The public were all smiles down at the Bournemouth Air Festival over the first weekend of September. Even as the rain poured, we had hundreds of people engaging in our research which ranged from testing your taste buds to having a go on Bournemouth University’s very own Virtual Reality headset.
The researchers who joined us from both Bournemouth and Southampton had an amazing time interacting with the public. Both young and old were fascinated by the technology we were showcasing – VR headsets and 3D printers – as well as having a go at the interactive ‘Scams and Ladders’ board that Sally Lee and Lee-Ann Fenge had brought to show the public the effects of not being careful with your money.
Cancer Research UK joined us from Southampton and told us how pleased they were to see so many people engaging with their research. Even the research engagement manager commented that “it was great to be able to talk to smaller groups of people for a longer period of time and really get into what research we do as close as Southampton. It was great to see how the engagement was teaching them something new about the research we are currently undertaking to help fight cancer!”
We are so glad to have joined up with the British Science Association, Siemens, University of Southampton, Cancer Research UK, and Barclays to bring an engaging tent of science to the Bournemouth Air Festival. We are grateful to everyone who got involved with our events and we hope to see you at our future events over the next year, check out our website for more information!