Welcome back to my blog and Part 2 of the catch up of my recent trip to London.
Day one we visited the RA Summer Exhibition and I blogged about that in an earlier post.
The following day we went to University College London (UCL) to their Engineering department for a free Festival of Stuff!
They took over a large outside space and inside one of their labs too
There was free ice cream, coffee and music too!
Whilst there was a lot children could do there was a lot of adults without kids (like us) taking part in the experiments
Willow weaving large balls
Homemade silly putty
I made a LED badge with copper tape and a battery (again a free workshop)
There was a handmade geiger counter demonstrating the radioactive levels of bananas and brazil nuts!
Alka-Seltzer rockets were exploding round this corner
This group were hand carving a large wood cut image
and then using a steam roller to act as the press!
Printing on a HUGH scale!
There was copper bowl and spoon making sessions
Lots of explosions and things on fire!
Many hands on tables. This was aluminium smelter and a neon plastic where without a light source the cut end glowed
This was a fine knitted metal mesh which looked dull grey until a certain spectrum of light shone on it and it glowed white!
As you can imagine with all these experiments taking place there had to be a certain level of Health and Safety. For once common sense ruled as these were the only signs I saw!!
A fantastic free afternoon. I like to think of it as extreme crafting!