One of the things that stands out is how much better prepared the children are, compared to when I first started. The two stock answers, if asked what they knew about Honey Bees, were: they make Honey or Sting. Now it is: “How much we depend on them for our food through pollination.” and “They help keep the air we breathe clean by pollinating trees that produce oxygen.” The teachers are also taking more notes. It is most gratifying that at break times often there are children at the door with more questions. It makes the effort worthwhile.
I would recommend to any person with time and expertise to offer their service. It is so rewarding.
Mike Bensley, Beekeeper
As part of the Milton Keynes Science Festival, our three day REAL SCIENCE Junior Chemistry at Work event took place at the City Discovery Centre from 22nd to 24th October. We had 36 demonstrations running over the three days and each day the Year 6 pupils saw 8 of the daily 12 demonstrations and, once again, it proved very popular with all the schools who attended.
We had practical demonstrations running on: Asbestos, Bees, Electrical Circuits, Bridges, Plastics, Earthworms, Fire Safe Buildings, Herbs as Medicines, Horse Digestion (with horse), Human Behaviour, Making Fake Casualties, Making Gel, Oxygen, Police Chemistry, Printing Competition, Soils Chemistry and The Human Brain.
551 students attended which was a little disappointing due to absences caused, in the main, by one school forgetting to tell me they could not attend in time for me to offer their places to schools on the waiting list. However all who attended were very positive about their day.
The three day REAL SCIENCE event at the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre open from 23rd to 25th October has been oversubscribed by the schools again and, thanks to the great response from our demonstrators (previous and new) 36 demonstrations have been been booked.
There is, however, space for more OUTSIDE DEMONSTRATIONS which would allow schools on the waiting list to bring their Year Six pupils. Demonstrators interested please contact us by next Friday 11th October at the latest.
We finally succeeded in finding enough demonstrators and the day went very well yesterday. My thanks to all of you who came and gave your 30-minute demonstrations at this event with its “fun and informative” chemistry grand finale in the school hall.
This was the first time we had added a final one-hour demonstration for the whole year group and it may become an option which other schools will now consider.