Science students at a Banbury Aspirations Campus have found out how easily germs such as coronavirus spread if not caught in a tissue or one’s elbow.

As part of Science Week (6 -15 March), students at Futures Institute used a virus substitute – tonic water mixed with bio washing powder and water in a spray bottle – to produce a liquid that will show up as a glow under ultraviolet (UV) light. They then did a series of experiments to show how the virus can be transmitted.

Virus experiment

Dr Catherine Pickup, Director of Project-based Learning at Futures Institute Banbury, said the experiment was timely and it tied in with students’ current study of explosions.


Spray bottle

Sneeze liquid

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