Petri dish art at the Auckland Arts Festival

By Siouxsie Wiles 26/03/2015

petridish art

As part of the thinkScience day at the 2015 Auckland Art Festival, we spent 2 hours letting kids and their families make their own bioluminescent bacterial art using just a cotton bud, a petri dish and a solution of harmless bioluminescent bacteria. Many thanks to James Dalton, Claire Honney, Hannah Read, Simon Swift and Benedict Uy for their help running this activity. Almost 200 children took part. The next day I photographed their glowing art works and put them up on Flickr for them to see.

If you are in Auckland this weekend and want to come have a try, we’ll be at the MOTAT Science Street Fair on Sunday!