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Make:Shift:Do and British Science Week bring DIY DNA testing to Canterbury

  • Date: Sunday 11th March
  • Times: 11:00am - 3:00pm

In celebration of British Science Week, the Crafts Council’s Make:Shift:Do is teaming up with the British Science Association to bring citizen science to Canterbury and give families the chance to get hands-on with their DNA.

Bento Bio are on a mission to make genetic technologies more accessible. They are building Bento Lab, a portable laboratory for all curious minds to engage with DNA any place, any time.

Visitors are invited to join Bento Bio in their pop-up laboratory in Canterbury’s Westgate Hall on Sunday 11 March 2018, where the team will help them to extract their own DNA using household ingredients.

Dot One, a personalisation company that uses genetic data to create unique fashion and design products, will then help visitors to create a unique design based on 10 of their genetic traits, from eye colour to sleep patterns. Visitors will colour their design and then transfer it onto a t-shirt to take home.

Workshops are for a family audience and are suitable for people aged 5+. Its free to take part, and tea and coffee will be provided.

 

Visiting Information:

Admission is free and on a drop-in basis

Event takes place on Sunday 11 March 2018

Workshops will run 11am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm.

Westgate Hall Rd, Canterbury CT1 2BT

 

Zoe Dennington, Learning and Participation Manager at the Crafts Council, says:

Make:Shift:Do explores the overlap between science and craft, so we’re really pleased to be part of British Science Week. This is an opportunity for families to learn about citizen science in a really fun way, and create something based on their genetic traits that are completely unique to them.