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The amazing sperm race

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a sperm? Did I hear a “Yuk, no!”? Good. Now is your chance!

Please join me, and a host of fabulous science communication students, on Wed 28 September, 12-1pm (this Wednesday!!) for the amazing sperm race.

Taking place at ANU along University Avenue - between Union Court and the fountain backing onto Daley Rd (see attached map) - The Sprog Jog is a 600m obstacle course full of thrills and spills that mimic a sperm’s journey through the female reproductive tract.

While students spend most of their time trying not to get pregnant (and studying, or something) did you know that 1 in 6 Australian couples are now infertile?

The Sprog Jog provides us with an opportunity to think about fertility, learn a thing or two about reproductive biology, be active and have fun!

This event is a prototype I’m trialling for National Science Week and I need volunteers who don’t mind getting messy. I will also need to interview some of the “sperm” competing in the race to gauge how effective this event has been at communicating science.

If you’re keen to get in on the action, please meet me at 12pm at the top of Union Court – it would be great if I could get 100 or so people doing this. Each participant will be issued with a sperm hat, allowing us to slip into the role.

A race briefing will take place at 12:15pm; the race will likely take 10-20 mins. A debrief and refreshments will follow.

Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and if you can wear white that would be awesome - to add to the sperm-like attire.

The prize is, of course, the egg!

Venue: University Avenue - between Union Court and the fountain backing onto Daley Rd
Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Enquiries: Kiri on 0402 929 187
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