The past week (25-29th of October) at the Manchester Museum was devoted to the Manchester Science Festival. Visitors not only enjoyed permanent and temporary museum exhibitions, participated in numerous activities arranged for them by the museum staff, but also visited certain collection areas hidden behind the scenes. Amongst visitors to the Museum’s Entomology Department there were three aspiring young scientists, supervised by their teacher, who were much interested in examining spiders under the microscope.
This is what they said after their visit:
Raquel (aged 9): “I really enjoyed looking at the spiders…the thing that I loved most was drawing on the hairy detail.”
Wanda (aged 10): “Thank you for spending time answering all our questions…I’ve learnt a lot about arachnids and their body parts. I was surprised how cute the jumping spiders actually looked under the microscope.”
Dan (aged 9): “Thank you Dmitri for everything, especially showing us the minute amazing detail …Fangs and eyes were my favourite…It was a special treat.”
Fiona (the teacher): “I really enjoyed learning how amazing these tiny everyday creatures are…the way they see, move, hunt and grow was a revelation. Learning first hand from an expert was a fantastic opportunity and really brought the science to life for all of us.”
I wish to thank Fiona for sharing her and children’s impressions with me (Dmitri).