The OPTIMA researchers are based at the University of Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh. All students have projects that span the full spectrum of science. We have engineers, biologists, chemists, vets and even a physiotherapist. All are applying hard sciences to solve clinical problems in light-based medical imaging.
You can see some of their profiles here on our website. Do any of them look like you? They are living proof that, just because you study one subject, doesn’t mean you can’t do something different in the future. So don’t panic!
We have a really cool activity that we’d like to share with you. It’s called cyanotype printing, also known as blueprinting. To make images, two chemicals are mixed and painted onto paper or cloth. If the mix is then exposed to the sun, the chemicals react to give a dark blue colour that sticks to the paper/cloth.
There is a trick though! If light can’t get to the mix, then the blue colour won’t form. You can then wash it away in a high tech bucket of tap water (wear gloves!) leaving just the white paper behind. It is similar to how our researchers use chemical probes to ID diseased tissue, whilst leaving normal tissue alone.
We have free cyanotype kits that we would like you to experiment with but first we have a question for you:
If time and money was no object, what would you want to learn about?
We’d like you to use our kits to try and answer our question using objects from home or out and about.
[UPDATE] Deadline to request resources has passed, but we’d be more than happy to send materials out for other occasions (European Researchers’ Night, British Science Week etc).
If you or your group like to receive materials to experiment with then please fill in our request for resources form. This is especially suitable if you are are shielding. This will be on a first come, first served basis and we cannot guarantee our ability to meet all requests. Please request materials by 5pm on Monday 28th September at the latest, so that we have time to get them to you!
Show us your makes over the weekend via the Twitter hashtag #OPTIMAFunPalace
Check back regularly for updates in the run up to the Fun Palace weekend!