“I’m going to give you each a little bit of plasticine and I want you to play with it while I talk. I want you to make a model; it can be anything you like. Don’t be self-conscious, just go for it. Play with it, have fun, pretend you’re 5 again.”
This is how the Allan starts all of her conference presentations. Throughout her PhD journey she intends to use this as a way of documenting conferences and perhaps capturing data about what people want to make, or at least what they say they want to make when they’re forced to think of something on the spot.