Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 17:00

An incredible journey inside the human body awaits visitors to the Eden Project over half-term (Friday May 22 to Sunday May 31).

Strange Science is all about what keeps us healthy, how we process food and the billions of bugs which look upon us as their home.

Among the many weird and wonderful features is ‘Guts and Gasses’ a journey through inflatable innards showing how bodies produce gases.

‘The Mad-Lab Kitchen Science’ will allow budding scientists to get hands-on, making realistic slime or even a lava lamp to take home.

‘Try this at home’ is a series of interactive demonstrations for all ages, which includes the making of cloud jars and elephant toothpaste.

Eden’s science team will be presenting a world of tiny wonders with ‘Microscopic Marvels - Big it Up!’

The Bellybutton Portrait Series is an installation and participatory performance by New York artist Joana Ricou that invites viewers to consider their other selves, the parts of their body which are not human.

Joana will be in residence from May 21-26, collecting 100 bellybutton samples from visitors per day assisted by a team from University of Exeter Medical School under Dr. William Gaze.

‘Body Bugs’ will encourage visitors to be inspired by amazing microscopic images and sculptures of bacteria and viruses and get crafting their own imaginary bug.

‘Farti-facts and the Fantastic Fart Machine’ is an interactive process that encourages children and adults to think about how the body uses food as a fuel.

Kate Francis, Eden’s programme producer, said: “Strange Science is all about body bugs and bubbling mixtures.

“It is the kind of science we know children love – they will be able to conduct mad lab experiments and even make their own slime.

“We are sure ‘Guts and Gasses’ will be a hit as we explore how the body processes food and the science behind its less savoury by-product – loud emissions.”

There will be drop-in workshops in the Core from May 22nd – 27th at 1- 4pm with acclaimed bioartist Anna Dimitriu and microbiologist Simon Park of Surrey University.

Participants will be able to try their hand at creating infective textile designs using a mixture of cultured hand bacteria and antimicrobial plant materials or learn some home recipes of how to stain bacteria and make slides to look at their own cells under the microscope.

In the Rainforest Biome Eden’s narrators will be talking about the strange ways in which plants pollinate.

In the Mediterranean Biome the narrators will also be hosting ‘Strange Citrus’. Visitors can see how a grapefruit clock works and write with invisible ink from a lemon.