Be Curious goes virtual

Preparations are underway to bring world-leading research to people in the comfort of their own homes as the hugely popular Be Curious showcase makes its virtual debut.

Among some of the #LOOminaries creations are (Clockwise, from top left) Mae Jemison, astronaut; Seamus Heaney, poet; Agnes Pockels, chemist; James Clerk Maxwell, mathematical physicist; William Astbury FRS, physicist and molecular biologist; and Kathleen Lonsdale FRS, crystallographer

Be Curious Goes Virtual activity; Loominaries

While the physical event has been rescheduled to Saturday 10 October, colleagues from across campus are putting together some amazing online content from their own homes, to be shared as part of the very first #BeCuriousGoesVirtual next month.

Join us on Twitter from Monday 1 June for three weeks of exciting resources and video content to inspire and entertain the whole family. Stay Curious by enjoying Demonstration Week (from Monday 1 June), Arts and Crafts Week (from Monday 8 June) and Question Week (from Monday 15 June) – there’s something for everyone!

Amongst the many things to enjoy in the virtual showcase, join us to meet (and make!) the #LOOminaries in Arts and Crafts Week. Pioneered at home by Professor Lorna Dougan (School of Physics and Astronomy) and Dr Paul Beales (School of Chemistry), the #LOOminaries are people who inspire or influence others, crossed with the humble loo roll!

Check out the growing gallery of #LOOminaries that have already made their way to Twitter and why not make your own to add to the bunch in time for #BeCuriousGoesVirtual?

You can also delve into the world of DNA, deepen your understanding of archives and immerse yourself in objects from the University’s Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine during Demonstration Week. Or see if our researchers can rise to the challenge of answering just some of our burning questions in under two minutes, with everything from the weather in outer space to medieval quarantine covered in Question Week.

Dr Alexa Ruppertsberg, Public Engagement Team Leader, said: "Without our staff, who have gone to great lengths to recreate research and demonstrations at home, this would not have been possible.

"Please show your appreciation by getting involved on Twitter: liking, commenting and sharing is allowed and encouraged! As not all children are heading back to school, your local primary and secondary schools may want to get involved too."

New #BeCuriousGoesVirtual content will be shared every weekday between Monday 1 and Friday 19 June on the @UniLeedsEngage Twitter account. Keep up to date with the latest news on the Be Curious website.

Stay home, stay safe and Be Curious!

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