Are all bacteria bad for us?

We’re excited to have Louise Roberts of @AlimentiFoodSciences joining the Experi-Tent on Sunday 11 May She’ll be talking about bugs and food. What else?

Each of us, as an adult, has around 30,000,000,000,000 viable microbes living in our intestines and body, comprising over 400 different species. How much do all these bugs weigh in an average adult? Around 200g, according to the US Library of Medicine.  However, this estimate varies widely. They help to digest food, especially vegetable matter and keep harmful bacteria (or pathogens) at bay.

Louise and Helen Manley will be at the Experi-TENT on the Quomps, Christchurch on 11 and 12 May.  Bring along your questions so you can eat your way to a healthier lifestyle. At the same time gain confidence in how scientists are working to ensure we know what food we are eating and where it comes from.

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Experi-TENT Support

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Food Festival Experi-TENT supported by Outreach Grant

We are bringing science to the Christchurch Food Festival.

The Discover Science Christchurch team have been awarded funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry. We’ll be working hard, recruiting volunteers and designing and practising fun things for you to do on 11 and 12 May.

Our pop up science activity will be at the heart of the Christchurch Food Festival on 11 and 12th May 2019.  Find out more.

The experi-TENT experiences includes hands-on activities, meet and talk to scientists and explore the science in our food. Our aim is to connect around 2000 members of the community to our passion for science.

We’re looking forward to gaining your support for a more permanent science discovery centre in the town.

Activities will include acid and base chemistry, flavour enhancers, food safety and food fraud and more general diet. Our team of volunteers will have a range of experiments and demonstrations as well as Illustrations on display boards.

Competition time!

Two competitions will support the hands-on activities and prompt engagement and discussion with chemists, material scientists and engineers.

Get in touch!

We’d love to hear from you about how to get involved and support us at this event. A training day will take place on 13th April where we will try the hands-on activities and do our risk assessments. Please register to find out more.

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Experi-TENT at Christchurch Food Festival 2019


Experi-TENT 11 and 12 May 2019

Why does Corn Pop? How much chemistry is in your shopping basket? How safe is your food? How can you be sure where your food comes from? If you can help explain any of these questions we’d love to have you join us in our Experi-TENT at the Christchurch Food Festival on 11 and 12 May on the Quomps in Christchurch. Our Experi-TENT is supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund.

As well as bringing some science to the festival, we will be having a dialogue about creating a permanent science discovery centre at the end of Christchurch High Street as part of a planned new development in order to engage public input and support.

If you are interested in further details as a visitor or a volunteer please add your details here.

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