The World Biotech Tour Family Weekend was a great success, attracting crowds of more than 2000 people to Scitech over two days.
The unique event allowed families to take a closer look at how vital biotechnology is to our way of life with guest speakers, experiments, hands-on activities and a biotechnology scavenger hunt.
Attendees were invited to make a cake in a cup in the CSIRO Lab to explore how biotechnology relates to much of our food, before discovering how medical 3D printing is creating replacement body parts for people around the world.
Families could also explore a plant cell in virtual reality with the Plant Energy Biology team and take part in activities such as virus slaying, pipetting and cheek cell biopsies.
Scitech’s Tara Broadhurst said the impressive crowds on both days suggested people had a real interest in biotechnology and were keen to learn more about this important field.
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Scitech has been selected to participate in the international World Biotech Tour (WBT), an initiative of the Association of Science-Technology Centres (ASTC) and supported by the Biogen Foundation.
The World Biotech Tour is a three-year program where twelve international science centres and museums are selected to showcase biotechnology in everyday life and career pathways. Multiple activities and events celebrate biotech’s contribution to the fields of health, medicine, agriculture and energy.