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Bright Sparks family talk: Smart spiders

Djangoly Theatre, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham NG7 2RD, University Park
Sunday 7th July 2024 (12:00-15:00)
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Close up image of a white, smiling feamle holding a spider on her hand

Smart Spiders

Presented by Sara L. Goodacre, Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Genetics

Did you know that spiders can make their legs into sails to cross water, make stretchy silk lines to swing from tree to tree, and even talk to each other in code?

In this family-friendly talk, Sara L. Goodacre will reveal how spiders use their amazing skills, and explain what it is that we still don’t quite understand about them.

Sara will also tell us how spiders give us the template to make our own, artificial spider silk copies that could one day be used to help our own bodies to heal!

This lively family talk will take you on a scientific journey with plenty of interactive demonstrations and activities, and is designed to be enjoyed by adults and children together.  

Times: The talk will begin at 1pm, with free drop-in themed activities available from 12noon to 1pm and 2pm and 3pm

Tickets: £3 admission, concessions free. Visit the Lakeside Arts Box Office for tickets.

Age range: Suitable for ages 7-11


Bright Sparks series

This event is part of the Bright Sparks family talk series. This series features interactive talks and demonstrations by enthusiastic academics from the University of Nottingham, eager to share their research and passions with family audiences.

These lively, hour-long talks provide an insight into our world of research, while providing the opportunity to enjoy free drop-in science activities before and after each performance.  

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