We took on the Wondroid challenge and went on a scavenger hunt in London

On 12th October 2016, all eyes will turn to Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery opening at the Science Museum in London. To celebrate its launch, families in London are invited to embark on an exciting geo-location scavenger hunt, where they will be in with a chance of winning an exclusive private view of Wonderlab. The new gallery is designed to ignite interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) while enjoying a fun day out. With more than 50 spectacular cutting edge exhibits, such as a giant interactive orrery, live shows and immersive experiences, Wonderlab is set to wow the whole family.

Wondroid is a delightful robot that was designed by the engineers at the energy provider, Statoil. Unfortunately Wondroid has lost some parts of his body and the challenge is by using the app, traces, you will help restore the robot by finding the clues.

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As a family we love a challenge, anything that gets us out and about and especially one that involves us using our brains (or google sometimes).

We downloaded the app prior to leaving our home and made sure that our phone was fully charged ready for our day of creating, discovering and catching memories.

Once we downloaded the app we was guided through page by page.

It was simple and easy to follow.

The first clue is given to you on the wondroid website the second two are on the traces app.

If you work/Live in London you may know many of the historical/landmarks to visit. We thought we would be fine, but in fact we had to use the hint link on all 3.  We kind of knew who the clue was about but had no idea in which part of London where to find them.

We found the first one pretty quickly and was hoping that the second one wouldn’t need much travelling to. Once you know that you are in the right location you need to turn on your traces app and by holding your phone up and scanning around you will be able to catch the trace. It works similar to taking a photograph, once the trace is within the circle you simply press catch.

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After a little pose in front of a statue we was ready to move on to our next location.

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Once we worked out the answer to the second clue we made our way by train to get there. It was only a short journey away.

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Each time you catch a trace you are rewarded with wondroid being given a part of his body back

The children really enjoyed their little adventure through the streets of London, visiting places that we wouldn’t normally go to. Going on the Scavenger hunt searching for Wondroid body parts helped them learn navigation skills and they even learned how to map read, navigating us from one place to another.

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We found ourselves googling more information on the historical icons. Not only did we have fun but the day was positivity educational.

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We worked together to solve the clues and it was the ideal opportunity to explore London and the science themed landmarks that we wouldn’t have normally known of.  The app was simple to download and easy to follow.

Everyone who helps put Wondroid back together again are entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the Science Museum wonderlab which opens in october.

The whole geo scavenger hunt took us about 1 1/2 hours in total. Clues 2 & 3 are pretty close by, within walking distance. The furthest distance to travel was between clue 1 & 2, you could walk it was easier to travel by tube.

For more information on the Statoil Wondroid read my post here

Post in partnership with Statoil Womderlab

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Wonderlab Gallery Scavenger Hunt in London Competition

Can you take on the Statoil Wondroid Challenge?

A One-off competition invites children in London to build a robot on a virtual scavenger hunt, and discover the world of science this summer

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On 12th October 2016, all eyes will turn to Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery opening at the Science Museum in London. To celebrate its launch, families in London are invited to embark on an exciting geo-location scavenger hunt, where they will be in with a chance of winning an exclusive private view of Wonderlab. The new gallery is designed to ignite interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) while enjoying a fun day out. With more than 50 spectacular cutting edge exhibits, such as a giant interactive orrery, live shows and immersive experiences, Wonderlab is set to wow the whole family.

Curious at heart and on a mission to teach children the wonders of science, Wondroid is a friendly robot built by engineers at energy provider, Statoil. Unfortunately, Wondroid has lost some of his robot body parts. To enter the competition, families in locations where Statoil’s offices are based, these are London, Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth, should simply visit the Statoil webpage  where they can download a free app to their mobile device and watch the story unfold with Wondroid in any one of the three Statoil based locations.

With the school holidays in full swing, keeping the kids entertained can be a full time job. By following the App’s simple instructions, families can work together to solve three clues provided by Wondroid. Providing a perfect opportunity to explore the great outdoors, families will need to visit three science-themed landmarks in London. In retracing Wondroid’s steps, children will enjoy moving from one landmark to another in a scavenger hunt for the modern age. Everyone who helps piece Wondroid back together again will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to a private view in opening week of the gallery, as well as a host of other wonderful Wonderlab prizes. The competition closes on Monday 19th September 2016 and the winners will be announced on Friday 23rd September 2016.

