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During this year's IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival, a NDS team of outreach volunteers spent a fun weekend stimulating young minds with a range of family-friendly activities.

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The outreach team shared their passion and knowledge of science and medicine in the Westgate Shopping Centre (Westgate Wonderlab) on Saturday 19 October and in Oxford Town Hall (Explorazone) on Sunday 20 October.

The hands-on activities were: learning how to suture a banana skin to simulate surgery, hands-on training using a robotic surgery simulator, discovering how surgeons wash their hands, a 3D learning experience to explore the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems with fully immersive 360 videos using augmented reality t-shirts and iPads, and 3D printed models, including a kidney, liver, and paediatric chest with lungs and a heart.

Below are just some of the positive comments the outreach team received from the many children of all ages, and some adults too, who visited the NDS interactive stall.

Banana suturing

 “It’s a very good way to learn how to stitch people if you want to be a surgeon. Or if you don’t, it’s just very fun.”

“I realised how hard it would be on a human.”

“A great idea! Brilliant way to inspire children into medicine.”

The robotic surgery simulator

 “I found this experience very enjoyable, interesting and fun. It made me consider being a surgeon when I’m older and I hope I will do something similar soon!”

“It was absolutely brilliant.”

Glo Germ hand hygiene

"I really enjoyed trying the germ test. I also did it at my primary school in Year 6. It was really good. I enjoyed it so much."

Augmented reality t-shirts

“Very interesting and exciting technology, looking in the human body.”

“Fun, fascinating and a little bit disturbing.”

 Stimulating young minds at IF Oxford© NDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NDS Outreach Working Group are now busy planning their outreach programme for 2020.

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

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