Glasgow City of Science is working with all primary schools in Glasgow on a hand hygiene project in spring 2014 and part of this involves an introduction to microbes. We thought that a good way to introduce this is through small fluffy microbes. Can you help us?
Glasgow Primary Schools - Hand Hygiene World Record Attempt
Primary schools across Glasgow are primed to participate in an attempt at a world record on Wednesday 19th March at 1.30pm. It should be an exciting day for the children in Glasgow to work together to break the existing world record!
Hand Hygiene Countdown to Record Attempt
Read Catriona Stewart's coverage in the Evening Times on 6th February: "Knitting bugs hope to break world record"
Read a great write-up of the Hand Hygiene World Record attempt in Glasgow and the knitted microbes by NHS Inform over at the STV website!
Read The Extra online "Calling all knitters: we need germs!"
Read The Daily Record, 'Knitted bacterium tour Glasgow to drum up more woolly bugs for world record bid' by Cordelia O'Neill.
Check out the Pinterest Knitted Microbes board:Follow Glasgow CityOfScience Knitted Microbes on Pinterest
Knit in your own time!
We need at least 140 of each of the different kinds of microbes which are of the small knitted kind about 10 cm long.
Knitting patterns are available for the following: tuberculosis, cholera, salmonella, common cold, swine flu, penicillium.
An alternative crochet pattern is available here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hamthrax (please note: the 'snout' does not need to be included!)
Knitting pattern for common cold using straight needles. (Download Word document)
Knitting pattern for swine flu using straight needles. (Download Word document)
- The pattern for TB can be adapted to make E. coli. All it needs are 3 long flagella to one end of the tube and lots of smaller ones to sides as in the picture below.
So if you have skills, spare wool and a bit of time why not knit us a few.
Look out for our dropping-off box in reception at the Govan Mbeki building at Glasgow Caledonian University and also at Glasgow Science Centre. You can continue to send completed microbes in through early March - ideally before 14th March 2014. Alternatively you can post them to me at:'Glasgow City of Science big microbe knit'
Glasgow Science Centre
50 Pacific Quay
Glasgow G51 1EA
Many thanks in anticipation of your help.
Batches of Bacteria
Back on the 6th December 2013, the microbes featured in the John O Groat Journal in an article by Catriona Metcalf - "Wanted: nifty knitters to help attempt world record".
Huge thanks to the First Monday and the Strathendric Embroiderers guild, who've got 33 lovely knitted microbes (in the pic below) to send our way!
Many thanks too to all who came along to the Knitting Bug at Glasgow Caledonian University on the 27th November to add to the growing collection of salmonella, cholera, TB, the common cold, swine flu and good old penicillin microbes!