The Dragon LNG Darwin Experience aims to work with every school in Pembrokeshire every year. We carry out field trips and workshops on many subjects linked to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Some of the activities offered are listed below. Please visit our Facebook page to see what we are up to on a daily basis.
A morning spent sampling the river brings environmental science into a world the children can understand and experience. They get really wet whilst measuring the speed of the river, creating a profile of the river bed and discovering what lives in Pembrokeshire’s.
The follow-up workshop explains the use of biotic indexes to calculate the cleanliness of the river, along with discussion on pollutants. The children carry out an experiment to demonstrate condensation and the presence of water vapour in order to back up the curriculum orders.
A visit to Carew Tidal Mill is a fascinating start to the topic of energy production. A guided tour of the National Parks managed site captures the imaginations of all and reminds us how much natural energy there is in the environment.
The workshop allows the children to understand modern methods of energy production, with a demonstration of a steam engine and hand’s on experiments with electromagnets. They will discuss their understanding of the energy used during their daily life and how and why it is important for us to reduce our energy use.
A visit to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) protected by European law with Sid Howells (Geologist) sets the scene for the subject. At the site the pupils encounter evidence of ice ages and glaciation, as well as beaches several metres above today’s which indicate warmer times and higher sea levels.
The workshop has a hands-on experiment as well as a presentation on the greenhouse effect and the influence that human life is having on it.
Keep Wales Tidy bring their experience of beach cleans to our marine litter field event. The children examine the beach and collect any litter, whilst considering how the litter ended up on the beach. The workshop looks at the different types of litter found, and the effect that it can have on marine wildlife and humans. How we can reduce the litter on our beaches and the damage that can be caused?
Life in a rock pool
A visit to the beach to explore the rock pools is a fantastic introduction to coastal wildlife, food webs, adaptations and habitats. The children each have a net to help them collect fish, prawns, and shrimps, several species of crab and if we are lucky we might even discover starfish.
The follow up workshop provides the pupils with an opportunity to use and become confident with microscopes, before they study a sample of plankton to help them understand the importance of microscopic plants and creatures in the food chains.