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- The Science Museum has invited Xampla to partner on its Future Explorers event this half term
- Xampla will be hosting a range of games and interactive activities to educate children on the harmful impact microplastics have on the natural environment
- Xampla’s team of expert scientists will engage with families on 25th and 26th October as part of its continued efforts to boost STEM education for the next generation
The Science Museum has invited Xampla, creator of natural alternatives to single-use plastic, to be a key exhibitor in its “Future Explorers” activity this October half term.
Showcasing its innovation in creating the world’s first plant protein material, Xampla will help children from the age of 7 to think about how the world will change by 2050.
As part of the week of action, Xampla will show young visitors to the museum how to identify microplastics and their harmful impact on the ocean through games and interactive demonstrations.
Xampla’s team of experts will be on site in South Kensington to engage with families as part of the company’s continued efforts to boost STEM education for the next generation.
The product of more than 15 years’ research at Cambridge University, Xampla has developed a plant protein material that mimics the molecular structure of spider silk, creating a strong, flexible and entirely natural alternative to single-use plastic. Its technology has applications in flexible films used in packaging, microcapsules used to contain fragrances in household products and nutrients in food and drink.
The Science Museum partnership comes as Xampla prepares to commercialise its products for customers across a range of industries.
Xampla CEO, Simon Hombersley, said: “We are incredibly proud to be invited to partner with the Science Museum. At Xampla, our team of experts has a real passion for taking science out into the real world to educate the next generation about STEM careers. We hope to inspire some of the children we meet this half term to be tomorrow’s scientists and innovators, seeking to improve the world around them.
“The activity will be ‘hands on’ and will be about getting young people really excited about science and the impact a career in this field can have. We will then be building on this programme of outreach over the next year with more events and activities to get involved with.”
Laura Southall, Head of Learning at the Science Museum, said: “We’re excited to be joined by Xampla to ignite the curiosity of young visitors this October half term as we explore the effects of and solutions to microplastics in our environment.”
The Future Explorers activities will be taking place at the Science Museum, London, between 25th-29th October. For more information visit: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/future-explorers
Notes to editors
- Xampla is a spin-out from the University of Cambridge. Its Supramolecular Engineered Protein has been developed over the past 15 years. It has created the world’s first plant protein material for commercial use. Its material performs like synthetic polymers, but decomposes naturally and fully without harming the environment. Xampla is the first UK University spin-out to be awarded B Corp status. Its first products will be launched later this year.
- For more information: http://www.xampla.com/
About the Science Museum
- The Science Museum is part of the Science Museum Group, the world’s leading group of science museums that share a world-class collection providing an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Over the last century the Science Museum, the home of human ingenuity, has grown in scale and scope, inspiring visitors with exhibitions covering topics as diverse as robots, code-breaking, cosmonauts and superbugs. 2020 marked a decade of transformation for the museum with the opening of the largest medical galleries in the world — Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries and Science City: The Linbury Gallery — the story of how London became a hub of discovery during 1550-1800. The Science Museum was named a winner of the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year prize for 2020. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk Twitter: @sciencemuseum