Wow, what a day Gabriel and I had yesterday at New Scientist Live at ExCeL. Gabriel was in heaven and I was designated bag holder while he enjoyed the time and freedom to soak up STEM and learn from the experts (with no little brothers in tow).
The highlight of the day for Gabriel was meeting heroes Dr Chris & Dr Xand from CBBC's Operation Ouch, and listening to their talk on genes. Lovely nice guys too, spending time with all the children who'd queued to meet them.
Gabriel also had to be dragged away from the Dyson stand - sadly he's just a little too young for the Dyson Institute or he'd have signed up right away. He loves taking apart and rebuilding household objects so was in his element playing around with the hairdryer and vacuum cleaner elements.
We also heard Liz Bonnin speak passionately about the problem of plastic, following her BBC series Drowning in Plastic where she investigated the impact of ocean plastic on the marine food web. Hard listening and it feels hopeless, but as Liz said, change will happen if we individuals act. We must write to our MPs again and again and reduce our plastic usage NOW.
There was so much at New Scientist Live that Gabriel and I barely covered two of its five zones. My fault for entering the hall with Gabriel at the Engineering zone! We spent most of our day in Engineering and Technology but had a whistle stop tour of Cosmos, Earth and Humans Zones which again were packed with stands and activities to entertain and educate.
We needed all weekend there, if not more. I may try to persuade G’s school to give him a day off next year so we can move into ExCeL for four days... Thank you New Scientist Live for inviting us - wWe had the most incredible time and can’t wait to come back for more next year.
We were #gifted a day pass to New Scientist Live in return for a review. All words, thoughts and pictures are my own.
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