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How do plants fly?

Continuing our long-time collaboration with Weston Park Museum, October half-term saw another round of Sideshow Science, a public event on the museum floor aimed at families. We asked ‘How do plants fly?’ in a hands-on science demo of seed dispersal for kids. We blew sycamore helicopters into the air with a giant fan and checked that coconuts float in water (they really do). With help from the three bears in their furry costumes we showed how animals disperse hooked seeds, and considered the mucky business of how birds and mammals spread seeds from the fruit they eat. Thanks to Hazel and Ellen for making a fantastic plant costume to show that the idea of a walking plant is a very silly one indeed …

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