Science Alive is jointly organised by the British Council, the Education Bureau (EDB), the Hong Kong Education City Limited and the Hong Kong Science Museum, sponsored by The Croucher Foundation.

Every year, for the past 21 years, Science Alive invites leading UK academics and communicators in various fields of science to engage Hong Kong’s students, teachers and the public in activities that promote a wider understanding of science.

As always, we would like to thank our partners and sponsors for their continued support and the many teachers, students and parent participants who help make science “alive”.

Welcome and join us during 8-21 March 2014!

Science Alive 2014 programme includes:

Family days with drop-in activities

During the weekends of Science Alive, science communicators from Society of Biology and University of Edinburgh will conduct various drop-in activities for children to learn science through games, including making a genetic blueprint for a dog, genome game and life through lens series. Balloon-twisting clowns, bubble artists and face painters will be there to enhance the chilrend's learning.

Science drama shows

It takes guts

Follow the journey of food into your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts, and then… out the other end!  This show, featuring video footage of people's insides, is a gross, squirm-inducing demonstration of why exactly your poo is brown.

Mr Shark’s coral café

"Mr Shark’s coral café” is a show aimed at generating awareness on shark finning issues and sustainable marine life. In the show, the ecological crisis facing marine life due to excessive fishing, the importance of coral reefs, as well as the food chain and human relations will be taught. 

Teachers and students workshops

Whose DNA?

Someone has stolen an ancient dinosaur exhibit from the Hong Kong Science Museum! The forensic team at Hong Kong Police Force needs the help of some smart scientists –they found some hair at the scene of the crime and they want to find out if the DNA from the hair matches the DNA of the two prime suspects. To do this you will need to use special techniques used by forensics and biologists called ‘DNA finger-printing’. Using special enzymes and an exciting technique called electrophoresis to compare the DNA fragments with that of the suspects, you will be able to confirm whose DNA was left at the scene of the crime and help get the rare dinosaur fossils back from the burglars! Students will learn about DNA through the exciting topic of forensics and discuss other applications of this technique including detecting genetic diseases and paternity tests.

Blood, Bruise and Ooz & Slime Time

Blood, Bruise and Ooze

Find out about blood and how it travels throughout the human body, discovering what it does, what it is made up of and what happens when you start to lose it.  This workshop will explore sordid scabs and bruises and how they help to protect your body.  

Slime Time

Slime is a strange substance. Left to its own devices, it oozes like a liquid; give it a push or a pull, and it's stiff like a solid.  This workshop looks at materials, how they change and transform, and involves making slippery slime.

Life through a lens

This is a workshop and drama that brings cell biology to life. Children meet four scientists from history and discover that each one has a theory. The children demand that the scientist prove their theory, shouting ‘prove it’ enthusiastically. The scientists then help the children to perform their own experiments to prove or disprove the theory. The play ends with a modern day scientist talking about their current research.

Science interactive lectures

Genetic Identification of The Richard III

When the University of Leicester Archaeology Service undertook the Grey Friars project, it was thought that the chances of finding the remains of Richard III were slim to none. Nevertheless, Dr Turi King, with her background both in archaeology and genetics, was approached in the very early stages - should the skeletal remains of a 'good candidate' to be Richard III be found, would she be interested in overseeing the DNA analysis. Dr King will speak about the Grey Friars project, from the early stages of planning the dig, through to the excavation and the results of the various strands of analysis carried out on the remains.

The Biology of Superheroes

Ever wondered about the science behind? Where does the Incredible Hulk get his incredible bulk? How might Superman develop x-ray vision? How could superheroes fly? This interactive lecture discusses the science behind the fiction of modern superhero movies.

Biological Diversity under Global Environmental Change

With the world’s population now exceeding 7 billion people, increasing pressures are being put on our planet to secure sufficient food and space for each inhabitant. Yet the Earth is a finite system, and as a growing proportion of natural resources is being harvested for human consumption, less energy and less space is being left to the components of biodiversity. In this talk, Dr Pettorelli will review observed and predicted impacts of global environmental change on biological diversity and ecosystems. She will then highlight the key role of science in informing future environmental management strategies.

The Number Mysteries

This interactive lecture will explore how mathematics can help to predict the future. Specifically it will conclude with a discussion of mathematical models of population growth.

Science hands-on exhibition- LifeWorks

7 exhibits from Science Work from the UK will be displayed in the lecture hall lobby to introduce young children to the wonders of biology. The exhibits range from human parts and plants, and children can feel, try and examine them, including:

  • Skeleton hand 

A model of a human hand and wrist shows the bones and tendons. Students pull knobs to flex the fingers of the hand individually showing how the hand works.

  •  Human torso

Children can fit the internal organs into their correct places in a full-size human torso. Afterwards they remove them and put them in the base which names and describes them.

  • Key

A number of resin blocks contain small creatures of the arthropod group (insects, etc.) which children can view with magnifying glasses. They then classify them onto a key based on a number of defining characteristics.

  • Animal vision

A number of goggles have lenses that are modified to mimic the vision of various animals. When children put them on they see as the animals do.

  • Fossil find

A set of fossils are arranged in a time sequence. Students have to try to identify the source of the fossil by comparing them with a picture key.

  • Body parts

There are casts of different parts of the human body hidden inside boxes. Children feel them and try to identify what they are.

  • Balance

Children test their ability to balance by standing on a small platform that pivots at its centre. As long as they stay level a timer will run to compare their times with one another.