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  • Project contributors: McGowan T, Dey B,

    This Project is part of the following research programme/s:

    Communication and Education


    We regularly participate in the University of Southampton's annual Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF) on an annual basis. Our aim is for visitors to leave our exhibit with a better understanding of the issues around population change, and curiosity to find out more in the future.

    Timed to coincide with British Science Week each year, SOTSEF includes hands-on activities, shows, demonstrations, talks and tours. Over recent years, SOTSEF has grown to become one of the most popular science festivals in the South of England, with over 7,000 visitors to Science and Engineering Day in 2019.
    Our interactive activities at Science and Engineering Day include:

    • 'A Life Journey' Interactive iPad App
    The app "A Life Journey" provides insights on the topic of demographic change in Europe and introduces individuals to the field of population studies.
    • Population Pyramid Lego Activity
    A population pyramid is a graph showing how many men and women of different age groups are in a population. This activity encourages visitors to try building examples of population pyramids using Lego, or to create their own.
    • 'How do we think about ageing?' Data Strings Game
    A growing, real-life graph capturing the thoughts and feelings of our visitors, stimulating conversations about approaches to ageing.