CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

Welcome to the Christmas page, here you will find quizzes, activities and information which links Science and Christmas together.

THE INFINITE MONKEY CAGE: EPISODE 6 The Science of Christmas on BBC RADIO 4 iPLAYER 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b018g3ns/The_Infinite_Monkey_Cage_Series_5_The_Science_of_Christmas/

The Infinite Monkeys Robin Ince and Brian Cox are in a festive mood as they discuss the science of Christmas with special guests biologist Richard Dawkins, actor and writer Mark Gatiss and science journalist Roger Highfield.

Bugs in the Christmas Tree

Bugs in your Christmas TreeAccording to insect expert Associate Professor Bjarte Jordal at the University Museum of Bergen, your beautiful Christmas tree could house up to 25,000 insects, mites, and spiders. Read More Here……

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121R081830.htm

Scientists have attempted to answer the age old question – why is Rudolph’s nose so bright?

RudolphA paper published in the British Medical Journal claims his bright nose is “due to the presence of a highly dense and rich nasal microcirculation.”

Read the full journal here! http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e8311
Watch a picture of a reindeer on a tread mill here… 

This is a great article which answers scientific questions like, how heavy is Santa’s Sleigh? How fast does he travel? Can Reindeer Fly? Why do we get gifts at all?

The Science of Christmas – Telegraph

Why don’t you try the following quizzes.

Christmas tree detective quiz

The Big Fat Science Quiz of the Year

Christmas Science Quiz

Another Christmas quiz

Below are Christmas themed activities, you can try these at home or at Science Club.

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Christmas Tree Buzzer Game

Santa’s Sleigh Race

Christmas Gas Exchange

Christmas Bulbs Chromatography

Science snowflake activity

THE KIND OF CHRISTMAS TREE YOU NEED IN A LAB!!!

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CHRISTMAS SCIENCE ART

Microbes are different shapes and colours. Because Scientists know which colours certain fungus are, the can make pretty pictures with them. DO YOU KNOW? The first person to do this was Alexander Fleming the inventor of the first antibiotic Penicillin.

Fungal Christmas tree. Top: Talaromyces stipitatus; Tree: Aspergillus nidulans; Ornaments: Penicillium marneffei; Trunk: Aspergillus terreus.

Fungal Christmas tree. Top: Talaromyces stipitatus; Tree: Aspergillus nidulans; Ornaments: Penicillium marneffei; Trunk: Aspergillus terreus.

Fungal snowman. Hat, Eyes, Mouth, Buttons: Aspergillus niger; Arms: Aspergillus nidulans; Nose: Aspergillus terreus with Penicillium marneffei; Body: Neosartorya fischeri.

Fungal snowman. Hat, Eyes, Mouth, Buttons: Aspergillus niger; Arms: Aspergillus nidulans; Nose: Aspergillus terreus with Penicillium marneffei; Body: Neosartorya fischeri.

TRACK SANTA

Track Santa (Try this from the 1st of December).

In past years Norad (North American Aerospace Defence Command ) have tracked Santa Claus a tradition started in 1955 after a Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number and put them through to the Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” It is now possible to follow it on google earth and google maps. 

A SCIENTISTS CHRISTMAS TOP 10 CHRISTMAS GIFTS.

Ever wondered what to get that budding science nerd for christmas? Well here is the ultimate top 10, plus a few stocking fillers for good measure!

THE BIG BANG THEORY : GEEK T-SHIRTS


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We all need a shower curtain like this !!!

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AnetomicalAnatomically correct love hearts by Lou Lou P’s Delights.
Photo: Anatomical Love Heart Macarons...EYHO Valentines 2013

No. 10 A customised Lab Coat Who said Scientists were plain and white??

No. 9 Shower Squids! Tired of losing your soap? Well this handy contraption keeps then all within arms reach (excuse the pun)!

No. 8 Periodic Table Refrigerator magnets! Now who wouldn’t want to geekify the kitchen! Fun for all ages, Nurture your inner geek, and grow it in your children!

No. 7 NERD Pajamas! Actually i already have some, but i love them… if i was super cool like those girls that go to the supermarket in their pajamas, this is what i would wear!

No. 6 Mug with a Twist. Now what scientist doesn’t love Coffee (or tea in my case)? Well now you can drink out of your Cool Colour Changing Weather Mug! Oo Yes! And if your feeling generous why not get the matching magnets!

No. 5 Science Ink by Carl Zimmer, Want to know what lurks beneath a scientists lab coat? Something ‘Ultra Geeky’ that’s what! If ever a Tattoo was worthwhile, these are them!

No. 4 A year Subscription to New Scientist or National Geographic, Standard Really!

No. 3 Periodic Table Chocolate bar Yummy!

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No. 2 Mini Planeterium with accurate Northern Hemisphere Constellations! Fulfilling a childhood dream of having the night sky within my own four walls! Something you thought only the children of celebrities could achieve!

No. 1 The EcoSphere! Self Contained Life, Self Regulating and Lives Forever!! Therefore doesn’t die when im on 6 months expedition! Do you know how hard it is to keep plants alive when neglected for long periods? I tried to get ‘Plant Babysitters’ but it’s actually a lot to ask of someone. So This Tops my List!!

And those all important Stocking fillers

Gallium – Solid at room temperature, but liquid at body temp, reminds me of my childhood, wishing i had a hat like Alex Mack!

Giant Plush Microbes Hell Yes! A completely useless desk companion!

Pizza Pi Cutter Ultimate Geek Chic! Pull this out at your next party and prepare to be impressed!

Great gifts for geeks – see the link!

 

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