Family fun at Yummy Food Lab

Family fun at Yummy Food Lab

A fun, interactive family Café Scientifique session will be hosted by the University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute at Waterstones, Union bridge, on Saturday August 13 which will look at the science of food and drink.

Dr Sue Bird, Sylvia Stephen and colleagues from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health will facilitate the free event with fun hands-on experiments to help kids understand fundamental scientific concepts.

The spaghetti tower challenge, which involves building the highest tower with only spaghetti and marshmallows, will be used as a tool to learn about basic engineering.

Kids will also get examine the food colourings used in sweets, and be able to experiment with different colours in milk.

For the grownups the food lab will look at food energy consumed versus food energy burnt when exercising.

Dr Sue Bird said “We do rather silly stuff with food to learn about the fundamentals of science.

“The lab is all about fun and understanding. The Café isn’t just for kids, adults can learn a lot too, especially about the energy in food.

“We will have food displays which we think will surprise people about the level of energy in food.”

Dr Ken Skeldon, of the University of Aberdeen's Public Engagement with Science
Unit, said “Our cafe science events take place all year round but August is the one month where we aim for a younger audience and use more hands-on activities. Each year is a different theme and we hope Yummy Food Lab will be educational as well as fun.”

Admission is free and the event runs from 2pm – 4pm as a drop in session.