This year the Glasgow Science Festival (GSF) is back and taking place ‘on the sofa’. The digital programme commenced on the 9th of September 2020 and is available until the 9th of November 2020, while live events were broadcasted in the past week.
The SHIP team has contributed to this year’s programme by delivering an enthusiastic and interactive presentation. Entitled “It’s soap challenge time”, this activity has given us another opportunity to engage with the public, going beyond the limitations and challenges arising from the current pandemic. To read more about our contribution, you can check the GSF website through this link: bit.ly/3mpXxyb
The message to help prevent the spread of infection by cleaning your hands has been highlighted and presented in the short video (below), where Lucy Gozdzielewska, Alicia Ware and Laura Fregonese demonstrated the WHO 6-step hand washing technique. To make this activity more creative and spontaneous we have suggested washing your hands along with a favourite song: https://washyourlyrics.com/
Here is also a link to a fun soap experiment which we hope will stimulate curiosity and become an experiential and educational moment for everyone, regardless of their age: bit.ly/3kjkph7
While this pandemic has sadly changed many things in our lives and the way in which higher education and research reach out to the public, this event has demonstrated that these challenges can be overcome. Glasgow Caledonian University is still able to have a mutually beneficial impact on our community, provide meaningful activities that are accessible and available to everyone, and make our communities inclusive, all part of our mission for the greater common good.
For more information on GSF you can follow @GlasgowSciFest on Twitter and search for the activities using #GlaSciFest and #ScienceOnTheSofa
You can also follow GSF on Instagram (glascifest) and Facebook (glasgowsciencefestival)