Monthly Archives: April 2013
Another Imperial Day?
|Ready to go: Some of the stuff we’ll
be taking to Imperial Festival on Saturday –
Including wild-flower meadow wellies!
So if you’re in London at the weekend, drop in and see what we’re up to. There are loads of other cool activities going on during the 2 days of the festival. The full programme is available to download here. And so you know where to go: we’ll be in the Activity tent near the entrance off Imperial College Road from 12-6 pm.
See you there!
Sounds of Science
|What happens when you sit on a balloon?|
|Gingerly sitting down…|
|…on the world’s second largest whoopee cushion|
After some excellent tea and biscuits, David went on to introduce us to his street busking science tricks. There followed the rest of a very active day involving sitting on balloons (bum gets hot), amplifying what a slinky really sounds like when it bounces using a polystyrene cup (like space!), and my personal favourite, sitting on an enormous whoopee cushion to demonstrate how sound is created by vibrations. We then applied all these inspirational and novel techniques to our own ideas about how to make ecology come to life for people of all ages. The day finished off with a bit of a brainstorming session between the groups with some potentially brilliant ideas emerging, e.g. people on stilts, a food web/-chain made out of people, an assassins game based on a food web, an ecosystem chair, an insect sorting hat, fungi smells and a bee waggle dance. The next step is to set out the logistics of these ideas and make them happen!
|Testing a few busks|
Who better to support our festival BioBlitz than the Field Studies Council?
The FSC has really pioneered environmental education – over the last 70 years they have given hundreds of thousands of people across the UK the opportunity to learn about the wonders of the natural world. In addition to field classes for school children, professional development and amateur interest courses, the FSC also has a range of great publications. The FSC fold-out charts are a fantastic way to introduce people to species identification, and they have very kindly produced a really lovely pocket-sized fold-out chart of ‘Campsite Wildlife’ for our Sex & Bugs & Rock ‘n Roll stall.
|Sneak preview of the FSC fold-out chart of ‘Campsite Wildlife’|
All you have to do to get one of these great pocket fold-out charts is participate in our festival BioBlitz – either take a picture of a species you’ve found on the festival site, or bring it along to the stall.
All collected species will be entered onto an iSpot webpage, so you can go and find more info on ‘your’ species when you’re back at home (and perhaps even win our prize draw – watch this space for details!).
So Happy 70th Birthday FSC – it’s a great pleasure to be celebrating with you!