Friday, 2 November 2012

The World's Largest Practical Science Lesson

This time last week was GameCity in Nottingham and me and Devilbod went up there and stayed for nine days to cover the eight day long festival celebrating games in all their forms, from digital, to alternate reality, to augmented experiences, to board games and everything else in-between. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet and greet not only people that play games but the people that make them as well.

However there is also a nice side note for me going to Nottingham as it is closer to my Mum, little brother and step-Dad, so this year I got the see them twice as the Festival span two Saturdays. The second of which was quite fun for anther reason.
Image from GameCity7's Flickr Photostream.
It was the World's Largest Practical Science Lesson, which me and my family took part in and in some small way helped break a Guinness World Record. It was a rather fun way to end the week long gaming festival (my blog post about that is over on Dream Development) and as a day out with little brother as we got to make slime and a rocket. :)

It was odd to note that the rocket was made up of an old film canister, the likes that most of the children taking part have probably not seen before. Even though this was a science lesson done using basic materials and chemicals it did strike me how much technology has progressed over such a short space of time.

My visit to the science museum in September also highlighted this, as me and my friend Angie went from the Alan Turing exhibit to the Google Web Lab experiment. It is amazing to think how far it has all come!

Above is the few photo's I took while there, realising that my little dedicated camera is starting to feel threatened by the phones these days. I remember how excited I was when my Grandfather gave me my first camera, it had film and the most advanced feature was the auto film rewind. It is nice to be nostalgic until I remember how easy it was to ruin a set of film by flipping open the back cover or not knowing if precious holiday snaps had come out until after the five day wait for your photo's from Boots! :) Not something the 'Facebook' generation will ever really experience.

Anyway all in all it is nice to be able to take part in things like this and to also visit the Science Museum, I may feel the odd one out in my family sometimes for not doing more science based degree, but that doesn't mean it still doesn't interest me, I just can't keep up with the conversations over the dinner table sometimes. :)