The Big Ocean Challenge: saving the seas
DSC, together with BAE Systems, are working with Dorset schools to help find solutions to one of the World’s biggest problems – the deteriorating health of our seas.
Interactive, weeklong sessions, create the opportunity for year 6 children to define and tackle their own Ocean Challenge. Teams of four undertake a project based on research and scientific understanding to solve real-life challenges. Through design, build, and test exercises, they will apply critical thinking to a range of issues affecting the health of our oceans. Featuring guest speakers, Year 6 pupils have the chance to meet the engineers, scientists, and technicians on the front line of climate change, in the heart of where the action happens.
The Ocean Challenge experience takes place in a business-like setting and students attend each weekday for a week.
At the first pilot, starting on 6th June, Catarina Lopes, of Ocean Generation, will introduce the Oceaneers to the history and challenges of life in the ocean.
As well as training as Oceaneers, saving the oceans through engineering, students will be using Gallup’s CliftonStrengths Explorer to grow personal confidence and gain experience in team working.
Pilot workshops are taking place at the STEM Education Portal recently opened by BAE Systems, Christchurch. contact Jan Peters, Co-founder at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re excited to have Louise Roberts of @AlimentiFoodSciences joining the Experi-Tent on Sunday 11 May She’ll be talking about bugs and food. What else?
Each of us, as an adult, has around 30,000,000,000,000 viable microbes living in our intestines and body, comprising over 400 different species. How much do all these bugs weigh in an average adult? Around 200g, according to the US Library of Medicine. However, this estimate varies widely. They help to digest food, especially vegetable matter and keep harmful bacteria (or pathogens) at bay.
Louise and Helen Manley will be at the Experi-TENT on the Quomps, Christchurch on 11 and 12 May. Bring along your questions so you can eat your way to a healthier lifestyle. At the same time gain confidence in how scientists are working to ensure we know what food we are eating and where it comes from.
Food Festival Experi-TENT supported by Outreach Grant
We are bringing science to the Christchurch Food Festival.
The Discover Science Christchurch team have been awarded funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry. We’ll be working hard, recruiting volunteers and designing and practising fun things for you to do on 11 and 12 May.
Our pop up science activity will be at the heart of the Christchurch Food Festival on 11 and 12th May 2019. Find out more.
The experi-TENT experiences includes hands-on activities, meet and talk to scientists and explore the science in our food. Our aim is to connect around 2000 members of the community to our passion for science.
We’re looking forward to gaining your support for a more permanent science discovery centre in the town.
Activities will include acid and base chemistry, flavour enhancers, food safety and food fraud and more general diet. Our team of volunteers will have a range of experiments and demonstrations as well as Illustrations on display boards.
Two competitions will support the hands-on activities and prompt engagement and discussion with chemists, material scientists and engineers.
Get in touch!
We’d love to hear from you about how to get involved and support us at this event. A training day will take place on 13th April where we will try the hands-on activities and do our risk assessments. Please register to find out more.