The kids were researchers for a day
– This was so fun! It was great that so many people from the department were able to take of their time to participate. I really hope we can do this again next year, says Anne Duplouy researcher in systematic biology and the one who organised the day.
During three hours the kids, seven to eight years old, went from activity to activity. All in all seven stations. In the basement of the Ecology building they were introduced to one of the biggest insect collections in the world, and they had a close look at one sample through a microscope. Another activity was a small laboratory that had been put up just for the day. Dressed in white lab coats, goggles and gloves the kids became real researchers for a while.
At another station they investigated how the larvae of Drosophila fruit flies react to light sources. At yet another station the children got to know the secrets of pollination of a strawberry flower. And they ate the result.
They also learned about the differences between good and bad bacteria and why it is important to wash your hands.
Mosquitoes, their life cycle and their attraction for stinky socks was also on the programme. At one station the kids used a heat camera to discover the difference in temperature between themselves and other objects.
– They were so curious and asked a lot of questions. Some of the kids have parents that work at Lund University and quite a few of them already knew what a researcher is. They describe researchers as people that ”read a lot, ask questions, test different ideas and write reports”, says Anne Duplouy.