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On Saturday 22 February, a team from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) enjoyed a day engaging with some of tomorrow's future scientists and surgeons at Swindon's first science festival.

© NDS

"Tomorrow" is a new two-day festival of science and engineering at Swindon's STEAM Museum.The 'Discovery Zone' in the Great Western Hall attracted over 2,000 visitors during the festival and the NDS outreach team were excited to show some of the young people of today how fun science and medicine can be.

Our informative hands-on exhibition gave visitors, children and adults alike, the opportunity to learn how to suture a banana skin to simulate surgery, discover how surgeons wash their hands, and participate in a 3D learning experience to explore the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems with fully immersive 360 videos using augmented reality t-shirts and iPads.

Comments received on the day included:

'It was a really fun experience and it was great to get the kids excited about science!!!'

'Really fun and enticing. Enjoyed myself a lot. The banana is recovering well.'

'Very good, especially the part where I sewed the banana back together.'

'The staff were friendly and helpful. The children learnt a lot.'

'I enjoyed seeing inside the human body and seeing the tissue.'

'Fantastic!! Really engaged with the kids.'

 

Accounts Assistant, Valerie Parke, said: 'I enjoyed volunteering and explaining about the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences to all who stopped and participated in the activities.'

Please contact Louise King if you are a NDS member interested in joining the Outreach Working Group or would like to be involved with our outreach activities on an adhoc basis.

The Swindon Outreach Team

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