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery is dedicated to STEM learning, a curriculum designed to effortlessly integrate four disciplines; science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Built on the belief that the future will be shaped through innovation and curiosity, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery is the ultimate space to help encourage engagement and show the exciting possibilities offered by STEM. The gallery has been designed to help encourage children and adults alike to be more curious and ignite passion for the science.

“Our industry’s future depends on advances in science, engineering, technology and maths so that we can provide affordable, sustainable energy for generations to come. So we are very excited to be supporting Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery. The gallery will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to see the world differently through show-stopping, creative and rewarding science-related experiences. We hope as many families as possible take up the Statoil Wondroid Challenge with a chance to win a visit to Wonderlab and experience the greatest interactive science gallery in the world before anyone else.” said Dominic Martin, VP Communication, Statoil.

Unlike any exhibition of its kind, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery allows children to interact with scientific phenomena; a rare opportunity that is destined to enthral visitors of all ages. This exclusive Wondroid competition gives families the chance to experience the interactive gallery before it opens to the public, an opportunity to be remembered for a lifetime.

It’s a truly wonderful experience. A chance to to get as a family and have fun, learn and even win some prizes.

Are you ready to hunt?

 

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Brainiac Live; Science Abuse Review

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Laughing in the face of Science!

Brainiac Live is currently at Palace Theatre, London, Until 18th August the show is all about solving baffling scientific mysteries, exploding caravans and blowing up microwaves, with the odd electric shock and quizzes thrown in too. After five years and more than 60 programmes following the Brainiac boffins’ explosive voyage of scientific discovery on Sky TV, they’ve decided to take to the road and bring their madcap brand of experimentation to the theatre so that you can get up close and personal with Brainiac Science Abuse.

Brainiac has a simple core idea: to explore everyday science in an entertaining and anarchic way. Not only do they blow up caravans but they also ask the important questions in life “Is it possible to walk on custard?” They have done countless experiments involving explosions, mess and pain e.g Broken the sound barrier with a tin of vegetables, launched a garden shed on huge rockets and made a 25 metre fireball using 40 litres of petrol.

Brainiac Live is a brilliant, exciting show, just like the TV Show with plenty of surprises, extremely loud bangs, facts, fun and lots of Brainiac madness.

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On Wednesday we all made our way to the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue to see for ourselves what it was all about, Jak loves watching Brainiac and is Science mad always making up little experiments so he was really looking forward to seeing it Live. Unfortunately daddy wasn’t feeling well so we took Oliver (our 24 month) with us, it is advised on the website that children under 4.5 shouldn’t go but as we didn’t have childcare I thought we would just give it a go. Lucky for us our seats were on the edge in the stalls (N5 -N2), we had a clear view of all of the stage and the seats were comfortable with plenty of space. Oliver had his own seat, which he was pleased as he got to stand up whenever he wanted. We settled down in our seats and got out the pringles and drink that we just bought, Jak had got a programme of the show ( costing £4) and he was reading through it when the lights when down and the music started. The show was about to begin!

The show started with a huge bang as they blew up the Caravan that was on the stage.

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The cast of the show got the audience participating by clapping and shouting along, even Oliver joined in

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The show was just as exciting as we thought it would be, we laughed at the jokes, especially when the Brainiacs did a dance to Beyoncé ‘Single ladies’

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We watched Brainiacs get electric shocks from a live fence, get spun around in a office chair by rockets, have their fingers frozen with Liquid Nitrogen and run through plaster board and netting (or at least try to!)

We laughed at the jokes, we covered our ears at the bangs (which were very loud) and we were amazed at the Science.

Towards the end of the show the Brainiacs asked for some help from the audience to catch some circles of smoke that were shot out from huge airzookas, Jak jumped up and shouted along with all of the other children in the audience but the lucky little boy got picked and off he went up to the stage. He was put in a team with two other people that also got picked and he was given a large hoop to catch the smoke circles with and sent out into the audience. His team were against the Brainiacs and guess who won, Yes, Jak’s team did!

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 Their reward for winning was to blow up a microwave, they got to push the button on stage and watch the microwave go up with a bang.

