Can you learn to speak Alien?
Can you learn to speak Alien? Help researchers from City University, London find out what makes it easier or harder to learn new words, as Tok-i-tok tries to teach you her language.
This event is part of the Science Museum's ongoing Live Science programme, in which pupils can take part in real experiments conducted by visiting scientists. It's a great opportunity to meet scientists and find out what they do.
About the event
The researchers will give a short talk about their work pitched appropriately for the age of your group. Then pupils who have received parental consent to participate (see below) will complete the activity.
Participants will put on headphones and repeat made-up words presented on a computer. Some of the words will be easy to repeat and some more difficult. Sometimes pupils will be able to see the ‘alien’ teaching them the words, and sometimes they will just hear the ‘alien’.
The researchers will record how many words pupils repeat correctly, and an audio recording will be made of their responses. This information will be kept strictly confidential and analysed later by the scientists to help them find patterns.
Three pupils can participate at a time and the study will take about eight minutes. There are other activities for those who are waiting their turn or who do not have parental consent to take part.
Booking is required
School groups need to pre-book this event though the Learning Support Team on 020 7942 4777. Sessions last up to 30 minutes, depending on the number of students with parental consent. Each session can accommodate 9 pupils and 1 supervisory adult.
Can you learn to speak Alien? takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays until 21 December 2013.
Who can take part?
Everyone aged 5-11 is welcome to participate.
Because this is a medical research project, parental consent is required for young people under the age of 18 to take part. When you make a booking for this event we will send you a consent form to pass on to parents or guardians for completion. The researchers will collect the completed forms on the day. Pupils who do not have completed consent forms will be able to do other activities. If no-one has completed consent forms we regret that you will not be able to take up your session. Please let us know so that we can release the slots to other visitors.
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