IMPACT took part in the University of Edinburgh’s Family Events Programme, part of the Science Festival activities held at the National Museum of Scotland from 1-16 April. Below is a video showing photos of the event.
Based at the Learning Centre, our 'Micro-Engineers' event invited children and their carers to discover real life plans to implant a miniature monitoring station inside a cancer tumour to help doctors destroy it. In the movie Fantastic Voyage, a submarine with a crew is shrunk to microscopic size and injected into a patient’s blood stream. At our event, there was no science fiction involved, but some 2000 people enjoyed a variety of activities. They learned about sensors and used some common ones found at home and in hospitals.
The children were also able to light up an LED attached to a chip by dipping a rod into a 'body' tank, showing how the IMPACT device will be powered when inside the body. Visitors to the exhibit also enjoyed a ‘spot the difference’ poster activity to teach the difference between healthy and cancerous cells, before looking down microscopes and testing their knowledge on both types of cells.