At the beginning of February, the MBA education team journeyed to the Eden project in Cornwall for an amazing weekend at the opening of the brand new ‘Invisible Worlds’ exhibit. Not only did we get a chance to explore the new ‘Ocean: Plankton Chronicles’ exhibit by Christian Sardet & The Macronauts, but we got to witness Christian and Noé Sardet officially cut the ribbon which was an amazing experience to be a part of! We also had the MBA’s own ‘Amazing World of Algae’ exhibit, situated within the Invisible World labs.Despite the snowy and icy start leading to road closures on the Saturday morning, the footfall gradually increased to a constant flow of enthusiastic people of all ages, ready to take part in our various activities.
Eliane teaching about the variety of seaweeds found in the UK at the Live Seaweed Exploration Station.
Visitors included a number of MBA members who were lucky enough to be given free access to the Eden Project for the weekend to celebrate the launch of the new Invisible Worlds: Ocean Exhibit. The Amazing World of Algae exhibit is made up of five stations:
- Algataku - making seaweed print bookmarks, originating from Gyotaku – a traditional Japanese method of printing fish (…but with algae!).
- Seaweed Slime – Combine sodium alginate and calcium chloride to create your own slimy creation.
- MBA Membership – We provide the opportunity to join the MBA or talk to the team about opportunities and everything to do with membership.
- Live Seaweed Sample Exploration – Feel, smell, see, hear (seaweed whistles!) and even taste samples of the different seaweeds on offer.
- The Supermarket Challenge – Can you work out which common supermarket products contain sea weed?
There were also a series of talks given by Christian and Noé Sardet, as well as guest speakers from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. We all appreciated the opportunity to promote the work of the MBA to a new audience and would like to thank the Eden Project team for their hospitality. Overall the two-day event was an amazing experience and the varierty of workshops and activities were a huge success.