The Brecon Beacons were the beautiful setting for a music festival called Green Man which happened the weekend of the 20-23rd of August 2010, and the unlikely place to find scientists brewing up fun!
Science Brainwaves, not ones to turn down the chance to get science out to everyone they could, packed up a Transit van and drove the 186 miles to set up a stall called Einstein’s Kitchen in the area of the Green Man festival called Einstien’s Garden (…can you see the link?). Einstein’s Kitchen had a number of different experiments running at various times to get across the basic principles of biology, chemistry and physics to the sodden festival-goers (it may have rained just a wee bit…). All of these experiments were based on things easily found in the kitchen cupboard. Things included using lemons as batteries, Strawberry DNA extractions, sweetie chromatography, dry-ice ice cream, using a cabbage to detect pH, Oobleck, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar volcanos, and more!
If you were lucky enough to attend the festival and had a go at some experiments at our stall then this blog will, for now, be the place to find all the info you need to recreate the experiments in your own kitchen! If you couldn’t get to the festival, then don’t worry! Hopefully you’ll be able to get a feel for the event from our photos and reports. We’ll be sticking up all the information sheets and posters we had there so you can give it all a go yourself! You never know, we may well be taking a new and improved Einstein’s Kitchen to other places… keep your eyes peeled! In the mean time, enjoy!
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Lots of science love!
The Science Brainwaves Team