Scientists have improved our lives immeasurably throughout human history. Through furthering our understanding of the world, to more practical discoveries like penicillin and refrigeration.
This is science’s latest contribution to the world, and it’s a doozy. Say hello to Bio-Bounce the gigantic replica of a planet cell that you can jump on!
My word it’s beautiful.
One for plant-lovers, those with a keen interest in biology, children and parents alike – the world’s biggest and bounciest cell will be on display at Floriade this weekend.
The giant structure is a collaboration between the Pogson Laboratory at ANU and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at the University of Western Australia.
Named “Bio-Bounce”, it has been recreated by enlarging a plant cell one million times and measures 10 metres by 12 metres in size.
Pogson Laboratory Manager Derek Collinge says the giant jumping castle is more than just fun. He says it speaks a thousand words.
“Where diagrams in a text book struggle to convey the hustle and bustle of the inner workings of a plant cell, the BioBounce really brings to life a microscopic world by putting kids right in the middle of it.
“Not only can kids and their parents learn how plants make energy, but they can burn off some energy themselves by jumping around a life-sizes plant cell!”
The project’s organisers hope the jumping castle will help the community understand how cells work and why researchers study them.
They say it’s also about getting people excited about science and careers in the field.
“Bio-Bounce” will be open to the public on 4, 5 and 6 October at Floriade from 10am to 5pm.