Monthly Archives: June 2011

Putting the Martians on Mars

All stitched up

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Stitched Science event this weekend. We had a ball and hope you did too. We’ve gathered together a few pictures to give those that couldn’t make it a flavour of the event.

The most popular activity, even among people completely new to the world of wool, was knitting a Mars Martian to be stuck on the knitted planet Mars.

Getting people’s creations up on the planets provided a bit of a spectacle. We had a few attachment issues with plastic bag yarn continents falling off but we got there in the end.

The cross stitch was also really interesting with Colin and Jamie (Mr X Stitch) displaying some of their work which included cross stitched Pokemon characters and cross stitch graffiti.

When it came to communicating science, both Woolly Thoughts (maths and illusion knitting) and Knit a Neurone (neuroscience) had a great response from visitors. It really engaged people and got people talking about scientific subjects in a very different way.

If you came along let us know what you thought…

Stitched Science

Stitched Science

It’s only four days until the Stitch London team will be joining us at the museum to stitch the world’s largest handmade solar system. From neurons to giant Jupiter, your skills are needed to help create this piece of art, so come down and join in!

Don’t worry if you can’t knit or stitch - the Stitch London experts will also be running workshops to show you how. Take a look at our website for all the workshop times and information. The event is free and there’s no need to book – just drop in.

You can see the progress Stitch London have been making and check out some of the science specimens people have already sent in on their picture blog. We have also pulled out a few favourites below.

Purly Paracetamol from Anna Collins

Purly Paracetamol from Anna Collins

Sami Teasdale’s amazing ‘Golden Hope’ made from a radiotherapy mask and Liberty fabric.

Sami Teasdale’s amazing ‘Golden Hope’ made from a radiotherapy mask and Liberty fabric.

See you at the weekend and in the meantime don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on all the latest events and news from the museum too.

Plus please share your experiences over the weekend by using the hashtag #stitchedscience.

Drawings displayed in Launchpad

Your inventions

What are disco-dancing music shoes and stomping robot ponies doing in the Science Museum? Well…

Launchpad is our ‘hands-on minds-on’ gallery which is all about asking questions and making sense of the way things work.

The interactive exhibits (echo tube, air cannon, bubble wall etc) can get the kids pretty excited, so for a change of pace we encourage them sit down and draw a picture.

Sometimes they draw themselves playing in the gallery, sometimes it’ll be their vision of the future or an idea for a crazy new invention. The drawings are then displayed on the wall for everyone to see.

Drawings displayed in Launchpad

Drawings displayed in Launchpad

We’ve got hundreds tucked safely away and we’re going to start sharing the best of them via this blog.

But to give you a taste of what’s to come check out this wonderful animation. It was made by Sierk Heintzmann, who scanned some of the drawings before animating them with a soundtrack of the kids who created them. Watch out for the stomping robot ponies…

Racing Machines

Help us name our new live gaming Festival

Science Museum & Trigger are creating the ultimate gaming festival and we need your help to name it!

We are looking for a name for the festival that sums up the adventurous nature of this real life gaming experience. From being chased by aliens to journeying to space, players can’t hide behind a console in these real world games.

Racing Machines
Racing Machines

To give you an idea of what we mean, the picture above is one of the dozens of games you’ll be able to play. Racing Machines is a reworking of a classic racing game, but instead of a car you’ll be driving a sewing machine around a fabric track. You’ll be penalised for going off the course so you’ve got to be accurate as well as fast…

In addition we’ll be inviting festival-goers to create games inspired by science in a day long Games Jam.

Email your name ideas to Angie by Tuesday 21 June. The festival will take place from 28 September – 2 October.