science made simple  October 2016 
In this newsletter discover how the human heart works, watch some Roald Dahl inspired science, find out where we've been in Europe, and much more.
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: How does our sight affect our taste?
Roald Dahl Science
Last month we celebrated Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday by creating a series of Roald Dahl inspired science videos. How does sight affect our taste? Why are some tortoises so huge? Can we move objects with our minds?
SMS in Europe
Every two years the Ruhr area of Germany organises a massive science event called Wissensnacht Ruhr (Ruhr Science Night). The Experimentrics team were delighted to be invited to develop and stage the closing show.
"Really great show, fantastic with lots of wit and great participation with the audience. There wasn't a boring second. Really, really great! Keep it up!"
It took place in the Christuskirche (a working church and arts centre) in Bochum. We joined forces with our friends Physikanten and Co. (a German science communication company) to create a unique 2-hour experience of slightly crazy science demonstrations and theatrical silliness.  
You can catch The Experimentrics next at OPEN Norwich 23rd & 24th October, as part of the Norwich Science Festival. 
Our SMS office at the Open University in Milton Keynes is one year old! Leanne, who head up the branch, was out showcasing her science busking skills at the recent Faculty of STEM launch event. The Faculty of STEM encourages cross-collaboration between disciplines.
There was a real buzz of diverse STEM research on show, from robots who can be programmed to become artists, to the latest research on the Martian surface, and the use of pollen grains to help us better understand our climate. There were lots of fascinating areas that SMS hopes to get more involved with on future outreach projects. 
Leanne has had a fantastic time presenting 'It's only Water...or is it?' at the annual festival in the Futuro Remoto Science Village in Naples, Italy. It was the fesitval's 30th birthday - and Leanne joined in the celebrations, wowing crowds by appearing to vanish water and switch off gravity!
science made simple swims for CALM

In order to raise money and awareness for the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), we are aiming to swim over 250 miles in three months! We are one month down, with  a long way to go. To find out more and to sponsor us, click here.
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David has been busy visiting schools and showing them science busking as part of our work with PERFORM. It's clear that the students are enjoying learning science busks!
Wendy recently went to Luxembourg to help advise the National Research Council on funding for public engagement projects. She was invited to sit on a panel of experts reviewing proposals for projects of up to €500,000 that aim to create a legacy of STEM engagement activity in the country. She was also invited to sit in the pilot's seat of the aeroplane on her flight home, as pictured above!
Zoë recently took a trip down memory lane, returning to her hometown of Sheffield. She visited her old secondary school, performing 'Engineering for Life' for Year 8, and gave a careers talk to Year 12. She also visited her old junior school, performing 'Bubbles and Balloons' to the excitable Year 3, which included Zoë's niece! 
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If you are keen to spread your love of science, or fancied writing a blog but don't know where to start, get in touch! We are happy to post guest blogs on our website and shout about them and their author!
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