Science had a huge presence at Birmingham’s CoCoMAD festival for the third year in the row, thanks to a collaboration between a range of local organisations.
By Chris Hamlett
It is the first Saturday of July and through the music arts and dance of the annual CoCoMAD festival comes the deafening enthusiasm of scientists!! Since the RSC first awarded a group of local science communicators (BrumSciComm) an Outreach Small Grant to run a chemistry tent and busking activities at the CoCoMAD festival in 2017, science has been a staple of the festival. However, following a similar dose of science last year this year’s science activities were upgraded to an entire science field!
BrumSciComm teamed up with University of Birmingham's 'Research in the Heart of Brum', ChemBAM, Barber Institute and Lapworth Museum in addition to both ThinkTank and Mondelez to deliver more than fifteen stalls of outreach activities across a range of scientific disciplines for people of all ages.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table the University of Birmingham’s School of Chemistry and the School of Metallurgy and Materials showcased research into Li-ion batteries, demonstrated by a dinosaur and a game of Jenga (Prof Peter Slater and Prof Emma Kendrick’s groups), and recycling demonstrated by activities involving both waste separation (Dr Chris Hamlett, 'Discover Materials') and reuse of plastics (Prof Andrew Dove’s group).