The project involved two sessions. In the first week, the children made imprints of their hands on agar plates which the scientists took away and incubated for a week. They then returned to school and the children were able to see the bacteria and fungi that grew! A hands-on session followed when the children mimicked the spread of infection with UV gel, then washed their hands and put them under UV light to see how clean their hands really were. It was fascinating and I think we will all be washing our hands more carefully from now on!
We would like to thank Dr Allison and the team very much for their time and expertise!