Making blood, macrophages and eyesPosted: April 10, 2014
Today I spent time with 4-11 year olds doing activities and talking my research – macrophages (a type of white blood cell) and eyes. We talked a little about what I do (experiments) and then the children had a go at pipetting ‘chemicals’ (water with food colouring added to it) into tissue culture plates. We then talked about blood: what it does (carries sugars, proteins and oxygen around the body) and what it is made up of (red and white blood cells, platelets and serum). This lead us to macrophages so we made an animal cell and talked about the nucleus (contains all of the information), the mitochondria (make energy) and the endoplasmic reticulum (makes proteins and squirts them out). My research focuses on eye disease, non-infectious posterior uveitis in particular, so we made eyes and talked about what an optician sees when they look into the eye – the retina.
This is the first time I have done anything with this age group and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. They were more knowledgeable than I expected and also well behaved although quite excitable! The playscheme staff did a fantastic job of helping and made me a lovely cup of tea too. I had a great day and I hope the children did too. More fun to look forward to next week, including making snot!
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