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The show really was a blast! It’s all the children have spoken about since coming home, they absolutely loved it! It is the most fun and interactive show we have watched. The programme that Jak bought is brilliant full of information, quizzes and experiments, definitely worth the £4 and definitely a keepsake.

The show is Currently being shown at Palace Theatre, London until the 18th August, and we would highly recommend a visit to watch it.

For more information visit www.brainiaclive.com I currently have tickets up for grabs on the blog, but quickly the comp ends tonight 9th august 2013

We was given 4 tickets for the purpose of this review, no payment has been received, sorry about the quality of photos, they were taken on my iphone and it was very bright on the stage.

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Create An Amazing Erupting Volcano

Joseph and I made this volcano the other day, it was fun and simple to do.

You will need:

A clear plastic bottle (we used a Highland spring bottle which was green but still see through)

Scissors

Plasticine

Tape

Paper

Felt tip pens

For the lava:

Baking Powder

Vinegar

Washing up Liquid

Red food colouring

Instructions:

Firstly you need to cut the bottle in half and discard the bottom half as you will only need the top part.

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Secondly, cut the top part of the bottle off, about 1-2 cm will do, this will create the magma chamber. Turn the part that you have cut off and place it upside down into the bottle.

Next you need to seal the edge of the magma chamber with some tape and some plasticine (i used red so that it looked like lava)

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Now you need to decorate the volcano! Cut out a collar of paper, so that it will fit inside of the bottle and colour it in so that it will look like an exploding volcano. Once done, push the collar up inside of the bottle.

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Now for the fun bit!

To make the lava mix you will need to mix together 150ml vinegar, three tablespoons of washing up liquid and about 2 drops of food colouring

Spoon 2 teaspoons of baking powder into the magma chamber.

It can get quite messy for the next bit so i advice to either put the volcano onto a tray or take it outside!

Slowly pour the lava mixture into the magma chamber and now wait for the eruption to begin! It will firstly begin to bubble and then the lava will start to spill over the sides of the volcano.

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The fun thing about this volcano is that it can be used again and again, just wash out the chamber ready for the next time.

 

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Rocket Balloons

Science Experiment

A fun activity that can be done with children of any age.

You will need:

2 balloons

2 paper clips

2 straws

string

sticky tape/masking tape

Scissors

And plenty of Space

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Measure out two long pieces of string, make sure they are of equal lengths. Thread on a straw on each piece. We taped our string from one end of the room to the other but you can use be more precise in your measurements and use 2 chairs measuring out a specific length.

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Blow up the balloons and twist the ends and attach a paper clip to stop the air from escaping. Attach the balloons to the straws by using some sticky tape.

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Carefully remove the paper clips and let the balloons go together. Watch how far they travel.

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Get ready for take off!

By using different shaped and sized balloons, you will be able to rate what balloons travels the furthest and quickest. The air inside the balloon in under pressure causing the balloon to expel it and pushing the balloon the other way, like a rocket!

 

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Let children dream through science with Haier

Haier world’s leading home appliances brand commits to supporting science and technology in the UK and Inspires the next generation of innovators by announcing its support to the Science Museum in London. The partnership started on 1st July 2012 and will run for 2 years. Haier is very interested in the way that science and technology impact our everyday lives, their commitment to the science museum will enable school children experience practical science in a fun environment encouraging them to pursue these topics at a young age.

The Science museum is one of London’s most visited attractions drawing 3 million visitors a year and up to 20,000 on very busy days. Of that 3 million there are roughly 360,000 young people in which are booked educational groups.

“We were very impressed by the work of the Science Museum and felt that sponsoring their new-technology and family-friendly galleries was an excellent opportunity to engage with the British public” Stated Wei Duan, Market Director haier Uk and Ireland.

A part of the partnership Haier will sponsor a dedicated area in the Launchpad which is a gallery that is dedicated to encouraging children and young people to explore science first hand with 50 hands-on exhibits and shows. launchpad is all about asking questions and making sense of the science that makes our world. Being interactive, educational and fun The Launchpad is the most popular part of the Science Museum, the space that Haier are sponsoring within the Launchpad area aims to encourage children and young people to engage with science and to use their creativity to become the innovative designers of tomorrow.

