Tuesday 16th September 2014: Colby Woodland Gardens with Year 5 from Lamphey School.
The National Trust at Colby Woodland Gardens kindly allow us to use their fantastic site for field trips with local schools. Today we were working with Year 5 from Lamphey School. We compared two different freshwater habitats: the pond and the stream. After a busy morning of catching critters we headed back to school for a follow up workshop looking at different rivers of the world and types of pollution. We finished the day off with a microscope session looking at all of the different animals and sketching a few of our favourites.
Tuesday 9th September 2014: Cardiff University Life Sciences Challenge 2014. Ysgol y Preseli V Whitchurch High School.
Congratulations to Team Morgan from Ysgol y Preseli for winning the Pembrokeshire heats of the Life Sciences Challenge 2014 and going on to compete in the semi-finals against Whitchurch High School. Team Morgan was made up of Lloyd, Hannah, Thomas and Hannah from Year 10. They were the youngest ones to compete in the competition and they played very well against Whitchurch. Well done Team Morgan and good luck for next year.
Friday 22nd August 2014: Exploring the Preseli hills with local naturalist Peter Brown.
We had a great afternoon with members of the public exploring the wildlife on the Preseli hills. Peter showed us signs that sheep had been grazing in the area one such sign is the tipi shaped gauze bush pictured above. We caught lots of different insects and spiders, looked for Sundew the insectivorous plant and walked on a pingo.
Thursday 14th August 2014: Marine Fun Day – Dale
We once again teamed up with the crew from Dale Fort Field Studies Centre for a marine themed fun day. The day started with a snorkelling session from Castle beach with snorkel leaders Kim and Amy from Dale FSC. After lunch we headed down to Dale beach for some rock pooling and push netting! We saw a vast variety of creatures which included Leathery sea squirts (Styela clava), Peacock worms (Sabella pavonina), several different species of crab and fish and one very slimy Lugworm (Arenicola marina).
Tuesday 15th July 2014: Life Sciences Challenge 2014 at Pembrokeshire College
Friday 11th July 2014: Science Aglow – Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College
We had a great Science Aglow event in the Merlin Theatre with pupils from Haverfordwest VC, Fenton, St Aiden’s and Ysgol y Frenni. As the Pembrokeshire representatives of the British Science Association we put on this event twice a year and invite four schools to each. The schools take part in a round robin of workshops before presenting their science project to the Darwin team.
The workshop providers were Tim Brew from Energy in Education who delivered sessions on renewable energy; Zoe from Keep Wales Tidy who looked at marine litter and its associated problems and Ginny and Russ from Silent World To You who brought in their fantastic selections of reptiles and creepy crawlies.
After lunch everyone returned to the Merlin Theatre for the finale- An interactive science show with presenter Huw James. Huw showed us the technologies used to survive out in the wilderness, this included a bug eating session! Pupils from Ysgol y Frenni blasted one of their classmates with a leaf blower and sprayed him with water to test out a weatherproof jacket.
Thanks to all of the schools for coming along with their science projects and to all of the workshop providers and Huw for making the day such a success.