With it being British Science Week Friday 12th March saw our first Science of Vision event. The event began with a series of workshops covering Eye Biology, Astronomy, Game of Light and Accessibility in Technology. During the workshops, we learnt a whole host of interesting facts!
Did you know, for example, that an adult eyeball only weights 6g?
Have you ever made a sausage appear by holding the tips of your fingers together?
Do you know how to fund out which is your dominant eye?
We learnt about the development of stars and what happens to them when they burn out, plus how refraction in raindrops causes rainbows. We learnt about how lenses work and the phenomenon of double or even triple rainbows.
The Accessible Technology workshop showed us what cookies are, what the padlock is next to a web address and how to use our phone’s in-built screen reader, amongst a whole range of other useful accessibility tips.
After a question and answer session with various professionals working in the eye sector in Wales, we then had a very informative session from Jasmin Chowdhury from Public Health Wales on Covid, the vaccine and health inequalities. Participants were able to put their questions to Jasmin and, as you can imagine, there were a lot of questions!
Sight Cymru are hoping to run similar events in the future. Keep an eye on our website and social media for future events.