ScienceThe best way to learn about science is to do it. Try your hand at gene therapy or see if you could survive as a plant.
Stem cell dilemmaThe Scottish Stem Cell Network were also keen to warn people about unscrupulous clinics who offer untested or unsafe stem cell therapies. Stem cell therapies offer great hope for the future but the technology isn't quite ready yet. However, there are a lot of clinic web sites offering 'miracle' cures. We created a simple clear exhibit which helps potential patients tell dodgy sites from legitimate clinics. There's a lot of interest in the exhibit and its going be installed in the Dundee Science Centre, The Glasgow Science centre and various science fairs. Thanks to Bivouac for the graphics.
Gene therapy challengeThe Science Museum in London asked us to create an exhibit on the complex topic of gene therapy for cystic fibrosis. To make things more difficult gene therapy isn't yet possible. Inspired by spy dramas such as Spooks we created a sophisticated exhibit which uses short games to explain the gene therapy process. The gallery version is controlled by a real physical 'Big knob' to give visitors a direct feeling of control. Thanks to Rose Tomlinson and James Bates for making it look great.
Patient of the futureThe Science Museum in London wanted to explore how we'll be using genetic tests in the future. Is it fair to deny sick people a drug just because they have the wrong genes? It's a complex topic and one that could easily have become dry and abstract. We kept the exhibit direct and simple by controlling it with just two buttons labelled 'Yes' and 'No'. We also created a whole cast of weird and wonderful patients who show that even technology is different in the future, people are going to be pretty much the same. Thanks to Rose Tomlinson and James Bates for making it look great.
Extinct!Professor Ottoline Leyser from the University of York wanted more people to understand the strategies that plants use to maximise their chances of survival. So we created a "sim city" type game which lets you take the role of a wild or farmed plant. Can you avoid getting eaten by pests, attract bees to pollinate your flowers and make enough seeds to ensure your chances of survival?
Thanks to the BBSRC for funding support.
Find out more about the future of scienceThe Centre for Life had a lot of future science they wanted to put into their gallery without covering the walls with text panels. We created three different exhibits on the subjects of Climate change, Ageing and Stem cells.
Each exhibit contains a vast amount of information to keep the fact hungry happy, lots of gorgeous photos and there's even a quiz to draw in the less enthusiastic. The exhibits are constructed so that it is easy for the centre staff to update the content if the science changes. Thanks to Bivouac for the graphic design.