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.
Tuesday 9th July 2014: Colby Woodland Gardens with Stackpole, Orielton and Angle
Monday 7th July 2014: The Welston Challenge
Year 3 from St Florence, Manorbier and Sageston compete against each other in an annual competition held at Welston Court Science Centre in Milton. Welston Court belongs to Professor Tony Campbell – the founder of the Darwin Centre. Each year he invites the 3 most local schools to Welston to take part in a round robin of activities. Throughout the day the children are observed by Darwin Centre staff who then have to make a difficult decision and pick the overall winner.
The pupils visit the laboratory where they explore microscopic pond life with Professor Campbell and life in the deep sea with Sam.
Little Tony takes them on a tour of the woodlands around Welston where they hide under the Gunnera plants and learn about stinging nettles and how to touch them!
Peter Brown explores the pond with them and conducts a Newt survey. This year someone fell in the pond – surprisingly this was the first time that it has ever happened!
This year’s winner was St Florence School! They were presented their trophy by Manorbier School who won the challenge last year!
The winners so far:
2007 – Manorbier
2008 – Sageston
2009 – St Florence
2010 – Sageston
2011 – Sageston
2012 – St Florence
2013 – Manorbier
2014 – St Florence
Pembrokeshire Fish Week: Saturday 28th June – Sunday 6th July.
Saturday 28th June: Open day at Milford Haven Marina
Our volunteer Gemma Williams appreciated Marten’s dance moves!
Monday 30th June: Netting the shallows at Swallow Tree Gardens, Saundersfoot
Another lovely sunny day at Swallow Tree Gardens in Saundersfoot and another great catch in the seine net – 5 little cuttlefish and 3 species of flatfish.
Tuesday 1st July: Extreme rock pooling with Thousand Island Expeditions
10 Year 9 pupils from Ysgol Dewi Sant were lucky enough to spend an hour extreme rock pooling with the team from Thousand Island Expeditions. They explored the coast around Ramsey Island and had a look at what lurked in submerged pots. They had close up views of a Small Spotted Catshark, Edible Crabs, Velvet Swimming Crabs and Common Lobsters.
Wednesday 2nd July: The Wonderful Birds of Skomer with Dale Sailing and wildlife guide John Archer Thompson
Thursday 3rd July: A guided walk on Ramsey with Lisa and Amy from the RSPB
Friday 4th July: Glow Worms with Professor Tony Campbell
On Friday evening we went to Welston Court Science Centre in Milton for an evening of bioluminescence and glow worms. After a talk from Professor Campbell we all headed to Freshwater East to hunt for glow worms and to look for bioluminescent dinoflagellates in the tide. We were lucky enough to find several female glow worms and one mating pair!
Sunday 6th July: Seine Netting & Art – Saundersfoot Harbour
For the final day of Pembrokeshire Fish Week 2014 we spent the afternoon in Saundersfoot for the Saundersfoot Harbour Festival. We teamed up with local artist Barry John and his VC Gallery crew for some seine netting in the shallows followed by an art session making huge sand sculptures of animals from the sea.
We had a fantastic week and we’re already looking forward to Pembrokeshire Fish Week 2015.
Friday 27th June 2014: Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm with Ysgol Glannau Gwaun
Dr Sarah Beynon invited us down to her farm with Ysgol Glannau Gwaun for a day filled with bug related activities. Glannau Gwaun were the first EVER school to explore the farm!
Sarah took the pupils to search for local dung beetles before showing them her collection of tropical invertebrates.
At lunch time we were treated to some grasshoppers that had been cooked in some chilli – they were super tasty. Surprisingly the majority of the class were keen to taste them, some even had seconds.
The class braved the rain and explored the stream running through the farm with kick sampling nets. They caught several male Sticklebacks in breeding colouration and lots of different invertebrates. We headed along the stream until it became deeper and much more pond like, here we found tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs and diving beetles.
Clare Flynn had the pupils searching for woolly caterpillars in amongst the hedge rows to get them thinking about camouflage colouration used by insects. Most of the woolly caterpillars found were blue with the browns, yellows and greens found less often. Every one got absolutely soaked but they still had a fantastic time and they even sang us a song at the end of the day as a thank-you!