Drawings displayed in Launchpad

A week ago the boys were invited along to an event at the Science Museum with Haier for them to experience hands on the Launchpad area. Haier took over the top floor of the Museum where they allowed the children to have fun creating their own liquid nitrogen ice cream, make delicious smoothies by playing a computer game on a bicycle and take part in experiments that were put together by the science museum outreach team.

We arrived late on the day so we missed out on experiencing the launchpad area but we are not unfamiliar with it at all as a family we have visited it many times before in fact its the boys favourite place to go. They love being involved with the experiments and touching and trying out everything. My eldest boy Jak absolutely loves science and has tons of books on the subject, he says he wants to be an inventor when he is older and is always drawing away inventing new things. He mostly likes to invent new cars or new toys, he draws them and then labels them up. Although we missed the launchpad the boys were still invited to draw their very own invention on a card, Jak drew a new car that he has invented and Joseph drew an alien and a rocket. They couldn’t wait to hand them on so they would be placed on to the board for everyone to see.

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Once we arrived we was shown to our very own private floor away from all the other visitors of the day, we even got through the back entrance and walked through the museum before everyone else was allowed in, we felt so special lol. There was plenty for the children to try out, the first thing the zoned in on was the ice-cream made from liquid nitrogen, this was delicious! Jak filled himself up on this with flavours like chocolate with popping candy who couldn’t resist! Joseph waited for a turn on the bicycles which were attached to a computer and had a smoothie machine attached at the front, there was two bicycles and you cycled against your opponent in a race but it wasn’t a race of speed but of intelligence instead, you had to cycle quickly up a hill but slowly down it. Joseph was a little on the small side to reach the pedals so his big brother took his turn instead and made a yummy healthy strawberry smoothie.

Joseph loves to get messy so he really enjoyed the cornflour slime and milk experiments, he played with the cornflour experimenting with the texture and he made new colours with the milk and food colouring. A favourite of both theirs was the stupid egg trick where there are three glasses half filled with water and a tray placed on top of them with three tubes and eggs/balls balancing on top of the tubes, you hit the tray quite hard and hopefully the eggs/balls will fall into the glasses. Joseph managed two out of three so he done really well.

The boys were shown a selection of kitchen science which are activities that can be done at home with everyday ingredients. They wanted to show us that science isn’t just done in laboratories but instead is involved in all aspects of our lives.

Joseph was particularly interested in a Haier washing machine that was illuminated inside the machine so we could see inside and how it worked, although that wasn’t why he was attracted to it, Joseph thought it was a hand drier and was stood there with his hands in front of it trying to dry them, he did make everyone laugh.

 The boys and I had a brilliant day full of learning, experimenting and having fun and I particular enjoyed looking at the kitchen appliances, What! A lady can dream can’t she?;-)

If you want to find out more about the launchpad here http://sciencemuseum.org.uk/launchpad

Haier specialise in technology-led research, manufacturing and trading a large range of durable products- within Europe these include: televisions, refridgerators, dishwashers, washing machines, consumer electronics and energy saving solutions. Take a look at some of Haier appliances here www.haier.co.uk

Thank you to Sarah Gilbert for inviting us along to the event.

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Cornflour Slime

The boys have been making slime at home today, experimenting with the touch and playing and having fun!

This is a great activity to do with children of all ages, I doubt that there is any child or adult that will enjoy playing with the slime.

What you will need

Box of cornflour

Water in a jug

Food colouring of your choice
We used green to look like slime

Plastic tray or a plastic tub

Tablespoon

Instructions

Put your cornflour into a tray

Add some food colouring to the water

Gently and slowly add the coloured water to the tray of cornflour an mix with a spoon, add small amounts at a time as you don’t want the mixture to be too watery. Once all combined get your hands in!

Now your ready to play!

Is the mixture a solid or a liquid?
The boys say both.

Roll the cornflour slime into a ball – it becomes a solid mass, once you stop it becomes slime
Try Tapping, punching, rolling it, running your fingers through it and letting your hand sink in it
What happens?

The boys play with this for hours and never seem to bore of it, it can become messy but once it is dry the slime can be easily swept off of the floor and wiped away from sides. It is easy to wash off of your hands and clothes and is non-toxic, so it makes fabulous play for the younger ones. It is non sticky and can be stored away in the tub in the fridge ready to be played with the next day.

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Why don’t you try it at home and don’t forget to let me know how you get on !

Thank you for reading 🙂

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