Plant-based meat, snacks from the 3D printer, worms from Martian soil and musical plants: a glimpse of activities on the Wageningen Campus on Sunday 7 October. WUR is opening its doors to the public during National Science Weekend. Expeditions will strike out from a safari tent, taking children, youngsters and adults to a face-to-face encounter with the Wageningen Big Five: Humans, animals, plants, food and soil.
The Big Five are lurking hidden at various points on the campus. Go in search in the different buildings and experience the Big Five in activities, demonstrations, guided tours and presentations across the campus. At each of the Big Five activities, children and their parents will be able to earn a sticker that can be handed in for a nice keepsake at the end. Or watch the mini documentary presentation in the Forum.
A sneak peek...
Trial subjects sought; Would you like to help us to better understand how our 'human behaviour' works? Afterwards we will tell you what we actually wanted to know and why.
Temptation and resistance; Are you able to restrain yourself with an open snack bag right under your nose? How do people deal with temptation? And what are the tricks you use to resist temptation?
Make great titmouse eggs on a 3D printer; We are now able to make exact copies of birds' eggs with the 3D printer. So real that the birds accept them and hatch them out along with their own eggs. Compare the egg of the great titmouse with the huge egg of the extinct elephant bird.
Bone quiz: Did you know that you can tell the diet an animal lived on from its skull? We carry out tests with animal skulls and bones. Test your knowledge of animals by guessing along.
Racing against bacteria; Evolution goes more quickly than you think. Sometimes this is of benefit to us, and at other times dangerous. For example, when bacteria become immune to medications. What do we investigate, and how do we use, or safeguard ourselves against, the effects of evolution?
Learning from termites; Did you know that there are termites (ants) that do agriculture? And have been doing so for 30 million years? They ‘cultivate’ fungi in subterranean gardens. What could we as humans learn from this?
May I have an ounce of 'vegetable meat'? You would certainly like to eat less meat, but … it's just so tasty. WUR scientists have discovered how to make a vegetable beef steak that you can sink your teeth into.
Cheating with herbs; Does the label show what's inside the packaging? Did you know that herbs are being forged as well? Go to work with our investigators and discover the true herbs.
You want vegetables from Mars; Imagine you set off on a spaceship to Mars, where you live, sleep and eat. But, how do you grow your own vegetables? Researchers reveal how you to grow tomatoes, rucola and radish in soil like that on Mars. And…will earthworms become space travellers?
The Campus Safari begins at the central Safari Square in front of the Forum Building (building 102) and is free of charge. Visitors are welcome between 10.00 and 16.00 - the activities begin at 11.00. Prior registration is not necessary, but a number of activities do require you to sign up at Safari Square. There is adequate parking. Campus Safari rangers (students) will show you round the campus. Food trucks from the region will be serving up delicious sandwiches, coffee, tea and fruit juice.