The Westerdijk Institute is currently hosting an exhibition about Fungi at the University Museum in Utrecht, together with Utrecht University and the University Museum. This week, during the Spring Holidays, the Westerdijk Institute organizes some extra activities for children and families.
27 February – 3 March three technicians of the Westerdijk Institute will be there every day, to teach children how to use a pipette and how to “punch” fungi in order to store them. No real fungi are being used, of course, but lemonade and agar proves to be a good replacement that is safe for the kids to play with.
Also, 2 microscopes were installed, showing Saccharomyces cerevisiae (common yeast) and Penicillium roqueforti. Of course, there was also some freshly baked bread and Roquefort cheese for the children to enjoy.
Twice a day the technicians also hold an inspiring talk about what is like to be a technician at the Westerdijk Institute, meanwhile answering an array of questions from both the kids and their parents.
We are already looking back on a very well visited, even sometimes crowded, week. Let the pictures speak for themselves!