching out to members of the public. Our appearance at The Big Bang Fair is the latest in a rolling programme of outreach events designed to engage and educate the public about air pollution and health. The MRC is celebrating its centenary this year with a special programme of public engagement activities.

To see photos of the event, please got to LondonAir's  Facebook page here

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