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Glebelands School Community Science Show with ‘Gastronaut!’

On Thursday 1st February 2018 Glebelands School hosted its Community Science Show, ‘The Utterly Revolting Science Show by Gastonaut, ‘Stefan Gates’. Stefan started out as a food writer but is now also an internationally recognised science communicator, being on a number of BBC channels with shows such as Gastronauts and Incredible Edibles. Stefan is a prominent author producing a number of books on food related matters, as well as some very different cookbooks.

His talk at Glebelands was a journey through the digestive system, starting with bogies and it continued in this vane throughout. The talk lived up to its name, looking at the chemical reactions that occur throughout the body. Experiments included exploding milk powder to show energy in food and using vomit to cook an egg to show what happens in the stomach. The show ended with the process of excretion at the end live on stage – much to the audiences delight. We were also shown what it takes to be a super taster and how eating insects could be one future sustainable food source. Stefan managed to get three volunteers from the crowd to sample dried locusts, crickets and fat-ass-ants (real name).

The talk was highly engaging and helped to highlight some of the incredible tasks that the body carries out to keep us alive - and why some of the “not so incredible” are also key to our survival.

As Glebelands School is a Science and Mathematics specialist school we pride ourselves on the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to our students and wider community. Our Science events allow everyone to see the opportunities available through these areas and why they are so important.

It was a very enjoyable evening and a great end to a fantastic Community Science Week at Glebelands School.